At the Plenary Session of the International German Genealogy Partnership Conference in Minneapolis, MN, July 28-30, 2017, an update on the vision of the IGGP was presented by founder Dirk Weissleder. From his program, handout, the following are points for the "vision for the future" of the IGGP. 
.
We are doing the obvious...
  • IGGP as promoter and curator of German genealogy
  • Bringing people together for cooperative research—globally
  • We help finding living relatives
  • We are using technology to power new research pathways
  • Why today, why us? And what must we do? 
  • It is all about connections: cultural, personal
  • We will build a figurative cathedral of international German genealogy
 
What we will learn...
  • is how to work together, by learning from each other as equals is how to deal with mass data as we track the worldwide footsteps of the Germans
  • is how to deal with growing size, interest, and success in the IGGP 
  • is how to get along with our different mentalities 
  • is how to speak in different languages
  • is how to balance different expectations 
  • is to make clear that everyone can contribute to the big success as a win-win
 
Let´s make dreams come true—as a big family of researchers
  • Start with single projects on the first families, as they appear far away from home
  • Do not re-invent the wheel—know what we already have researched 
  • Climb the mountains to see the landscape, and get the “whole picture“ 
  • Let us help those who cannot visit the places of desire
 
Future visions for IGGP
  • IGGP will create a working process for increasing the quality and speed of German genealogy
  • IGGP will establish strong machinery for German genealogy research worldwide
  • IGGP will become a laboratory of ideas and projects
  • It will develop templates for strengthening societies and groups, and for personal contacts
  • It will establish an inventory of what we have and what we know
  • It will determine how we can save material for coming generations in decentralized repositories
  • The German societies and researchers must be won over—our bottleneck!
  • IGGP will become a member of international institutions and networks
  • IGGP is us: it is all in our hands
  • It will begin an IGGP-Review (“Letters from our cousins“) as our central publication
  • It will plann commmon events, conferences and virtual meetings in the future.