[council] Your input requested: MSSI trends and cocktails to replace GNSO Council dinner at ICANN62?

Heather Forrest haforrestesq at gmail.com
Fri May 4 07:18:32 UTC 2018

*Dear Council colleagues,As we work towards finalising the ICANN62 GNSO
schedule, Council leadership has been thinking creatively with ICANN staff
to find an opportunity for the GNSO Council to undertake the “trends
exercise” conducted by Theresa Swinehart’s team (MSSI). This exercise is
intended to be an input to ICANN’s next strategic plan. Donna and I had an
opportunity to participate in a similar exercise during the SO/AC Chairs’
workshop held prior to the start of ICANN61 and found it to be an
interesting exercise. We think it is useful to capture the particular
perspective of the GNSO Council as manager of the GNSO PDP in this trends
exercise as a complement to the inputs of the various SGs and Cs and
consistent with our discussions at the Strategic Planning Session back in
January. ICANN62 offers the best timing for us to do this before Theresa’s
team finalises its data gathering and contributes this to ICANN Org for
strategic plan development.At the same time, we are mindful of the limited
time available to us during a policy forum meeting and we have taken the
general approach so far in drafting the ICANN62 schedule of prioritising
PDP time over Council meetings. We therefore seek your input on the idea of
conducting the “trends exercise” as the Council over cocktails on the
Wednesday evening from 18:30-19:30. This would replace the traditional
Council dinner, free up the remainder of an evening for any other plans and
experiment a new format, but would still offer us an opportunity to get
together informally over drinks and canapes, enjoy each other’s company,
while contributing our unique perspective to the “trends” that have been
identified by other parts of the community to date. Please contribute your
thoughts on this idea of getting together on Wednesday evening (ie, the
evening after the GNSO Council meeting) over cocktails, in lieu of the
traditional Council dinner.Best wishes,Heather ForrestDonna AustinRafik
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