2022 Member Led Interest Group Formation

Whether you joined ASAP yesterday or are a founding member, we need you to define and lead ASAP’s 2022 Member-Led Interest Groups. 

Member Led Interest Groups are virtual spaces where ASAP members connect, discuss, and advance important adaptation topics in a supportive peer-led environment. Members drive the group’s purpose and process, which varies from webinar-style presentation and discussion to co-creation of professional guidance resources.  Member Led Interest Group focus areas and topics are democratically chosen each year by ASAP members using a multi-stage application process and ranked choice voting.


We are in Stage Two of the MLIG Formation Process-- Group Concept Development! 

Your fellow ASAP members have submitted the topics below to be considered as 2022 Member Led Interest Groups. Thank you to everyone that submitted a topic in Stage One! See a topic that is of interest to you? Reach out to the leaders below to collaborate on a proposal and define group goals. Group applications are due November 22.
As part of ASAP's Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion commitments, stipends to support a Member Led Interest Group are available through the ASAP JEDI Fund to those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or another Person of Color or as having limited financial resources.

Proposed Group Topics:

Learn more about current and previous Member Led Interest Groups

Please reach out to ASAP Program Manager, Breana Nehls, with any questions.

Formation Process Details

Phase I: Topic Selection - Submissions due October 11

ASAP Members have until October 11th to submit potential topics for 2022 Member Led Interest Groups. Topic ideas may include sector interest such as water, distributed energy, and finance or aspects of the adaptation process such as communication, decision making, or youth engagement. 

Phase II: Group Concept Development - Applications due November 22

ASAP Staff will reach out to any members who submitted similar topics to offer an opportunity for members to collaborate on submission of a full application. Topic submitters will receive detailed instructions on how to submit, and what to include, in their full applications. Applications will ask members to describe things like the group purpose, structure, anticipated meeting format, likely outcomes, and proposed group leaders. ASAP Staff will invite topic submitters to attend an application webinar on November 4th. 2021 groups interested in renewing will be able to submit revisions to their 2021 applications in lieu of full applications.

Phase  III: Member Voting - December 7 to December 27

If we receive more group applications than we are able to support in 2022, members will democratically choose, through multi-winner ranked choice voting, which groups receive support. ASAP Staff is in the process of determining how many groups we can support, in conjunction with our program planning for the upcoming year, and will announce that number prior to the close of the application development period.

Phase IV: New Group Initiation & Orientation - Orientation Early January 2022

All members interested in leading or participating in the selected 2022 Member Led Interest Groups will be invited to an orientation meeting in early January 2022. Participants will learn about groups’ plans for the coming year, hear what support ASAP staff can offer to help you build successful group experiences, and begin planning for the groups’ first meetings in February 2022.