of the SIP Planning Meeting, held on Aug 25, 2011 at the Harbour
The minutes are done in a bullet form to make it easy for you to
read. I hope you will like this with your busy schedule.
Vikas Ramrakha (hidden)
Jim Pagiamtzis (se the next photo)
How to make SIP more viable for the 21st Century
Volunteering with SIP
SIP Business Plan, posted at:
for the meeting:
Questions to Tackle:
Why people come to SIP, Who is SIP, What SIP wants to be, whom we
want to serve.
Why do believe in what we want to do? What attract people (or you
and us) to SIP? What has worked?
1. Any one who attends our events or who subscribe to SIPpost become
an Associate Member of SIP; we have now 10,000 associates of SIP.
2. SIP commenced its life by drafting accreditation standards for
Professional Membership called AIP (Accredited Internet Professionals).
It was a long process with constant changes as the streams and standards
are moving targets, not getting an appropriate response, the AIP
membership was dropped.
3. A new category called Professional Membership was established
in two formats, one-time registration fee of $500 to get lifetime
membership. Another was $100 annually.
Notable Quotes from the meeting:
Vikas Ramrakha describing SIP S (Such) I (Incredible) P (Potential).
Deborah Lewis mentioned, "Using everyone sphere of influence
to better promote SIP"
Discussion started by talking about the Vision of SIP moving forward,
addressing the Why Questions above.
Bring clarity to whom we are attracting and why they should find
this of interest.
SIP Professional Code of Ethics.
Networking of likeminded entrepreneurs.
SIP serving as a portal to event etc.
Workshop is a good revenue generation model for SIP, while evening
events are more of networking and they are a loss leader unless
we get an event sponsor.
Main priority was to re-do the sipgroup.org website ideas were exchange
on how to do that "Use collaboration technique with an intern
Talk about how we can monetize SIP by having corporate sponsors
Creating affinity programs.
Creating collaboration team to unite entrepreneurs and business
project through bidding process.
Use lobbying on specific topics related to internet.
Incubator program e.g. MARS.
We have talked about activities and now we talk about how we will
do it. Redoing the website is a top priority.
Actions to be taken
Alysha Dominico to draft the Website description/requirement in
2 weeks. This will be send to all attendees so that they can leverage
their online and off-line networks to recruit volunteers/interns
for designing and developing new website.
Proposed for Various Roles
1. Alysha Dominico (Communications Coordinator)
2. Deborah Lewis (Event Coordinator)
3. Jim Pagiamtzis (Resources Coordinator)
4. Vaughan Dragland (Website Project Coordinator)
5. Vikas Ramrakha (Tradeshows Coordinator)
of volunteering and job are at: