As an organizer, you can run your own reading groups, webinars, workshops, and other projects.
This page outlines the best practices for doing so.
What makes a good project?
Lead with a question
Despite the inherent link between economics and politics, YSI projects work best when you use them to to educate yourself, not others. The community is setup as a space for learning, not for advocacy.
Operate under your own name
Anything you say or write should be done under your name, not in the name of the working group, YSI, INET, or another organization. This allows us to collaborate and disagree with each other freely.
Make sure it’s fun
Optional: invite a speaker
Prepare your page
After you submit your project idea and get a coordinator to approve it, you can create your project page. Write a description for those considering to attend, and set a time and date. List any speaker who will be joining you, and add their bio. Check that everything is correct before you publish it.
Spread the word
Share your project page with your friends, academic network, related institutions, and mailing lists you have access to. Post to social media, making sure to tag YSI on Twitter and Linkedin. Do not share the direct zoom link publically. Participants can join from the “join” button on the project page.
If you have an external speaker, make sure you have explained to them what to expect, sent them the direct zoom link, and answered any questions they have. Ask them to dial in a few minutes early and make sure you’re there to meet them.
Host the zoom
values. The YSI community guidelines apply to all participants at all YSI events.
Introduce yourself, your working group, and encourage everyone to participate.
Send a thank you note to any external speakers, as well as to your participants. Take care of any follow up.
If it’s a general question
Join one of the monthly Q&A calls for organizers, and those interested in becoming organizers. These calls work like office hours. You can drop in with questions and get them answered on the spot. Others may listen in and learn from your question.
Something more tricky?
If you have concerns that you would rather not discuss with the YSI Management team, you are welcome to reach out to a member of YSI Community Board.
Danilo Spinola (Chairman)
Lilian Nogueira Rolim