The primary group for Fellows is the one that is specifically for and limited to Fellows only.  All Fellows will receive an invitaiton link to join that group.  Once they have created an account in Workplace prompted by clicking on the Workplace Fellows Group invitation, joining additional groups is a one-click process.  Should a Fellow wish to have an additional group to be created for a specific project or initiative, they should contact an Admin to do so. AFLI will require some information to set up the new group, including:

  • Name of group
  • What's it about?
  • Moderators?  Who or which Fellows will lead the group?
  • Who should have access?  Fellows only, or is it a broader working group in which Fellows are collaborating with outside parties?

It is a quick process for AFLI to create the new group.  Once the new group is set up, it will come with a link to invite people to join the group.  New groups will need a short explanation about the group and what the typical subject matter will be about: e.g. Renewables, Health care, Technology, Workforce Development, etc.  Anyone in this working group - which should be all Fellows - just needs to click on the invitation to join, and they'll be put in the queue for that group. The group moderator or an AFLI staff member will click 'Accept' on Fellows' requests to join and they're in. It's functionally a one-click process for any Fellow to join a group. It requires a moderator to grant access because theoretically anybody with access to that invitation link could request access. While someone is in the queue to join, they can't see activity in the group, so access control can be retained. The moderator approval prevents non-Fellows from gaining access to groups that are Fellows-only.

The invitation link mechanism also allows AFLI to set up groups for Fellows working with external parties on a specific project or initiative - so for example, if Fellows from a particular country or sector were helping a country develop policy guidelines on renewable energy, single-use plastics, a peace accord, etc., a Fellow could moderate a group comprising government ministers, industry, other outside stakeholders, etc., with an eye to obtaining a specific outcome - such as a policy paper or a piece of legislature. So groups can be Fellows only, or Fellows-led, depending on the nature of the group and its goals.  Even with working groups with people outside the Fellowship, the invitation/approval process can keep the group focused on the task at hand rather than being a typical open social medium style group as access control is retained.