Last call: IxDA Board of Directors call for applications

2 Nov 2008 - 4:42pm
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Janna DeVylder

When I first discovered IxDA several years ago, I knew early on that I
had found a professional home for myself. At first, that meant
knowing there was a group of people out there who shared my passion
for all things Interaction Design. Then lurking turned into planning
and attending IxDA local events. Then came the conference, and now the

Why mention this?

It was in my increased involvement that I realized the impact IxDA
affiliation was having not only on my own personal practice but also
on the community itself. It is in the gathering of those passionate
about IxD, be it online or in person, that we strengthen the IxDA
Network. We all have a stake in this, and there is a lot of room at
the table to bring good ideas to life.

So apply to the Board of Directors. Put your ideas on the table. We
need engaged leaders to foster this community. Is that you?

(Deadline is Monday, November 3rd by Midnight PST)

(And if you're not ready to apply for the board, we still need you!
Contact me off list for other opportunities!)


The Interaction Design Association is a global community, growing at an
amazing pace and reflecting the increasing importance and impact of
Interaction Designers on the world around us. Are you ready to rise to
the challenge and contribute your energy and passion to help guide and
shape our exciting future? Well here's your chance!

The invitation is open for one more week for those inspired, creative, and
active leaders in our community to apply for one of the three open
positions on our Board of Directors. As our community and organization
grows, so do our many challenges and needs. So, to meet that head on,
we're seeking highly motivated individuals with excellent organizational
skills, leadership vision, and who are resourceful and willing to roll up
their sleeves and work to advance IxDA's mission.

Applications will be open until Midnight Monday, November 3, 2008
(11:59:59 PST).

IxDA Board Directors are responsible for providing leadership in key roles
important to ensuring the strength of our organization and network. Board
roles include executive, financial, local group liaison, educational,
communication, and conference responsibilities. Board Directors must be
willing to devote an average of four hours per week, involving
communication and coordination with fellow Directors and the community
toward our goals and associated initiatives.

New directors filling these open positions will serve a term from January
2009 to February 2011, which includes a one-month long overlap with
retiring Directors.

We're confident that effective leaders will emerge from our vibrant
community! If you feel you've got what it takes to work with others to
help guide IxDA toward bigger and greater goals, we invite you to apply by
completing this application questionnaire:

Here's a preview of some of the questions you'll find on the application

Your Background and History:

• What's your professional background, current title and work, and field?

• Are you, or have you previously been, affiliated with any other design
or UX organizations? If so, in what capacity?

• When and how did you first get involved with IxDA?

• Have you previously volunteered for IxDA? (If so, in what capacity and
with whom did you work?)

Your Position Statements

• Please let us know in detail why you want to be a Board member of IxDA:

• How would you express the special value of IxDA, especially compared to
related groups?

• What is your vision for IxDA?

• As a Board member, how would you plan on making your vision a reality?

So now it's up to you! And if you know of IxDA members that you think
would make great Board Directors, please encourage them to apply as well.

James Leftwich
IxDA Board of Directors

About IxDA

Founded in 2003, the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is a
member-supported organization committed to serving the needs of the
international interaction design community. With the help of thousands of
members worldwide, we provide a forum for the discussion of interaction
design issues.

IxDA's mission includes evangelism of our field, innovation in our
discipline, professionalism in our standards of practice, support for
interaction design education in academic programs, and community building
for our growing global community of interaction design professionals.

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