Healthcare Update

November 20, 2009

Dear IGDA Members:


We had a lot of follow up and communications this week after the Board meeting and the Leadership Forum.  The notes from the Board meeting and Minutes will be coming later on today.


Beyond that:

– Newsletter:  The latest issue of the newsletter came out this week, with some final edits and reviews required.  Changing this over to HTML is on the list, but not a top priority at this time.


– Healthcare Program:  Some announcements and clarifications went out throughout the week, and I had a follow up call with Stuart Pase, the President of AHP.  He and I have scheduled a kick off meeting for Dec. 1st.  Joe and Jamil will be on the call, and anyone else who would like to join is welcome.  I have not set a final time with Stuart yet, but will send out the info ASAP.  I believe we will be able to have a soft Launch in December, and a full launch in January.  So we’ll be discussing the operational aspects and communications/Marketing plan for the year ahead.


– Webinar:  We had Marc Mencher’s webinar this week.  79 attendees, and another successful on-line event.  Tom Edwards is next, and Joseph and I are in discussions with a potential sponsor for that webinar, and possibly a larger/longer term sponsor arrangement as well.  Our call with this company will take place next Monday, and I will apprise you of the results when I return to the office.  We have also begun lining up the 1st quarter webinars, and I am trying to get us up to having 2/month, which is a little more effort but well worth it I believe.


– Leadership Forum Wrap Up:  We had several calls:  Josh/Staff, Josh/Toby, Josh/Heather, about the leadership forum this week, and I am planning on having a post mortem with the committee on the event the 1st week of December, and also beginning the process of getting the forum started for next year. I want to have the location, sponsor options, and content locked down by May of 2010, so we can do a proper job of marketing the event.

– Website:  We’re continuing to move forward here.  With a request for volunteers going out today to form a technical task force.


– GDC: The team and I have been working on logistics and sponsorship opps this week.  We are confirming the Metreon (sp?) location, which should be large enough and very accessible.  In addition, we are building a list of sponsor opportunities which we will begin selling as early as the 1st week of December.  We have 8 interested partners looking for sponsorship opportunities, and as I explained during the board meeting, I am presenting smaller dollar options that can scale up to larger amounts with parties interest.  Jamil has volunteered to be part of our second GDC sponsor discussion where we will begin discussing the results of the brainstorming sessions and how to go after sponsorships.

We had a number of minor operational items and SIG ops items that went on behind the scenes this week, but overall, a solid week, and I look forward to pushing ahead with our new programs and revenue opportunities for December and the 1st quarter of next year.




– I will be out of the office, and am not planning on doing much IGDA stuff next week, with the exception of this sponsorship sales call on Monday.


– I will be heading up to Mass for the Boston Chapter meeting on the 8th.  Darius has invited me to give an IGDA year end wrap up.






New Board Members

September 29, 2009

Dear IGDA members who attended the Austin GDC,

I had an excellent time meeting many of you throughout the week, and look forward to doing so again in the future.  It is clear to me that you understand the power of your chapters is in your volunteers and their willingness and desire to make the organization into something greater than the sum of its parts.

As you know, I have been working diligently since July 1st to increase the value of the central organization. Being developers, I am also confident that you understand nothing is achieved overnight or by one’s self.  The IGDA Board of Directors has been integrally involved in all of the changes you have seen in the last 3 months, and there are MANY more to come.

It is because the need is so great that the Board, upon reviewing the departure of 3 elected members, decided that additional volunteers were needed.  The full Board reviewed and discussed a number of candidates, specifically focusing in on those who had expressed interest previously, and who had skill sets that the organization needs in this critical period of transition.

We have challenges ahead, which should not be news to you.  But we also have solid plans to rebuild membership, increase participation, and bring increased value to each individual member.  We also have the administrative issues that any organization servicing 12,000 people worldwide faces.  So it was that we needed some help, and could not wait for the election cycle to roll about. This is exactly why the ability for the Board to appoint members was placed into the by-laws in the first place.  These folks have agreed to serve for shortened 2 year terms specifically to support the association in this time of transition. There is work to be done, and they agreed to help get on with the jobs at hand.

I ask each of you to support these new Board members as well as the existing ones.  For without them, the IGDA as an international organization would not exist.  I also ask you to consider volunteering to run for the Board yourself.  It is not an easy task, and it requires more than a little of your time, but if you want to make a difference in the IGDA, that is the best place to be.



Special Meeting Update

August 27, 2009

Dear IGDA Members,

Previously, the Special Meetings Task Force, consisting of Tom Buscaglia, Coray Seifert, Dustin Clingman, Brian Robbins and Darius Kazemi presented their findings and recommendations to the IGDA Board of Directors.

Over the course of last week, the IGDA Board of Directors has reviewed those findings and the IGDA Bylaws, and sought the input of legal counsel on the matter of the special meeting.

An official announcement of the call for the special meeting will be coming shortly with the specific date and location of the meeting, and the purpose for which the meeting is being called included.  At that time, the outline of the process by which the Special Meeting will take place will be announced as will the means by which the voting members of the IGDA may participate.  The framework of the meeting has been agreed upon by the Board of Directors, and what remains to be finalized are the specifics and the wording of the courses of action.

I encourage all of the members in the IGDA to participate in this matter even if your decision is to abstain from a vote so as to allow us to achieve the quorum as laid out in the association’s bylaws.

I look forward to resolving this issue with the IGDA and moving us back towards focusing on building member value and programs.

Joshua Caulfield
Executive Director

Special Meeting Task Force Meets

August 17, 2009


I recently had the opportunity to work with an excellent group of dedicated members on a difficult issue.  I am referring to the task force designed to see to the specifics of the upcoming special meeting.  There are a lot of issues around having a meeting like this.  As you might imagine, it’s not like you can just start an IRC session and send out an email link.  There are announcements, and communications requirements, moderators and statement/inquiry gathering and presentation, voting and reporting also.

Thus it was with some concern that I joined the email discussion between myself, Tom Buscaglia, Coray Seifert, Darius Kazemi, Dustin Clingman, and Brian Robbins.  Wow, what a capable group.  The team set aside the current issue and settled into some meaningful deliberations about the concept of a special meeting, the requirements, the impact on the IGDA, the challenges in having 12,000 members worldwide who could want to participate, etc. etc.

The recommendations to the board are a set of substantial guidelines.  Some of which need to be reviewed in their application by our legal counsel, both from a liability standpoint and the regulations of being a California state incorporated association.   The group also left some ambiguity in some areas to allow for flexibility, while clearly stating the vision and goals.

The Board now has the opportunity to review these guidelines and make directions for how they can be implemented.  I’ll be updating you on the final decisions and execution choices we’ll be using as we move forward on this difficult issue.



August 10, 2009

Well, last week was quite a busy week for communications wasn’t it?

OK, let’s start with the elephant on the table: The exploit of the IGDA member to member communications system.  There’s been a lot said about it already, but the short version is that member data was protected, which was my primary concern when the email went out.  We also see once again, that there is a real need for us to move forward on the new website.

Today we had a BIG new communications item: The NEWSLETTER re-launch.  I have had a number of communications already, both positive and negative.  Thanks to all of you who commented, I am taking all of your comments to heart, and we’ll be making adjustments moving forward.  As I mentioned in the first story, this is an evolutionary process, and it will certainly take some time.  I appreciate your willingness to share your concerns and compliments.

I think that with the newsletter, the primary thing we are going to be reviewing over the next few issues will be the formatting.  It’s going to take some experimenting to balance the visual style with the functionality of easier downloading and access on different platforms.

The thing that seemed to get the most compliments was the content.  I think that we  have some magnificent content being supplied by our partners, and I hope to keep that going.  I also want to encourage any of you out there to suggest new types of content you would like to see.

Besides the newsletter, we had a few other announcements: Tobi Saulnier coming on as Co-Chair from Treasurer,  Brenda Braithwaite stepping up to support the financial aspect of the IGDA as treasurer, Jasmin Dave joining the team as our Business Development professional, are all great assets to support an expansion of the IGDA in our efforts to serve you best.

We also called for a special meeting and set up a task force to see to the specifics of creating a process for all special meetings current and future.  This is a great team that has already moved forward dramatically in clarifying some of the by-laws and building on the specifics of the execution to ensure that there is a clear and effective means to allow all members to participate and to provide context and content before during and after the meeting itself.  Many of the processes and policies that this group is developing will be useful when we do the next round of Board elections as well.

Finally, your communications are coming in loud and clear.  The responses to the member survey have been excellent.  We’re really getting a strong sense of where the member’s interests lie, and I am looking forward to presenting these findings and implementing as many as possible.

Since I got sidelined last week and missed my Wednesday blog post, we’ll have another from me this Wednesday to catch us up.

Thanks for your continued membership, and keep the information flowing.