[Alac-sc-outreach] O&E Suggestion : improving the text of our ALAC / At-Large sessions at ICANN F2F meetings

Dev Anand Teelucksingh devtee at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 17:27:36 UTC 2018

One suggestion for the O&E to fix is the issue of how our At-Large/ALAC
meetings are listed in the schedule at ICANN F2F meetings.

Consider ICANN61. There is a session at
https://61.schedule.icann.org/meetings/647710 titled "ALAC and Regional
Leaders Working Session Part 1"
This is the descriptive text that newcomers, fellows will see
"The Members of the ALAC and the Regional Leadership will discuss policy
and process issues of importance to them. These sessions will also include
presentations by senior staff."

Why should any newcomers, ICANN fellows, nextgen care to attend this ?

The description says nothing what the ALAC is, only says the ALAC will
discuss stuff important to them, implying its like a closed meeting and
we're not talking anything of importance to newcomers to attend.

So we should work to change this descriptive text.

Also, the title of our sessions "ALAC and Regional Leaders Working Session
Part 1", Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, etc etc.

I know its hard to finalize agendas in a timely manner, but can we come up
with better descriptive text for these names? We tend (or should) group
these Working Sessions under a particular theme or subject - Security, new
gTLD policy, Finance for example and we should therefore have the subject
or theme in the title of the sessions.

Also, instead of "ALAC and Regional Leaders" which again gives a "if you're
not a ALAC or Regional Leader, you are NOT welcome" vibe, so lets make it
more inviting...perhaps "At-Large Community (ALAC)"

This may seem tedious, but I think it would have huge benefit to At-Large.
Once created however, we can use the improved description and titles going
forward for future ICANN F2F meetings.

Dev Anand Teelucksingh
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