[council] Comments on travel support

Avri Doria avri at psg.com
Thu Dec 6 18:56:10 UTC 2007

Dear Brent,

Thank you for your note.

I do think that that GNSO council would be interested in speaking  
with you about this issue during one of our calls.  I will contact  
you directly to schedule a time in one of our upcoming meetings.



On 5 dec 2007, at 23.23, Doug Brent wrote:

> GNSO Counselors,
> I understand that there is an ongoing discussion regarding travel  
> support
> for GNSO Council members to ICANN meetings. You all are volunteers,  
> and
> rightly want an explicit policy for travel support, a rationale  
> that makes
> sense to you about that policy, and understanding of how that plays  
> into the
> budget.
> Just a few years ago, this was an easy discussion with an automatic
> decision...ICANN just didn't have the resources to broadly fund  
> travel. Now,
> it is important to re-look at the situation and  come up with  
> explicit,
> sensible policies....which is challenging. How do we encourage and  
> support
> the activities of volunteers? How do we justify the money we  
> collect and
> spend? This is clearly an issue with broad community impact.
> Staff is actively working on this topic, with a goal (a tough one)  
> to get a
> broad community policy ready for review by the Delhi meeting.  
> Another very
> logical input point is the 2009 budget work, which will certainly  
> begin in
> Delhi. I'd be happy to join a GNSO phone call some time soon to get  
> your
> input on this matter, or am also happy to hear directly from you on  
> this via
> email or phone.
> Thanks,
> Doug
> --
> Doug Brent
> Chief Operating Officer
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