[Internal-cg] URGENT, suggested poll.

joseph alhadeff joseph.alhadeff at oracle.com
Sun Jul 27 14:07:31 UTC 2014


I think we can all agree that there was a decision in London to have 3 
co-chairs that gained a very slight majority over two co-chairs - recall 
the humming.  I think to suggest that there was a 'unanimous position" 
on three co-chairs is an overstatement of the conclusion and the 
process.  While I agree that a broad consensus should emerge if we wish 
to change the London decision, I do not know that we thought that any 
decision was beyond question or amendment...

My concern here is much broader than the number of chairs, which for me 
is an administrative issue, since chairs are not clothed with anything 
but consultative and administrative responsibility.  My concern is the 
confusion related to the process issues and the need to create greater 

For administrative issues I think that, going forward, the doodle poll 
is a good way to get a "sense of the room" while online. Hopefully the 
summer is the reason why participation on the list has been so spotty.  
For our project to be a success we need real and widespread 
participation in discussion and decision-making. I think we may also 
need more discussions related to how we deal with discussions and 
decision-making on substantive issues.


On 7/27/2014 5:50 AM, Subrenat, Jean-Jacques wrote:
> Good morning Alissa,
> Hello Colleagues,
> The Chair of the ALAC has asked me to bring to your attention the following:
> 1) In his recent message to this list, Olivier pointed out that "The ALAC considers it essential to uphold the decision taken in London to appoint 3 Co-Chairs, the process of which cannot be put to fault". There has not yet been a response or reply to this letter.
> 2) The poll your have set up regarding the leadership structure proposes several alternatives, but is based on a makeshift process following someone's ad hoc suggestion: this cannot in any way have the same standing as the UNANIMOUS decision of the CG in London to have 3 Co-Chairs.
> In careful consideration of the above, the ALAC respectfully requests that the decision taken in London about the leadership structure be acted upon without delay, and that the proposed poll be discontinued.
> It is the sincere hope of the ALAC that the Coordination Group will take this opportunity to fully implement the principles of diversity, balance and fairness, so as to create a truly global trust regarding its membership and confidence in its processes.
> Thank you.
> Best regards,
> Jean-Jacques.
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