2022 Q2 Message from the ANSI President: Broadening Our Reach and Collective Impact 2022 Q2 Message from the ANSI President: Broadening Our Reach and Collective Impact
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Broadening Our Reach and Collective Impact

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Dear colleagues,

It’s been a busy quarter for ANSI and our constituents, and one that has brought about a lot of positive momentum in our community. We’re leaning in to our “new normal” with more hybrid gatherings, and we’re welcoming new participants and more wide-reaching engagement in the standards development process. In fact, increasing participation and bringing in a more diverse set of stakeholders has been a key focus for ANSI this quarter, and we’re furthering these efforts as the year progresses.

More Participants, Greater Engagement

In line with ANSI’s Essential Requirements, strategic priorities, and organizational mission, we are always looking for ways to reach more stakeholders and bring new participants to the table – and to support the capacity for current participants to be actively involved. As many in the standards community near retirement age, we’re faced with a widening knowledge gap about the standards development process. Our goal is to bolster the standards talent pipeline, and we’ve been recommitting to training efforts and mentorship activities to help this next generation join the conversation. Many initiatives are underway; one new program to support this priority is the USNC’s National Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) program. Officially launched during World Standards Week in May, this program offers newcomers in electrotechnology standardization a platform for active engagement, training, and collaboration.

Also, ANSI’s Joint Organizational Member Forum (OMF)/Government Member Forum (GMF) on June 22 focused on the importance of training and capacity building for U.S. participants in standards. It’s a hot topic across our entire community, and it was terrific to hear first-hand insights from individuals on their experiences as newcomers to standards participation; perspectives from members on their own organizations’ standards training; and engaging in an interactive discussion on what we can all do to bolster capacity building and effective participation from diverse stakeholders.

Support for Consumers

One group of underrepresented stakeholders we’re reaching out to is consumers. Following a great virtual Consumer Interest Forum (CIF) meeting in April, we’re proud to have launched the Consumer Participation Fund. This initiative provides financial resources to support consumer participation in the development of standards, with an initial focus on health and safety standards. Both consumer representatives and standards developers cite lack of funding as a barrier to consumer participation in standards development, and the Consumer Participation Fund hopes to ease the financial burden on consumers as they volunteer to spend time working on standards. I’m sincerely grateful to the five organizations that support this fund as founding sponsors alongside ANSI: ASTM International, IAPMO, NSF International, UL, and the Toy Association.

Hybrid Meetings to Meet All Needs

After many months of fully remote meetings, I’ve been so pleased to see many colleagues and friends in person again as face-to-face meetings resume. And yet, virtual gatherings do come with their own benefits – namely, supporting participation and engagement by a broader set of stakeholders. We’ve held several hybrid meetings now, offering both virtual and in-person participation, and I’m happy to say that this format, although more complex, accommodates all. The face-to-face component remains, so that we can keep the relationships that bolster our community and nurture new connections, while the online option supports participation from a wider group for collaboration, learning, and progress. Online or in-person, we are happy to have you with us.

Join the Conversation

Following a highly enlightening hybrid Spring World Standards Week in May and successful member forum meetings in June, we have more great opportunities for members to engage virtually or in person coming up:

Also, mark your calendars for Fall World Standards Week, October 10-14, which will include a hybrid Joint Member Forum and the 2022 Awards celebration. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to submit award nominations for individuals and organizations who you believe should be honored for their significant contributions to the standards, conformity assessment, and workforce development communities! The nominations period has just been extended to July 7 to accommodate a number of requests.

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With great appreciation for your membership, I invite you to join ANSI in our efforts to support increased participation and engagement from stakeholders in every corner of the standards community. We encourage you to spread your knowledge and enthusiasm to build an even richer, more diverse group of participants that support a balanced and successful U.S. standardization system.

I hope that you and your families enjoy the summer ahead, and I look forward to seeing many of you in person or online soon.

Best regards,

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Joe Bhatia

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