[seedig] [SEEDIG] Clarifications about the SEEDIG Ambassadors Programme

Narine Khachatryan ms.narine.khachatryan at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 21:38:57 CET 2019

Dear Dusan,

As you touched upon the concern raised by me, whether the process is
bottom-up or top-down, I will provide my humble feedback here.

I do not think that *changing the rule without letting anyone in the
community aware and agree on it *- constitutes the idea of bottom-up
process. You changed the rule twice: 1. you accepted a joint application,
2. you allocated to that single application two slots. Was anyone in the
community aware that such joint applications were possible and accepted? I
think, if people knew about that possibility, you may have a lot of other
outstanding applications from two/three/etc.... members of the community.

I would also like to mention here, that this is not about certain people, I
deeply respects  Fotjon and Oliana, as brilliant people and experts. This
is about principle: either you decide and implement everything on your own
(as clearly described in your letter below), or you respect the community
and take into account the rules, proposed and approved by the community.

Best regards to everyone,


p.s. I would also like to add here, that in the meantime I received an
email from Gergana Petrova, asking me why particularly I have been writing
to the SEEDIG mailing list, and not to Chair, or Executive Committee
exclusively. I would like to explain here once again, the reason is *I
believe wholeheartedly in Democracy, Transparency and Bottom-Up Processes*.
I believe SEEDIG will become such process one day.

On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 11:38 PM Dušan Caf via seedig <seedig at lists.rnids.rs>

> Dear all,
> We have received a few questions regarding the selection process for SEEDIG
> Ambassadors <https://seedig.net/ambassadors-programme/>  Let me briefly
> clarify the whole process.
> The Executive Committee launched the SEEDIG Ambassadors Programme
> <https://seedig.net/ambassadors-programme/> with an objective to enhance
> SEEDIG’s visibility and presence in the countries of South Eastern Europe
> and the neighbouring area.
> There are a few issues that deserve clarification:
>    1.
>    When launching the SEEDIG Ambassadors Programme, we looked for
>    community members that could reach out to various stakeholder groups and
>    communities (including youth) in their countries and share their experience
>    with other ambassadors. We were looking for a mixture of community members
>    that could devote their time to SEEDIG, actively contribute and help the
>    Executive Committee in carrying out SEEDIG’s aims and objectives. We
>    expected them to be team players and work closely with the Executive
>    Committee.
>    2. The Ambassadors Programme was meant to be tightly linked to
>    SEEDIG’s annual meeting cycle.
>    3.
>    The activities of ambassadors should be focused at the national level.
> The SEEDIG Ambassadors Programme selection process was bottom up. We first
> launched the call for applications, promoted it widely through the SEEDIG’s
> mailing list, website and social media channels, received applications and
> then selected the ambassadors.
> We received 13 applications with 14 candidates (a joint application of
> Oliana and Fotjon).
> Initially, the Executive Committee decided to have only one ambassador per
> country. As we received an outstanding joint application from Oliana and
> Fotjon, we decided to make an exception. Another exception was in the case
> of Romania, which hosts this year’s annual meeting, where more efforts have
> been required to reach out to various stakeholders across the large country
> and ensure higher stakeholder engagement.
> We had interviews with the candidates and evaluated their applications.
> The final decision on the selection of the candidates was consensual and
> agreed without any raised concerns. All members of the Executive Committee
> participated at the meeting and we all firmly stand behind our decision.
> We would like to use this opportunity to thank once again all of you who
> applied for the Ambassadors Programme and invite you to further contribute
> to strengthening SEEDIG.
> Best regards,
> Dušan
> Member | SEEDIG Executive Committee
> (on behalf of the committee)


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