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LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:25 pm
by SavaTheAggie
Hello LEGO Enthusiasts,

We’re happy to announce that the nomination process for LEGO Ambassador Cycle 7 is now open.

The LEGO Ambassador Program is designed to give the AFOL Community a direct line into the LEGO Company. The Program is essentially a gathering of community representatives that speak on behalf of the larger communities they are a part of. This group is able to bring forward the interests, concerns and questions directly to LEGO Employees.

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 in order to keep the group manageable.

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 the program has a two term limit in order to opportunites for more people to be involved. After a term out of the program, a previous Ambassador can be re-nominated (this rule only started with cycle 8 so all current Ambassadors are still eligible).

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)

NEW!!!

• Platform – The nominations should now include a list of the goals that the nominee and the community he/she represents are looking to accomplish as part of the program. Remember the LEGO Ambassador Program is all about the AFOL community having representation into the LEGO Group, so this is an effort to have you think ahead as to what you really think would benefit your communities the most.

When is the Nomination Due?

July 1, 2009 by midnight GMT. If a nomination is received after this time it will be automatically rejected.
The new cycle will be announced on approximately July 8, 2009.

Who Should the Nominations be sent too?

Nominations should be sent directly to steve@lego.com

What might a LEGO Ambassador be committing too?

• LEGO Ambassadors are committing to represent their communities interests to the LEGO Group.
• There are projects that Ambassadors can take part in, it is up to the individual to decide what they may or may not be interested in working on. It all comes down to how they feel they can best represent their community.
• Online discussions will be held for the Entire group of Ambassadors that will include members of the LEGO Community Team and other LEGO Employees as well.
• In order to get the most out of the program you should be willing to give some time to in order to help discussions along. If you don’t give time to it then you may not be dishonoring the nomination you received from the community.

There is no NDA requirement to take part in the LEGO Ambassador Program for Cycle 9. There may be an instance where a special project will come up and the Ambassadors may have to sign an NDA to participate in that, but it will take place in a separate forum in order to limit confusion as to what can be said outside of the Ambassador program. Otherwise, anything shared in Ambassador Discussions can be shared with the AFOL Community.

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.

Steve Witt – LEGO Ambassador Lead
&
Tormod, Jan, Jim, Lenka, and Phil
The LEGO Community Team

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:27 pm
by Bruce N H
So I guess we do this as last year. Post your nominations in this thread, but check with them first if they are interested in being a LA this year. We will then vote and put forward our top three. Last year we voted among these people:
John Langrish (J1A3L5)
Aaron Andrews (DARKspawn)
Anthony Sava (SavatheAggie)
Andrew Becraft (Dunechaser)
Sebastian Arts (aliencat)
I will contact each of these and check if they wish to be considered again.

Bruce

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:37 pm
by architect
If anyone new is considering becoming a Lego Ambassador to represent Castle fans worldwide, please send me a pm. I can talk to you about the duties and responsibilities of being an Ambassador. Adding new faces to the program who are willing to work hard for castle fans would be great.

Ben Ellermann
LEGO Ambassador Cycles 3,4, & 5

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:13 pm
by Blue Moon Knight
Aww man, I'd love to do this, but I'm only a TFOL...

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:16 pm
by Athos
I'm curious how the nominator is supposed to develop a 'platform' for the nominee. It seems like that's something the nominee should do once they've accepted the nomination.

Personally, I think a good platform would be less stickers...

Steve

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:28 pm
by footsteps
Bruce N H wrote:So I guess we do this as last year. Post your nominations in this thread, but check with them first if they are interested in being a LA this year. We will then vote and put forward our top three. Last year we voted among these people:
John Langrish (J1A3L5)
Aaron Andrews (DARKspawn)
Anthony Sava (SavatheAggie)
Andrew Becraft (Dunechaser)
Sebastian Arts (aliencat)
I will contact each of these and check if they wish to be considered again.

Bruce

I don't recall whether any of the above made the final cut last year.

Alan

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:11 pm
by JoshWedin
footsteps wrote:I don't recall whether any of the above made the final cut last year.

Alan


Aaron Andrews, Anthony Sava, and Andrew Becraft were our nominations and all three ended up being Ambassadors.

Josh

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:17 pm
by footsteps
JoshWedin wrote:
footsteps wrote:I don't recall whether any of the above made the final cut last year.

Alan


Aaron Andrews, Anthony Sava, and Andrew Becraft were our nominations and all three ended up being Ambassadors.

Josh

Hmmm, having a name that starts with "A" seems to help! :raiseone:

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:30 pm
by JoshWedin
footsteps wrote:Hmmm, having a name that starts with "A" seems to help! :raiseone:


That's right. The 'A's have it! So you'd have a pretty good chance then. ;)

Josh

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:47 pm
by Sir Dano
Athos wrote:I'm curious how the nominator is supposed to develop a 'platform' for the nominee. It seems like that's something the nominee should do once they've accepted the nomination.

Personally, I think a good platform would be less stickers...

Steve

I think current pieces in more colours would be a great one too. :)

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:56 pm
by Athos
footsteps wrote:Hmmm, having a name that starts with "A" seems to help! :raiseone:


Yay for Athos!

Steve

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:00 pm
by Tedward
JoshWedin wrote:Aaron Andrews, Anthony Sava, and Andrew Becraft were our nominations and all three ended up being Ambassadors.

And John Langrish (J1A3L5) was also an ambassador (but I guess for VicLUG not CC). :D

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:32 pm
by Dunechaser
I'd like to second the nominations for Aaron, Anthony, and Aliencat (see what I did there?) and remove my name from the list.

Perhaps not particpating in the next cycle of the LEGO Ambassadors program will give me back some time to particpate here on CC. :)

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:41 pm
by Aliencat
Athos wrote:I'm curious how the nominator is supposed to develop a 'platform' for the nominee. It seems like that's something the nominee should do once they've accepted the nomination.

The way I understand it: The nominator in this case would be the Classic-Castle community. The nominee, once nominated by Classic-Castle is not supposed to turn his back on this community and run his own personal agenda, but instead get the feedback from Classic-Castle to create this platform. The nominator says "we want this", the nominee uses this platform to set up what he should communicate with TLC and vice versa.

A simple example, the nominator, Classic-Castle massively says we want pitchforks. The nominee then, with the responses from the Classic-Castle members, sets up a list reasons of why Lego should produce pitchforks and communicates this with the company.
Of course pitchforks is way too simple a thing to set up a "plan of approach" for, but I hope that makes clear what I think is meant by that system.

Re: LEGO Ambassador Nominations now open

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:39 am
by Blueandwhite
I love that we have so many AFOLs representing our interests here at CC.



Personally I think the most important aspect of an Ambassador is that he or she is heavily involved in the community. I'm not keen on self-nominations though. While it's important to have enthusiastic Ambassadors; it's also important to have people who are relatively high-profile in the position. I'd love to see Aliencat as an ambassador simply because he is so involved as both a builder and in the community in general.



I also feel that as a community we owe it to our nominees to assist them in developing a solid (and realistic) platform. This is where past ambassadors are at a real advantage simply because they have a better understanding of what the duties and responsibilities of an ambassador are. We've had three ambassadors for the last cycle so I hope that we will be as fortunate this go-around.