[bc-gnso] Ballot for a new BC Charter -- suggestion on how to proceed -- "interim" charter, followed by thoughtful revision

Mike O'Connor mike at haven2.com
Wed Oct 14 13:05:12 UTC 2009

hello all,

given that time is short, and we need to have a charter in place at  
Seoul, how about this for an idea?

- put forth at least two competing charters and vote between them,  
rather than on just one.  maybe one of the proposed charters could be  
based on the staff-supplied charter template?  either way the vote  
comes out, we'll have a charter (plus a sense of which charter  
approach the group prefers).

- approve an instruction to the (new) officers that we revise that  
interim charter in an orderly/thoughtful/less-harried way over the  
next three (two?  six?) months

just a quick thought before jumping back into my submarine (er, car)  
for another rainy day of driving to New Orleans.


> From: owner-bc-gnso at icann.org [mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org] On  
> Behalf Of BC Secretariat
> Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 8:09 AM
> To: bc-gnso at icann.org
> Subject: [bc-gnso] Ballot for a new BC Charter
> Dear Members
> Ballot on revised BC Charter
> At the request of the BC Officers and with reference to the message  
> below, I have today opened a 7-day voting period for the newly  
> revised BC Charter.
> A majority approval vote means the new Charter will be adopted. A  
> majority non-approval vote means the Charter will not be adopted.
> A ballot form is attached. Each member organisation has one vote.  
> The vote should be placed by the principle BC contact for the  
> membership organsiation or by notified proxy. I will apply weighted  
> voting when I receive your ballot form. All ballots will be  
> acknowledged.
> The voting period closes at midnight in your time zone on Monday 19  
> October 2009. Ballots cannot be accepted after this time.
> Best wishes
> Gary
> ----------------------------------------------------
> We would like to ask all members to cast their vote in favour of the  
> attached revised BC Charter.
> A definitive PDF version is attached.
> A Word version showing recent track changes is also provided for  
> information.
> The Charter accommodates necessary changes for the re-structured  
> GNSO in which the stakeholder groups provide representatives to the  
> GNSO council.
> As such the BC will move from a situation in which its three GNSO  
> representatives were also BC Officers, to a separation of these roles.
> There will be a new executive committee with a chair and two vice- 
> chairs in addition to the two representatives to the GNSO Council.
> The Charter also includes other changes recommended by members and  
> ICANN staff based on learning since the last Charter.
> The officers have done their best to accommodate all member  
> perspectives given the diversity of those perspectives.
> The Board has requested Constituencies complete work on Charter  
> revision by Seoul.
> Zahid Jamil
> Mike Rodenbaugh
> Philip Sheppard
> BC Officers

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