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August 2021 Member Call: Engaging Ecosystems – Time Zone Equity
August 19 @ 7:00 AM—8:00 AM PDTFree
As a global pandemic forces organizations worldwide to shift their conferences, summits, symposiums, and meetings online, convening is being viewed as more inclusive than ever before.
However, the reality is that there is simply no time that “works” across a truly global audience. Someone is going to be asked to be up and engaging at a ghastly hour–and our experience is showing that, so far, those someones reside disproportionately in Asia and the Pacific. Whether or not these members of your community are “used to” this kind of inconvenience, timezones are emerging as a genuine equity issue in virtual convening and should be treated as such.
Engaging ecosystems across time zones is now even more of a challenge than ever before. At Sankalp we hosted “Slumber Parties” out of our Nairobi office to engage audiences in the US (Breakfast time in the US!).
In this Convener’s meeting, we would love to hear from you all on different strategies and suggestions on overcoming some of the key challenges with engaging communities in different time zones.