Some points which the group may like to consider.
1. Working Groups are an efficient and effective way of bringing together diverse groups to do detailed policy development work. Making those groups work better needs:
A. Clear working procedures for Working Group members which includes email and teleconference protocols; time frames and work expectations. Joining a Working Group assumes that people actually work and provide real and substantive contributions.
B. Assistance for potential chairs of Working Groups to operate in a consistent way which would include "chair" training and adequate administrative assistance. This would also include training on running conference calls which is different to face to face meetings + provision documentation templates that present the Working Group outputs more professionally.
C. Assistance with increasing the pool of participants who work on issues. There is a significant risk of volunteer burnout given the load and diversity of policy development work. This may include deliberate Constituency based outreach activities and partnership activity with ICANN to "grow" constituency participation.
D. Work on explaining the value being involved in Working Group and the real chance to have a robust way of policy development input.
Liz Williams Senior Policy Counselor ICANN - Brussels +32 2 234 7874 tel +32 2 234 7848 fax +32 497 07 4243 mob