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GGN Advisory Committee

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

GGN Advisory Committee

GGN Advisory Committee

As part of the GGN Foundation's restructuring, we recognise that stakeholder inclusion and involvement is the driver that keeps the Greeter concept alive... Getting input and guidance from the Greeter community is vital to success. However, this is not always easy to achieve for a “not for profit” organisation. It is for this reason that the Global Greeter Network (GGN) Foundation proposes to establish a GGN Advisory Committee that will be responsible for contributing to the policies and processes as well as the strategic direction of the GGN Foundation. The GGN Advisory Committee will be self-governed and independent from the GGN Foundation.

Who is on the Committee

The GGN Advisory Committee will consist of 15 volunteers from the Greeter Community. This includes Greeters and Destination Managers and perhaps Visitors that are committed to the Foundation's mission which is "making the world a better place; one Greet at the time...". Of course we are looking for some geographical and cultural spread.

Setting up and running it

It is not always easy to start something new. This is especially true with committees run by volunteers. The GGN Foundation will therefore assist in:

  • An Expression of Interest (EOI) system where potential Committee Members can apply to be on the Committee
  • Provide an initial Constitution that can be changed at the discretion of the Committee once established
  • Provide a virtual meeting space
  • Assist in organising an annual conference
  • Contribute financially where it can

The initial GGN Advisory Committee will be formed from those who expressed interest in a position on the Committee who then in a collaborate process will vote for the initial 15 Committee Members.

The Committee's Role

Once the Committee is established, the GGN Foundation will step back and let the Committee Members determine the constitution and rules of the Committee. However, the role of the Committee is to provide guidance and advice to the foundation and to select among its Committee Members two (2) directors that will be invited on the GGN Foundation's Board of Directors.

How do I apply?

If you think you have the time and the commitment to serve on the GGN Advisory Committee then please apply by filling out the below form.

So get involved and utilise your skills and talents to make the world a better place; one Greet at the time…

 

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Feel free to send us your remarks and/or questions. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Volunteer Oppertunities

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Global Greeter Network Volunteers Needed

The Global Greeter Network Foundation is a "not for profit" organisation with one goal in mind. "To make the world a better place; one Greet at the time..."

To achieve this, we simply need to grow. However, growth comes with additional responsibilities, duties and a lot of hard work. We are therefore always looking for enthusiastic volunteers that can assist in a wide range of tasks.

At this point in time, the GGN is looking to recruited 3 key volunteer appointments.

Newsletter Editor

The newsletter editor will be managing the GGN newsletter. Part of this position is the collection, collation and editing of suitable material and contents for our newsletter. Some of the newsletter's contents is translated from different languages so the ability to interpret meaning and intent is essential. Further, the Newsletter Editor is also  involved in actively sourcing new and exciting stories from around the world so the ability to liaise with authors is important.

We are looking for someone with some experience in the publishing field and a good command of the English language. A knowledge of WP will be handy but not necessary as technical training will be provided.

The GGN uses MailPoet newsletter software...

Forum Moderators

Forum Moderators will be responsible for the general management of the GGN forum. We need moderators at several levels and in several areas. However, the main priority is to find an enthusiastic volunteer to take on a leading role. This means advising the GGN board of improvements, requirements and suggestions to develop and maintain a forum for both Visitors (open forum), Greeters as well as Destination Managers (closed forum). Naturally, forum moderators must apply their common sense to contents that is posted on the forum and deal with inappropriate contents in a friendly, constructive but authoritative manner.

The GGN uses bbPress forum software.

Social Media Coordinator

The social media coordinator’s role will be essential to the success of the GGN vision. The Greeter concept lends itself very well to modern communication and sharing of information through the established social media networks.

We are looking for an outgoing bubbly socialite that is in a position to “own” this part of the marketing strategy.

Greeters Volunteer Agreement

Our Vision

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Time stands still for no men and time certainly has passed since the Greeter concept was first conceived in the early 1990s. The Global Greeter Network Foundation is always calibrating its policies and processes to see if they are still relevant and up to date. In light of this, we reassessed the foundations Vision and Mission and developed relevant objectives and strategies to get where we want to go...

We currently have our "one size fits all" Core Values which are a great set of guiding principles that are particularly relevant when it comes to the interaction between Visitors and Greeters. These values have worked well for the Greeter concept in the past but as the foundation is rapidly growing, these core values do not precisely hit the mark on a foundation level. This is because the Foundation must take a helicopter view of the Greeter concept and primarily deals with Greeters and Destination Managers. So we thought it was time to seriously start thinking about what the GGN Foundation stands for...

The Vision

After long deliberation, the Foundation's board decided to put forward the following Vision:

"To make the world a better place; one Greet at the time..."

This vision is based on blue-sky thinking and underpinned by the fact that every Greet facilitates a positive interaction between people from different cultures, lifestyles, religious backgrounds or age and therefore creates understanding, empathy and mutual trust and respect.

The Mission

So then we though; what do we need to do as a "not for profit" Foundation to achieve this vision. The obvious answer is growth. If one Greet makes the world a better place then naturally 100 Greets will be even better...

So the GGN Foundation's mission is to:

  1. Expanding the number of Greeter destinations around the world and developing better support systems,
  2. Ensure the Greet experience is safe and pleasant by standardising processes and meeting global quality control standards,
  3. Seek partnerships with organisations that can assist in adding value to the Greeter concept, and
  4. Creating an inspiring working environment where the values that apply to the Greeter concept also apply to our staff and stakeholders.

The Foundation's Values

We talked about "Core Values" and how these have served Greeters well over the past decades. However, because these core values are Visitor - Greeter focused, we needed to establish some values that are more "Foundation" focused. We came up with the following four values the GGN Foundation sees as extremely important:

Optimism

We strongly believe that the Greeter concept will make the world a better place; one Greet at the time… Greeters and visitors don't wait for a better world to come along but they make the effort to create one.

Diversity

Greeters and Visitors come from all 4 corners of the world and they represent diversity not just in cultural background but also of different ages, gender or race. Diversity leads to inclusion which makes greeters and visitors feel valued and respected.

Community

Since we are all a reflection of our community improving the world starts with us. Great opportunities to improve the world seldom come around but small once surround us every day. These small acts multiplied by many will change the world.

Fun

Don’t forget to have a good time and you will be the reason someone smiles today.

Strategic planning

We then decided to develop some objectives to achieve our mission and we set out some strategies to manage these objectives. These objectives and strategies are available for those wanting more details but needless to say, they all work towards realising our vision.

Core Values

In order to maximise the uptake of the GGN's core values, we thought is was time to re-assess these as well. You may say; "If it isn't broke, don't fix it" and you may be right. However, after a lot of feedback from  a younger demographic among both Visitors and Greeter, it was suggested to modernise the terminology and making it more relevant to its purpose. Which in essence is a promise by a Greeter to adhere to certain values and standards.

So we though, if this a more a promise; lets call it "The Greeter Promise". As you will see, the core values are very much incorporated into the promise. However, it all comes back to our shared vision. Making the world a better place; one Greet at the time.

The Greeter’s promise

As a Greeter, I promise to make the world a better place; one Greet at the time, by:

  • Offering a friendly face for those visiting my area,
  • Welcoming individuals or small groups of up to six people,
  • Volunteering and not to charge for the Greet experience,
  • Welcoming visitors without any kind of discrimination,
  • Supporting sustainable tourism,
  • Respecting natural and man-made environments,
  • Bringing both cultural and economical enrichment to my community,
  • Create a lasting positive image of my area, and
  • Encouraging a mutually enriching opportunity for cultural exchange and bringing people together.

So, there we are... Some proposals that we would love your comments on irrespective if you are a Visitor, a Greeter or a Destination Manager.