[bc-gnso] Anzaja: resignation

Rick Anderson RAnderson at interborder.ca
Fri Feb 5 17:31:32 UTC 2010

Liz, I can understand your feelings (being someone who's not yet
succeeded in a BC election and prone to thinking that it can be a closed
circle with contributions underappreciated).  

But know that that there are many of us who do value your contribution
and hope you will reconsider.  We are at an important time in our
evolution as a constituency/stakeholder group and you are 100% correct
that opening up is what we must do. 


Rick Anderson
EVP, InterBorder Holdings Ltd.

randerson at interborder.ca
cell: (403) 830-1798

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-bc-gnso at icann.org [mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org] On Behalf
Of Liz Williams
Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 9:48 AM
To: Michael D. Palage
Cc: 'bc - GNSO list'
Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] Anzaja: resignation

Thanks very much Michael

However, I didn't make the decision lightly.  My views were well known  
within the membership circle and I did what I said I was going to do.   
The BC is closing down not opening up and it certainly isn't opening  
up to new voices from different places who care about wider business  
issues -- my consulting interest is a minor part of my broader  
business life.  ICANN will have to deal with that at an organisational  

Best wishes and, yes, always mutual respect even if there are  
differing views.

On 5 Feb 2010, at 15:58, Michael D. Palage wrote:

> Liz,
> If there is one thing I have learned in 11 years of ICANN battles,  
> is that
> it is best to sometimes take 24 hours before sending certain emails.  
> Over
> the better part of those 11 years we have sometimes been on the same  
> side of
> an issue or the opposite side of an issue, regardless I think there  
> has
> always been a mutual respect.
> I understand and appreciate your concerns but resigning does not  
> seem to be
> part of the solution, but appears to add to the problem a lack of geo
> graphic diversity within the BC. As a sort of nomad of the GNSO,  
> actively
> participating in various constituencies, may I recommend maintaining  
> your
> membership in the BC and look to get involved in other  
> constituencies. By
> the way, the Registry Constituency just approved the process for  
> observer
> members to join. Based on your work with CORE this would seem to be a
> natural fit with some of the new gTLD would are likely to be doing.  
> As a
> consultant much like yourself, I find the different viewpoints voiced
> /advocated within different constituencies constructive.
> As a long time member of the BC, I have seen an ebb and flow in the  
> dynamics
> and its make-up. Play the long game, stay engaged and things will  
> change
> they always do.
> Just my two cents.
> Best regards,
> Michael
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-bc-gnso at icann.org [mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org] On  
> Behalf Of
> Liz Williams
> Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 10:14 AM
> To: bc - GNSO list
> Subject: [bc-gnso] Anzaja: resignation
> Dear colleagues
> There is little point in being part of an organisation so dominated by
> US based interests.  There is nought to congratulate ourselves about
> being so clearly dominated by one particular group when there are such
> broader issues at stake.  We have failed substantially to meet our
> charter obligations and the new executive committee will have a large
> task on its hands to ensure a fresh and innovative approach to
> representing business interests across the board.
> I have asked Gary to remove me from BC membership with immediate  
> effect.
> Liz

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