[gnso-rpm-wg] Mark Your Calendars: First organizational call for RPM WG set for April 21

Phil Corwin psc at vlaw-dc.com
Mon Apr 4 23:02:53 UTC 2016

Dear Members of the RPM Review WG:

As Interim Chair, I am pleased to announce that our initial WG organizational call has been scheduled for 1500-1600 UTC on Thursday, April 21st. You will be receiving a calendar invitation as the date draws closer, along with Adobe Chat and dial-in information.

Please note that this date and time is not indicative of the scheduling of future WG calls. So far, 113 individuals have signed up to be Members of this WG, and their domiciles are broadly distributed around the globe. Therefore, it is likely that the WG will adopt a staggered, rotating meeting schedule to more evenly distribute the inconvenience of calls scheduled outside of normal working hours.

In preparation for the initial call, I invite you to review background materials that are being posted to the WG's wiki space, which can be found at https://community.icann.org/x/4SWAAw.

A proposed agenda for the meeting will be posted in closer proximity to April 21.

Given the size of the WG, the complexity of the issues it will address, and the divergent views and interests raised by some of those issues, it is possible that the administrative task of managing its workflow will be performed by a Chair and several Vice-Chairs, or by several coequal Co-chairs. In this regard -- and while I hope to have your support to serve in one of those leadership  positions going forward -- other WG members should start to consider whether they also wish to serve in a management leader role. Chairs (of whatever title) should expect to be involved in discussions of WG issue management among themselves and with Policy support staff that are in addition to the regularly scheduled WG calls, so there is an extra time commitment involved. While Chairs may step out of their official roles and advocate specific positions, their management of the WG's effort must be neutral and even-handed.

Finally, and again given the large number of volunteers who are willing to contribute to this effort, I request that all WG members refrain from posting substantive comments and materials to the email list at this time and confine their postings between now and April 21 to questions and comments regarding our initial organizational efforts.

Thank you and best regards,
Philip S. Corwin
Interim Chair

Philip S. Corwin, Founding Principal
Virtualaw LLC
1155 F Street, NW
Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20004

Twitter: @VlawDC

"Luck is the residue of design" -- Branch Rickey

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