[ALAC] Document for discussion during Friday's ALS Expectations session

Veronica Cretu veronicacretu at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 12:22:46 UTC 2016

Dear Alan, many thanks for sharing this important analyses.

As I am not attending Hyderabad meeting, due to a commitment made long ago
to Council of Europe for the upcoming World Forum for Democracy, here are
my few immediate reflections, in addition to the ones you have shared:

People engage/participate and get involved for a number of reasons:

-          Personal/professional ambitions and motivations/aspirations or a
commitment to a certain agenda;

-          Organizational related objectives – promoting the institution
one is part of, bringing the organization to a different development stage,
among others;

-          Good knowledge of the issues being addressed and expertise that
allows for a constructive engagement;

In line with the above, might be worth mapping and understanding what
‘brings’ ALSs and formal ALS representative to the ICANN ecosystem in the
first place, what are the driving elements behind.

On the other hand, we may also want to consider having some quantitative
and qualitative indicators in place, that would allow measuring the
engagement along with the quality of engagement and understand what is the
kind of transformational changes that need to occur at the ALS, RALO, ALAC
or ICANN level in order to deepen and broaden the engagement of ALSs in
long run.

For this to happen, I envisage that a data collection mechanism might help
track progress, and it can be also a scorecard with an operational layer
(where data for specific indicators are collected), and a dashboard that
allows to see in real time where things go into the ‘wrong’ direction and
allow for a rapid response mechanism in place/or intervene and re-dress the
situation before it is too late.

Wishing you all a productive week ahead,


*Veronica Cretu *

*MA in Contemporary Diplomacy*
*Governance Reforms Scorecard Initiative Coordinator with World Bank
*President, Open Government Institute **- http://opengov.si.md/
*Email: veronicacretu at gmail.com <veronicacretu at gmail.com> *
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On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 1:17 PM, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>

> Over the last months I have done a lot of thinking and talking about how
> to make ALSes effective - specifically to set reasonable expectations that
> will allow At-Large and its ALSes to be critical and useful parts of the
> ICANN ecosystem.
> Please find attached an analysis of where I think we are today, why we are
> here, and how we should move forward.
> I believe that we need a realistic plan and we should not just wait for
> the independent review to tell us what to do.
> Alan
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