[council] Funding for travel

Avri Doria avri at psg.com
Mon Dec 3 18:04:23 UTC 2007


While I have made a request to Denise regarding support for travel  
for remote locations by council members, understanding that most  
every location is remote to someone, I am not sure what direct action  
we can take.  I have asked for budget consideration for 2008.  Does  
anyone have any suggestions?

For clarification, what level of support we are asking for:

- Full support for all council members equivalent to nomcom appointee  
level os support
- Full support for at least one member from each constituency
- Support on an individual need basis.  As I understand it, some  
participants may have already been able to get support on this basis.

One personal comment about nomcom appointee support.  For the most  
part nomcom appointees are outsiders brought into ICANN and are  
generally not people who would have had professional interest in  
ICANN had they not been brought in by the Nomcom.  Speaking  
personally,  while a registrant and thus a stakeholder without  
constituency, ICANN was not on my list of professional activities and  
thus was not  something i would have chosen to spent my own income on  
(i.e., I was content as an outside critic until  asked to participate  
from the inside).  I am assuming that those in constituencies and who  
become active in these constituencies have a professional or advocacy  
reason for participation.  I am not arguing that this disqualifies  
anyone for support, but am trying to point out that there may be a  
difference in consideration between nomcom appointee expenses and  
constituency representative expenses.  Also I do not expect that any  
nomcom appointee get their income from activities relating to ICANN.  
e.g, I don't.  I also wonder whether any of the constituencies  
provide support for their chosen council members and whether this  
should be an issue as part of the restructuring effort.


On 3 dec 2007, at 09.41, Mike Rodenbaugh wrote:

> I also support another direct request, and echo Ute’s comments.  I  
> doubt that many Councilors outside of the NomComm (who have their  
> expenses paid) and the Registries and Registrars (who have ICANN  
> issues central to their businesses) would be able to make the trips  
> to Delhi or Africa.
> From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner- 
> council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of Ute Decker
> Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 3:09 AM
> To: council at gnso.icann.org
> Subject: RE: [council] Funding for travel
> I very much support that – ideally giving him also an idea of  
> scale.  I am among the many who will not be able to attend unless  
> travel cost is covered and this is too important a meeting to miss  
> out on.
> From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner- 
> council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of Philip Sheppard
> Sent: 03 December 2007 10:59
> To: council at gnso.icann.org
> Subject: [council] Funding for travel
> Given that Delhi will soon be upon us, and that Council travel  
> funding is in the ICANN budget, (even though we have repeated this  
> request in our reform submission), should we consider a direct  
> request to the ICANN CEO to authorise release of funds for Delhi ?
> Philip

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