[council] Motion to initiate the GNSO Framework for Continuous Improvement Pilot Project

Tatiana Tropina tatiana.tropina at gmail.com
Tue Jun 15 08:44:27 UTC 2021

Dear Kurt,
thank you very much for seconding the motion. I accept your amendments as
friendly amendments. The motion will be updated accordingly.
Most of all, I want to thank you for starting this discussion!
Warm regards,

On Tue, 15 Jun 2021 at 01:10, Kurt Pritz <kurt at kjpritz.com> wrote:

> Dear Tatiana:
> Thank you for submitting this motion. While we have been less than timely
> in responding, the motion has catalysed significant discussion among the
> RySG regarding the Framework and the motion to undertake the Pilot portion
> of the program.
> With that in mind, I wish to: (1) second the motion (if that role is
> yet-to-be fulfilled); (2) propose an amendment for your consideration; (3)
> continue ‘discussion’ of the framework by indicating some of the issues
> that were raised during the RySG discussion of the motion.
> In short, the RySG supports the idea of the Pilot with a pause of the
> Council to consider next steps. The time necessary to spin up the Pilot and
> the pause at the end should provide an opportunity to discuss the issues
> raised below, and those raised by others.
> The proposed amendment would cure an admittedly small difference between
> the Framework, which is uncertain with respect to whom decides to continue
> with the Framework, and the motion, which explicitly puts that decision
> under the aegis of the Council. So the amendment is to the first resolution
> clause (a —> b):
> a.  The GNSO Council initiates the GNSO Framework for Continuous
> Improvement Pilot as outlined in section 4 of this document
> <https://mm.icann.org/pipermail/council/attachments/20210526/8995c911/GNSOFrameworkforContinuousImprovement-clean-updated17May2021-0001.pdf>
> ; *becomes*
> b.  The GNSO Council initiates the GNSO Framework for Continuous
> Improvement Pilot as outlined in section 4 of this document
> <https://mm.icann.org/pipermail/council/attachments/20210526/8995c911/GNSOFrameworkforContinuousImprovement-clean-updated17May2021-0001.pdf> where
> step 4 of Section 4 is replaced with the third resolved clause below.
> This has the effect of replacing:
> a. The section in the Framework: “The pilot will consist of [a] decision
> on if/how to continue with Framework approach and addressing of
> remaining work items,” *with*,
> b. The third bullet in the motion: "Once the pilot completes, the
> Council, in close collaboration with SG/Cs as well as the Council Committee
> and Pilot Task Force, will review the functioning of the Framework and
> decide whether to continue with the other assignments as outlined in the
> updated proposal (see section 3), make modifications to the framework and
> continue with the other assignments, or, identify another path through
> which the assignments identified are to be addressed.”
> With the motion passing to maintain progress, the RySG plans to raise the
> issues below for discussion while the pilot is underway. We have a sense
> that others have issues to raise and, like the RySG, they are in the spirit
> tackling the GNSO work in an efficient and appropriately prioritized way.
> Our comments, somewhat bluntly stated but intended only as discussion
> starters:
> a. The composition of the Committee and Task Forces is overly
> prescriptive; we think: (i) the Task Forces should be given discretion to
> vary composition depending on the task; (ii) subject matter experts should
> be available how and when needed, (iii) the composition of the Committee
> should more closely represent apportionment in the current representation
> in the Council; (iv) the committee itself might vary in composition over
> time.
> b. The definition of consensus is vague and, depending on the composition
> of the Task Force or Committee, might result in decisions or proposed
> decisions contra to the Council representation model. In any case, the
> decision-making methodology (i.e., strive for full-consensus, but if you
> can’t….some alternate will be acceptable), replicates the problem we see
> with every PDP now.
> c. The framework suggests the formation of four Task Forces considering
> seven assignments, and four additional assignments for the Committee. It is
> understood that this will not happen in parallel, but still, we are left
> with the same problem: how many of these task forces can we form given the
> volunteer resources available? It seems that we have, in effect, created an
> additional committee to address the same set of problems, but with a
> prescriptive, one-size, fits-all approach.
> d. Most importantly, we, the Council, should identify and address those
> issues that are most important to the Council and our constituents. We
> should discuss whether it is the best approach to delegate that to a
> separate Committee.
> For example and to me, an existential issue for the Council is the recent
> performance of the PDP, where we just completed two five-year PDPs (where
> implementation has not started), and we are three years into the EPDP Phase
> I, which has not completed implementation work. If these efforts were
> completed in a more-appropriate fraction of the time, there would be more
> people available for other work.
> For others, the most important issues might be policy-related outcomes
> accruing from the ATRT or other reviews. I think this is good fodder for a
> Council discussion in lieu or in addition to the implementation of the
> Framework.
> I know I have left a lot unsaid but have already taken up enough of your
> time. I also raised issues without proposing solutions. These are things
> the Council might discuss together.
> Thanks for reading, I am free to discuss this at any time.
> Sincerely,
> Kurt
> Begin forwarded message:
> *From: *Tatiana Tropina via council <council at gnso.icann.org>
> *Subject: **[council] Motion to initiate the GNSO Framework for
> Continuous Improvement Pilot Project*
> *Date: *June 6, 2021 at 8:30:39 AM PDT
> *To: *GNSO Council List <council at gnso.icann.org>, gnso-SECS <
> gnso-secs at icann.org>
> *Reply-To: *Tatiana Tropina <tatiana.tropina at gmail.com>
> Dear Councillors,
> I am hereby submitting the Motion to initiate the GNSO Framework for
> Continuous Improvement Pilot Project for the GNSO Council Meeting on
> Wednesday,16 June 2021 at 10:30 UTC.
> Warm regards,
> Tatiana
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