[IRP] FW: Call for comments: DRAFT Version 1.1

Lisa Horner LisaH
Fri Jan 7 12:30:02 EET 2011

Hi all

I agree that we need to think really carefully about this so we get it right, and thanks for engaging with this.  Could people start to come up with specific suggestions/an outline and timescale of what they think should happen and how we should frame things?

Are we saying that we don't go out with a "official" version 1.1 yet, e.g. through setting up a website and encouraging wide circulation?  Are we saying that we go to specific communities of expertise to sharpen the document first (e.g. jan - march), and then go out for more general consultation (e.g. april - june)?  I've been trying to present our drafts in different forums I've been going to (e.g. Frank La Rue's series of regional consultations).  Should I refrain from doing that...maybe talking a bit about the process rather than presenting an actual draft?  Or do we continue as we are (e.g. inviting comments widely), but add a clear note to the draft saying that it's very much a draft and that we're currently seeking expert opinion from specific communities?

I guess the advantage of going out widely in the first instance is that we might get some people interested who have specific expertise and can help us, who we didn't previously know.  We also want to mobilise interest and support.  The disadvantages, as Lee and Mike point out, are that we might imply that the document is more finalised than it is, and perhaps that people would be more reluctant to engage.

Please note as well that we'll all be relying on coalition members to take the lead in talking to different contacts with different expertise.  Whether we form a steering committee, working groups, or use another system.  So we should formulate a plan that matches realistically what people are able and committed to do, rather than being too ambitious and then failing to meet our goals.

What are people's thoughts?  Concrete suggestions are particularly welcome!

All the best,
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