[council] GNSO reform - need to set up the schedule NOW !

Gomes, Chuck cgomes at verisign.com
Fri Jun 27 14:08:18 UTC 2008

Thanks Philip.  I would go one step further and suggest that we put
voting structure options (e.g., 4-4-4-4, 4-4-5-3, etc.) completing OFF
the table and instead start off with each constituency rep communicating
what are their primary needs without any reference to number of votes
per stakeholder group.  For example, I think everyone knows that the RyC
supports a balance between contracted and noncontracted parties, but I
believe that we need to take that a step lower and communicate what it
is that we are seeking that that balance provides. I believe that it
would be very helpful if we could start off with an understanding of the
key needs of each constituency; that will then provide a basis for
thinking out of the box to find solutions that all of us can support.

The first steps can be done via email:

1. Each constituency, the NomCom Reps and the ALAC need to identify
their rep NLT Monday, 30 June.  I believe group is working on that.

2. Establish an email list for the group.

3. Schedule the first meeting.

4. Decide who will lead the group.  Should it be one of the GNSO group
members or Rob or someone else?

5. If your idea and mine are accepted, each rep should work with their
colleagues to define the basic principles and their needs.  As I stated
above, I believe that principle and need statements should be void of
any mention of voting numbers.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org 
> [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of Philip Sheppard
> Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 4:04 AM
> To: council at gnso.icann.org
> Subject: [council] GNSO reform - need to set up the schedule NOW !
> Fellow Councillors,
> the Board has spoken and as any Board does when faced with 
> intractable issues, it has sent then back to the intractable 
> participants to sort out !
> I exaggerate, the Board has given us a 4 week window to seek 
> a compromise ourselves and I find that positive.
> I especially welcomed those Board members who commented that 
> working on principles and objectives first is more important 
> than the tool to implement those principles such as parity or 
> the number of votes.
> I believe we should start our WG discussions looking at 
> options which meet the concerns of all parties, and then work 
> out the best tools to meet them.
> Avri, Glen - we need to move rapidly on this group and have 
> its first teleconference meeting next week  w/c June 30 - 
> perhaps July 2 at 1500 UTC with weekly calls or more thereafter.
> I suggest also a face to face of the small WG could be useful 
> towards its completion stage - perhaps in ICANN Brussels (or 
> an Amsterdam Airport hotel) weekend of 12-13 July  ?
> Sorry to be presumptuous on dates but the timetable is very tight.
> I will be the BC representative.
> Who are the other members?
> Philip

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