[council] GNSO Council - Looking ahead from ICANN 45

Jonathan Robinson jonathan.robinson at ipracon.com
Fri Oct 26 08:39:35 UTC 2012

Many thanks Wolf,

And thank-you Maria for taking the initiative on asking for this
All councillors being as familiar as reasonably possible with these
procedures can only help in our effective functioning as a council.

The GNSO Website was recently re-developed and is a good resource.
I'd encourage all Councillors to keep a close eye on it and to please make
any suggestions for improvement.

Best wishes,


-----Original Message-----
From: Wolf-Ulrich.Knoben at t-online.de [mailto:Wolf-Ulrich.Knoben at t-online.de]

Sent: 26 October 2012 08:28
To: Maria Farrell; Jonathan Robinson
Cc: council at gnso.icann.org; gnso-secs at icann.org
Subject: Re: [council] GNSO Council - Looking ahead from ICANN 45

Dear Maria,

please find an appropriate link here:

Best regards


-----Original Message-----
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:52:04 +0200
Subject: Re: [council] GNSO Council - Looking ahead from ICANN 45
From: Maria Farrell <maria.farrell at gmail.com>
To: Jonathan Robinson <jonathan.robinson at ipracon.com>

Dear Jonathan,

Many thanks to you for this warm welcome. I'm really thrilled to be
joining the Council on behalf of the NCSG. 

Oddly enough, when I was on staff some years ago as GNSO Policy Officer,
Glen and I prepared the first formal inductions for new councillors. Back
then we focused a lot on then-current substantive policy issues. 

But now, at least as steep a learning curve is the many processes and
procedures that have been developed. To be effective councillors, I think us
new people could probably do with equal guidance on the 'how' of
policy as well as the 'what'. 

In that vein, can I ask for a link to the operating procedures to be

All the best, Maria

On 25 October 2012 11:53, Jonathan Robinson <jonathan.robinson at ipracon.com
[1]> wrote:

	Dear GNSO Councillors,


	It’s a week since ICANN 45 in Toronto and I would like to take the
opportunity to personally update you with a little progress and the
development of my thinking in the interim. 


	Together with the Vice Chairs, we took advantage of being in Toronto
to meet with the GNSO Policy staff and secretariat.  The objective was to
discuss and understand key practical interactions and ways of working
together to ensure smooth operational functioning of the Council.  We met
for a little over an hour, had a productive, open discussion and I believe
we are all off to a good start. 


	As we commence working together as a “new” council and begin the
terms of our incoming Councillors, I am very keen to extend a very warm
welcome to all those who joined us in Toronto.  More than that, I’d like to
make sure we give the incoming Councillors a proper introduction to and
induction onto the Council.  With this in mind, I’ll be writing to them in
order to set up at least one meeting.  If, from your own experience of
joining or working on the Council, you think that there are specific
imprtant areas we should cover in an induction, please don’t hesitate to let
me know. 


	During the course of the election process, we touched on key areas
that needed on going, renewed or new attention and I’d like to mention
these.  I think of them as strategic priorities and my list is as


	1.       Work load management and prioritisation

	2.       Internal relations and effective working of the Council 

	3.       External relations and effective representation of the


	 I am sure most of you will think of other areas that you may wish
to see on this list.  In any case, I look forward to expanding on points
1-3 above with some practical initiatives.  In the meantime, and indeed for
the whole of my term as chair of the Council, I will welcome any
constructive input and feedback from you. 


	As discussed at various points, my overarching objective is to work
with you, the groups you represent and the relevant ICANN staff to ensure
that the GNSO Council is effective, seen to be effective and that our work
is appreciated and respected. 


	Best wishes,







[1] mailto:jonathan.robinson at ipracon.com

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