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IFVP Board of Directors meeting: February 10

The IFVP Board of Directors met on Saturday, February 10 for our regular meeting. After checking in, we looked at reports on membership and finances. We have an increasing number of basic memberships, which was our hope for increasing our diversity, equity and inclusion by offering a lower cost version of membership. This has presented a challenge however as memberships are our primary income stream for maintaining our operation. We discussed the need to develop multiple income streams and to research whether the basic membership is meeting our DEI hopes.

2024 Global Summit updates!

So we've sold out our early bird registrations (thanks all who boosted us into the new year!) and have now put in place the regular registration page. The non-member price is $1750 (summit and on-campus food, not travel or housing). Premium and basic members who are signed in to your account will find an automatic discount that will allow premium members to register for $1550 and Basic members to register for $1650. 

December meeting of the board of directors

The IFVP board of directors met on Saturday, December 9. We checked in on each other's week and moved to reports. We noted that there are 246 members divided among premium and basic. We noted that we have 21 registrations for the Montclair Summit, which leaves 19 early bird spots left. We are anticipating that we will see significant gains in engagement in and around the Summit, and are preparing to be ready to involve people in various projects.

IFVP Asia gathers!

I was glad to be invited by Chung Li, Tul and Jilly to zoom in with the IFVP Asia meetup on Saturday, November 25th (that's their time, for me it was 9pm on Friday night!). It looked like about 60 participants altogether (about half online, half in person) and for me there was active conversation on the zoom chat and facebook group. I met some very talented and excited people who were eager to learn about visual practice and the IFVP.

November IFVP Board of Directors

The IFVP Board of Directors met for their November meeting. After reviewing minutes, financial reports and membership reports, we discussed the upcoming Global Summit scheduled for July 30 - August 2 in Montclair, NJ. We noted that we have more proposed workshops and pre-conference sessions than we can possibly offer, we are grateful for the interest expressed by members from all over the world. Our review committee will be working to contact those who have offered proposals in the next weeks. We are working to launch our Early Bird registration on December 1.

Neuland Markers introduced to workshop participants

At the recent National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation conference in Atlanta a group of IFVP members offered a workshop on "Visual Practice for Dialogue and Deliberation." Through the generous support of Neuland, we were able to offer participants their own first set of professional markers. The 349 conference attendees witnessed graphic recording in practice as we created 30+ boards, and the workshop participants were excited to begin their own scribing journeys.

October Board of Directors Meeting

The IFVP board of directors met on Monday, October 16. We checked in and received membership and financial reports. We discussed the upcoming summit in Montclair and noted our goal to have early bird registration ready by December 1. We discussed possible partnerships with other relevant associations such as the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) that might provide cross-association benefits like having our "find a visual recorder/facilitator" map on their website since their members are interested in having GR/GF work done with their member projects.

IFVP Board of Directors September meeting

The IFVP Board of Directors met on Monday, September 11. We checked in and looked at membership and financial reports. We discussed progress on the 2024 Montclair Global Summit and prepared feedback for the planning committee. We spent time discussing the Online Learning Series and upcoming speakers. We had done a survey of meeting feedback and realize that we need to spend time both in general discussion of our goals as well as time on specific initiatives.

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