2023 Member-Led Interest Group Formation

Whether you joined ASAP yesterday or are a founding member, we need you to define and lead ASAP’s 2023 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.

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What do you wish you could dedicate more time to discussing with your colleagues?

Submit it as a group topic and read on to learn more about the group formation process!Submit it as a group topic and read on to learn more about the group formation process!

Learn more about current Member-Led Interest Groups and previous groups.

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

And there's more! In addition to the three Member-Led Interest Groups that are voted in, ASAP will continue to host our Affiliated Groups and our Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. These groups will continue in 2023 regardless of the outcome of the Member-Led Interest Group voting process. Learn more about engaging in all of ASAP's Peer Learning Groups.

Group Formation Process Details

Member-Led Interest Group Formation Process (1)

Phase 1: Topic Selection - Submissions due September 26

ASAP Members have until September 26th to submit potential topics for 2023 Member-Led Interest Groups. Members can submit any adaptation topic of interest. Topics may include sector interests such as water, drought, nature-based solutions, and finance or aspects of the adaptation process such as communication, decision making, or capacity building. 

Phase 2: Concept Creation - Applications due November 13

Topic submitters will receive detailed instructions on how to submit, and what to include, in their full applications. 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. 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 info webinar in October. 2022 groups interested in renewing will be able to submit revisions to their 2022 applications in lieu of full applications.

Phase 3: Member Voting - November 21 to December 18

If we receive more group applications than we are able to support in 2023, members will democratically choose, through multi-winner ranked choice voting, which three groups should move forward. ASAP Staff has the capacity to support three groups, in conjunction with our program planning for the upcoming year.

Phase 4: New Group Initiation & Orientation - January 2023

All members interested in leading or participating in the selected 2023 Member-Led Interest Groups will be invited to an orientation meeting in early January 2023. 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 2023.

As part of ASAP's Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion commitments, stipends are available to Member-Led Interest Group Leaders who identify as Black, Indigenous, or another Person of Color or as having limited financial resources through the ASAP JEDI Fund.

Learn more about current Member-Led Interest Groups and previous groups. 

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