[bc-gnso] BC charter revision - basic principles
icann at rodenbaugh.com
Mon Sep 14 23:17:12 UTC 2009
Hi Philip, my responses in CAPS below.
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Subject: [bc-gnso] BC charter revision - basic principles
In order to shape any conference call on the Charter I wonder if members
would be kind enough to provide thoughts on the following.
Today we have 41 members, 3 elected volunteer member officers, 3 appointed
credentials committee, and 2 nom com appointees plus a part time
secretariat. Additionally a number of members contribute to ad hoc policy
and other task forces etc.
Issue 1 - the balance between doers and members What is the right balance
between the number of annually elected positions and the membership size ?
Today (and for the last 10 years) it is 3/41 = 7% Draft charter changes it
to 5/41 =12%.
The draft charter also envisages other admin committees totalling with the
elected positions 13/41 =32%.
What is the right balance between elected, appointed and ad hoc ?
Are there one third of the BC willing to volunteer their time to non-policy
work? [WE DO NOT HAVE MANY MEMBERS PARTICIPATING SUBSTANTIALLY TO ANY
BC-RELATED WORK TODAY. THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT WILL IMPROVE
ANYTIME SOON, PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE DETERIORATING STATE OF BC LIST
COMMUNICATIONS, EXODUS OF LARGE MEMBERS, ETC.]
Is there sufficient motivation to be a member volunteer for mostly
non-policy work? [IT WOULD SEEM PEOPLE WOULD BE MORE MOTIVATED TO DO POLICY
WORK, SINCE THAT IS OUR PURPOSE AS A CONSTITUENCY. FEW ENGAGE IN THAT NOW.
WHY WOULD WE EXPECT MORE VOLUNTEERS FOR NON-POLICY WORK?]
Do members want one set of elections per year or several ? [ONE IS PLENTY,
TURNOUT IS VERY LOW FOR MANY VOTES ALREADY.]
What does it mean if we conduct an election but less than half the members
vote? [NOTHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT THIS...]
Issue 2 - balance of independence
As ICANN starts to offer more services what degree of independence do we
want as a constituency ?
Do members wish to authorise the release of their private data to enable
ICANN staff for instance in the future to run BC elections? [NO.]
Do members wish to entrust ICANN with the funds in the BC bank account ?
Or should the ICANN toolbox be a basket of services that the secretariat can
choose from? [YES, SERVICES THAT BC LEADERSHIP CAN CHOOSE FROM.]
Knowing how members feel on these higher level issues may help us move
forward and reach consensus on the shape of our future Charter.
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