RSVP now to join upcoming community call!

@fatimaadamu and I are hosting a community call on 21 November, 2019. All members are welcome to join and can suggest topics for the agenda. If you want to come, RSVP by selecting the Going button at the top of this topic. Reply to introduce yourself and your work, and to share any topics you propose we discuss. We’ll send reminders, but suggest you add the event to your calendar. A recording of the call and summary notes will be shared here afterwards. During the call we will also discuss whether we want to continue hosting community calls on a regular basis and the ideal format.

The call will be an opportunity for members to get to know one another and to share information about our ongoing activities, provide mutual support and inspiration, and ask questions of one another. We will also take the opportunity to discuss opportunities available through the network and provide a guided tour of this online platform.

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:00 PM (2pm GMT/UTC)

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Community Call (Global Legal Empowerment Network)

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Draft Agenda:

  1. Welcome, agenda adjustments, link to shared notes, housekeeping notes (15 minutes)
  2. Introductions (15 minutes)
  3. Conversation led by @fatimaadamu about recently held paralegal summit in Abuja, status and prospects for legal empowerment work in Nigeria (30 minutes)
  4. Updates from members (30 minutes)
  5. Updates on opportunities and news from Namati and the network team (10 minutes)
  6. Guided tour of key features of this online platform (10 minutes)
  7. Discuss community call format and decide if we want to organize more such calls. If so, who wants to organize the next one? (10 minutes)
  8. Wrap up, note action items to report back to the community (10 minutes)

I will be glad to join for the first 3 items on the agenda

Peter Eigen

Founder of Tranparency International (TI)


Great! I am glad we’ll be able to take advantage of this meeting to have a family reunion. :family_man_woman_girl_boy:

Joking aside, I know you are knowledgeable about the CSO community in Nigeria, so it will be interesting to hear your reactions to the legal empowerment work going on in the country, and any suggestions you may have for Fatima and co.

So far we’re up to 8 RSVPs which is not bad for the first meeting of this kind. Would be nice to get us up to 20!


Please count my RSVP as well. Thank you very much, Alexandar


Hi @tobiaseigen and @fatimaadamu, I would love to join the community call and hear more about the paralegal summit in Abuja and prospects for legal empowerment work in Nigeria, as well as updates from other members. On my end, I will be happy to update on any potential opportunities/news from the network team and members in Latin America.


Hello everyone! This call is taking place next week and I am really looking forward to it. We’ll have an opportunity to take a “deep dive” into legal empowerment in Nigeria during this call and also to get updates from everyone else with news to share. I also intend to give a brief guided tour of key features of our online platform.

So do RSVP if you plan to come, and invite your friends! Just select the Going button at the top of this topic. Even if you are not able to come this time, feel free to reply here to add an update from your end and to let us know if you are interested in participating in community calls like this in future.

Thanks @martaalmela for confirming you will attend and brief us on the many great recent developments from Latin America. :seedling:


Dear @tobiaseigen I look forward to joining the meeting.



i should be available first 60minutes


Wonderful. Look forward to seeing you at the call, @preciousayobami! I RSVP’ed for you.

Let us know here if you have particularly burning issues you’d like to talk about, or have an update to share with everyone on what you’re working on these days.

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RSVP. Will love to be part of this and also available for legal empowerment work in Nigeria


Hi @tobiaseigen - very exciting to finally see the first community call taking shape! I wanted to ask whether the times are correct since it lists over 2 hours for the call in the agenda, which is a bit long? If that is the correct time, I can definitely join for part of it.

It would be worth talking with @AimeeOngeso and @staceycram to coordinate around topics in the monthly coalition call since both the paralegal summit and events in Buenos Aires would likely be covered there too (depending on overlap of members who attend of course).

Lastly, i am most excited about the updates from members section of this call and would suggest having a few questions lined up, whether generic roundtable updates (i.e. what have you been working on this week?) or discussion based (e.g. what do you think about XX subject - for instance, ideas to connect climate change and LE). I wonder if any members have suggestions or burning questions for our discussion?

Either way, it will be a great opportunity to hear from members who we often do not hear from! :sunflower:


Thanks, Michael! These are great suggestions.

Looking forward to the call on Thursday and hope lots of members decide to participate! RSVP at the top.

@fatimaadamu and I will be meeting on Wednesday to finalize the plan for the call, and will likely shuffle agenda items around and change the time alotted for each item. My general thinking has been that as this is the first of these calls, we can play it by ear and be flexible. Hopefully everyone will agree. Two hours is indeed long but it’s nice to provide a bit of space and not rush through an agenda for those who want to stay on and chat a bit longer. I’ll be happy to stay for the full two hours if there is interest, but of course understand if others want to drop out at some point. We can always catch up here on the forum.

I was thinking we’d have a lightning round of introductions at the beginning. Everyone on the call can introduce themselves. Maybe we can ask a specific question, e.g. “tell us your name, country you are calling from, your organization, and (briefly) answer the question: what are you working on this week?” Depending on how many people join, 15 minutes may be too short for this but we can adjust.

As regards coordinating with the monthly campaign coalition call, I’m open but agree we do not need to replicate.


Hello Tobias, How are you? I have a job interview on Thursday which starts at 9,30am and will last 30 minutes so I will participate in the community call before and after the interview with my phone. I am looking forward to hear from the other participants. Warm greetings, Alexandar


Ok that sounds fine. The recording will also be available. Good luck with the job interview! :crossed_fingers:

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