RE: [bc-gnso] FW: [council] Confirmation of new practice at face to face open council meetings
Mike, I find this posting and the attached background material to be of serious concern regarding the needed respect and regard for the full BC membership's interest, and involvement in the Policy Development working processes. Your comment: "A small and growing group of privileged observers, none of whom are elected or appointed to represent anyone but themselves and/or their specific organizations, are increasingly taking an inordinate amount of Council and Staff time. In effect, they are a "Shadow Council" that follows the Council from meeting to meeting, taking advantage of a privilege they ought not have. This must stop, effective immediately." Your response is wholly inappropriate until you bring such a topic into the BC and have a discussion with the membership about the concerns that you have about the ability of the Councilors to achieve and fulfill their responsibilities, and what proposals you have for making changes, when these changes have implications that impact on the membership itself, as this clearly does. I believe that it is clear that a discussion within the BC membership on issues like this must be held BEFORE you take independent action. Last night's gathering of the BC members would have been an excellent opportunity for you to raise your concern, and for the BC members in attendance to have discussed your concerns, and considered what guidance they would like to see put forward by their elected councilors regarding proposing changes in the 'practices' regarding the working groups held over the weekends. Adding in these additional working sessions, I believe, was initiated some time ago, before you were an elected Councilor, and the 'rules of practice' have evolved over time, and changed somewhat from Bruce Tonkin as chair, and Avri Doria as chair. However, many BC members -- like myself -- pay their own costs and expend equal volunteer time to following ICANN's work; participating on working groups; reviewing and commenting on various ICANN documents, beyond the areas that the BC councilors are responsible for -- including the budget, strategic plan, operating plan, reviews of the organization, etc. While I pay my own freight, your travel, accommodations and food is fully paid. I wonder who the 'privileged observer' is here! While the work of elected councilors is of significant importance to the BC membership, the involvement and participation of members is more than equally critical, if there is to be any ability for the elected councilors to take positions for their constituency. I would like to invite BC members here at Seoul (and those who read this post from their home location) to send me their list of topics for the ad hoc gathering at 18:00 today. We had a great session last evening, and I think it illustrates the value of participation by the members. Thank you, RA Ronald N. Andruff RNA Partners, Inc. 220 Fifth Avenue, 20th floor New York, New York 10001 www.rnapartners.com V: +1 212 481 2820 x 11 F: +1 212 481 2859 -----Original Message----- From: owner-bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Rodenbaugh Sent: 2009-10-24 21:19 To: bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx Subject: [bc-gnso] FW: [council] Confirmation of new practice at face to face open council meetings Fyi below from the Council Chair, in response to the attached email string begun by me, and subsequent discussion of Council this morning. I have had these very strong feelings for a long time now, and various less formal efforts to remedy the situation have not been effective. The Council appears nearly unanimous in support of the concept that Councilors should be given every opportunity to speak at Council meetings, and any public comment periods within the weekend meetings will be structured more as they are in the large public Council meetings held on Wednesday of the ICANN meetings. This is an effort to make Council more efficient, and to allow Councilors to do their jobs without constant interruptions from non-representative individuals. Of course, there are many other opportunities for such individuals to voice their comments and questions through the GNSO's bottom-up, open and transparent policy development practices, including the BC's internal practices. Mike Rodenbaugh RODENBAUGH LAW 548 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 738-8087 http://rodenbaugh.com -----Original Message----- From: owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Avri Doria Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2009 5:37 PM To: Council GNSO Subject: [council] Confirmation of new practice at face to face open council meetings Hi. After this mornings meeting I wanted to confirm several actions that I took away from the meeting: 1. the seats at the table for open council meetings will be reserved for council members, liaisons and relevant staff. Chair, vice-chair (s) and staff will request that others take the observers seats. For future meetings name placards will be requested to those to be seated at the table. 2. the observers will be requested to queue at the microphones, and the chair will be responsible for giving them the floor at appropriate points, though precedence for speaking will be given to those around the table. 3. any further changes to the practices at open meetings will be discussed by the new council at its discretion. Please let me know if I have misinterpreted the will of that meeting. a.