Many organizations that have joined the Alliance and committed to the Roadmap, have already created new products, solutions or business models that drive the transformation of digital infrastructure. However many discover challenges or barriers for these more sustainable solutions to succeed - be it costs, market adoption, risks, or lack of visibility. Many times, implementation of the solutions would benefit from inter-industry collaboration or pilot customers willing to take the risk of testing a new technology.
Joining the Alliance and thus committing to the Roadmap helps to address these challenges. A commitment to the Alliance, means getting support in return. The Alliance’s staff and national innovation labs, address business challenges and help to identify the business case in sustainability for your organization.
The Alliance represents a network of organizations who have committed themselves to the Roadmap and realizing the sustainability targets. Members collaborate and support each other within the activities of the Roadmap, driving success across steering groups, initiatives and projects together with the staff of the Alliance.
Our aim is to foster collaboration and progress, however we appreciate that many of the people participating in a steering group have other obligations as well.
What the Alliance expects of you:
- to make an honest effort:
- participate in the virtual meetings of the group (monthly is the norm)
- participate in the discussion as part of the email groups
- focus on the identifying and discussing the steering group’s key challenge that is agreed upon by all participants
- Express your commitment to the Roadmap in your communication
- Commit to assess and collect data from your organizations that supports the reporting of the Roadmap’s metrics
Yes! However, keep in mind that despite the efficient setup of the steering groups, time is a scarce resource. If several colleagues from your organization can contribute to multiple steering groups, they are welcome to do so.
This depends on the nature of the activity and the number of interested members. We aim to set up a group with a number of 4-15 participants.
Most of the steering group’s efforts should be focused on identifying and discussing the key challenge. This challenge can then be addressed by the Alliance staff, as part of the ‘toolbox’. The staff and our national innovation labs will drive communication and implementation, based on the challenges identified by each steering group. Additionally, our community within the Alliance provides additional support.
With the scarcity of time for many of our members in mind, we have decided to focus the work of the steering groups to set directions with an activity. This allows participants to focus on discussions and inter-industry alignment on the tangible barriers and challenges that are keeping technologies, solutions or products from successfully delivering impact on the sustainability metrics. Within the Alliance, our staff and national innovation labs handle the execution of work - be it writing a whitepaper or conducting a multi-year research project.
Being part of the Alliance means committing to our Roadmap. By participating in the steering groups and initiatives on the Roadmap, you can actively shape the direction and implementation of sustainability across many industries. Further, within each steering group, you can meet like-minded individuals and organizations that share a common goal of creating a sustainable digital economy.
Yes, transparency is paramount for the Alliance. We report progress and the outcomes of each steering group on a recurring basis. We believe that publishing solutions to inter-industry challenges and summaries on the progress of the steering groups helps everyone.
Each steering group can elect their own chairperson or leader. When there is no suitable chairperson available, a member of the Alliance staff will join regularly and support until a suitable chairperson is elected.
The chairperson of a steering group serves as a point person for the entire group as well as a liaison with the Alliance’s Roadmap team. Responsibilities may include (depending on agreements within each group):
- Ensure proper protocols are taken
- Moderate discussions and create focus around the activity to be addressed
- Identify challenges and agree create alignment on a key challenge
- Coordinate questions, outcomes, and related details with the Roadmap team
The roadmap is designed to acknowledge the progress we have already made and the aspect that some outcomes of one Activity can support another. If you are interested in forming a steering group to start an activity that is not planned until a few years from now, please let us know. We will consider if and how we can move it forward or identify other compatible areas for you to contribute.
We aim to publish updates together on a recurrent basis and are happy to collaborate with you on a publication. To ensure proper attribution, we ask that any publication includes a reference to the Roadmap and the other participants of the steering group.