You may have noticed already that the selection process for the LEGO Ambassador Program will be slightly different this year. In the past we’ve selected LEGO Ambassadors based on individual applications, which meant that the program was built on a very individual basis. Now we would like to make the process more broad reaching and transparent for all members of the AFOL community. Therefore the selection of LEGO Ambassadors will be based on nominations from your clubs. In this way we give more people an opportunity to have a say in who’s name gets put in the pot for the selection process.
Who’s allowed to nominate?
Any AFOL Community Group (online or on the map) will have the opportunity to submit nominations from their group (up to 3 people if they so choose). Not everyone can be selected for the program as we’ll still only have around 30 people when all is said and done. Each club can only have one person selected from that club.
If you choose to submit a nomination it does not mean that your candidate will be chosen, but it does mean that your group will have just as much an opportunity to get involved in having a direct representative in the LEGO Ambassador Program. We will try to get a diverse group of people who are able to represent the whole AFOL community as good as possible.
Groups can certainly nominate someone already in the Ambassador Program, but from now on the program will have a two term limit in order to have more room for people to be involved. After a term out of the program, a previous Ambassador can be re-nominated.
A group that submits a nomination for the LEGO Ambassador program should be established and known within the LEGO Community.
What should a nomination have in it?
Name and age of the nominee.
Where is the nominee from?
Which Group does this nominee represent?
Does this person consent to being nominated (Please do not submit a nomination on behalf of someone you have not discussed with beforehand).
Explanation of who the nominees are, what their activities are, and why they would be a good representative of their community (at least 3 testimonials from members of nominating group are required)
Key interests of the nominee (themes, building styles, and some examples of their building)
When is the Nomination Due?
May 24, 2008 by midnight GMT. If a nomination is received after this time it will be automatically rejected.
Who Should the Nominations be sent too?
What might a LEGO Ambassador be committing too?
In depth discussion with other like minded LEGO Fans.
An opportunity to speak with LEGO Group representatives on what is important to the AFOL communitiy.
Occasional opportunities to give feedback on upcoming ideas for different parts of the LEGO Group (require NDA).
A chance to submit their own ideas and ideas from the communities they represent on what they would like to see from the LEGO Group.
Participation in projects which support the community like helping rebuild LEGOfan.org and many other community related projects.
From the 2008/09 cycle, LEGO Ambassadors will not be required to sign an NDA to join the program, but in the interest of the community, LEGO Ambassadors will be invited to give feedback on development projects which will require signing of an NDA. Discussions related to development projects will happen in a separate “top secret forum” for those who decide to sign an NDA. All discussions in the general LEGO Ambassador forum can and should be shared with the community. The decision on whether or not to take part in secret projects is up to the individual Ambassadors.
Another new aspect in the process will be that starting with this next cycle Ambassadors will only be able to serve for two consecutive terms. Current Ambassadors will not have their previous terms counted against them, and if chosen by their communities to apply for the program can serve for two more terms.
This next session of the Ambassador Program will last approximately one year.
Thank you all. Your nominations are very valuable for helping the LEGO Community Team choose the next round of LEGO Ambassadors.
Tormod, Jan, Steve
The LEGO Community Team
Nominate responsibly. You can nominate yourself, but keep in mind that SSLF can nominate only 3 people. Please, for the sake of keeping thisgs within reasonable bounds, nominate yourself only if you are 18 (I'm not) and honestly think others will consider you worthy to represent the forum to the LEGO group. Nominate others on the same criteria.
I'll be the first to nominate Saber-Scorpion.
EDIT: Here's the tally of nominations so far.
Justin "Saber-Scorpion" Stebbins (6)
Chuck "lego2000" Citrin (3)
Joker has also been nominated, but has expressed his wishes not to be elected.
Edited by Unique Name, 04 May 2008 - 12:53 PM.