[bc-gnso] FW: DRAFT Charter for BC/based on staff iniital draft

Marilyn Cade marilynscade at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 19 21:47:44 UTC 2009

Dear BC members
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk to Rob Hoggarth, ICANN staff on other topics, and learned that the ICANN staff forwarded a 'minimal' charter mark up document to the BC officers in August, 2009. I've posted as BC_Charter-revisions... etc.
At that time, this document represented the minimal changes to meet the ICANN Board expectations for changes.However, the BC membership has expressed an interest in having a significant change in organizational structure.
The BC officers, and some members worked on a signficant rewrite of the existing Charter and that was presented for a vote, and then, withdrawn in recognition of the members concerns. 
The status is that the membership do not support holding a vote on the extremely detailed version of the BC Charter that was presented.
Nevertheless, the Charter that was developed in the BC officer process included a significant modification that most members support -- the creation of a executive committee.
After exploring the staff developed 'minimal mark up' version, I took the BC officer developed version, extracted the section on new organizational structure, and added in some enhancements, according to what I have 'discerned' from the BC list exchanges. 
The new draft that I present, as a BC member, has the following characteristics:
a six month life cyclea distributed accountability and leadership approachrecognition of the key role of the policy councilors and a longer term to their rolesfreezing any payment of dues while the membership works out what is reasonable and sustainable
None of the controversial issues of sanctioning or 'disciplining' members is dealt with, since that deserves broader and longer term discussion. so the status quo exists for any such actions.
The Credentials Committee remains in place, but for six months, with renewal as is, for a next term of 1 1/2 years.
there is a new CSG representative role in the new executive committee, since the reality is that everyone will be extremely busy, and the BC deserves to have all players able to devote their time to their respective roles. The '6 month officers' will be consumed with overseeing the development of a full charter. 
I don't expect this to be perfect, but it uses the existing charter as a basis, provides 'mark up', makes only those changes that seem to have 'rough agreement' by various posting BC members, and creates a path forward.
I have cc' Rob Hoggarth, since I am using a document that I requested from him. 
I would like to propose a BC membership discussion on the list, and as appropriate, a 'remote participation' in Seoul.
I understand that all of the BC councilors are funded to travel to Seoul, including Philip Sheppard, outgoing BC councilor, so we can count on all to be fully available to the membership.  
It would be useful to hold a BC meeting to discuss any outstanding issues on Saturday or Sunday evening in Seoul/your very early a.m. in DC, and mid day in Europe.
Please let's use the medium to see if we can find commonality on a draft Charter -- so that a discussion would be a good use of everyone's time. 
I apologize for a delay in sending a marked up version. I was unfortunately in an emergency room for many hours, due to the recurrence of a serious neck injury, and unable to use my left leg and arm for several hours. That was a shock, medically, and personally, but I'm rebounding, due to the miracle of pain medication and steroids!!! I wouldn't be boring you with this news, if I didn't feel so bad to be so late in sending in a detailed draft charter. 

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