[ALAC] Multistakeholder Ethos Award Submission

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Wed Mar 28 03:04:43 UTC 2018

As per the decision of the ALAC today, I have nominated Stephane Van 
Gelder for the Multistakeholder Ethos Award.



1. Demonstrated ability to work across community lines with both 
familiar and unfamiliar ICANN Stakeholders with the aim of consensus 
building and collaboration that substantiate ICANN's multistakeholder model;

>Stephane was the classic example someone who was from one particular 
>constituency within ICANN, but clearly believed that all voices must 
>be heard and given due consideration. The discussion and e-mail 
>traffic within At-Large and the ALAC discussing the possibility for 
>this submission was truly amazing. People who one would have thought 
>would have had no contact with Stephane all had stories of how they 
>collaborated with him in some way over the years.

2. Facilitator of dialogue and open discussion in a fair and 
collegial manner, through the spirit of collaboration as shown 
through empathy and demonstrating a sincere desire to engage with 
people from other backgrounds, cultures, and interests;

>As Chair of the GNSO Counsel and later Chair of the Nominating 
>Committee, Stephane had ample opportunity to deal with difficult and 
>contentious situations. Based on the reports of all who have worked 
>with him in both environments, he tirelessly met the challenge with 
>his characteristic aplomb showing even-handedness, intelligence, 
>sensitivity, positive attitude and of course, humor.

3. Demonstrated additional devotional factors exhibited by time spent 
supporting ICANN's multistakeholder model and its overall 
effectiveness through volunteer service via working groups or committees.

>Stephane served in a wide variety of roles in ICANN for almost 20 
>year. No matter how much one cares about the Internet and ICANN and 
>one's business interests, to do that for such a period of time 
>signals a very high level of devotion.

The submission is being made in my capacity of Chair of the ALAC 
based on a formal decision of the ALAC.

However, I would like to add a personal note. I do so with some 
concern, since as a past member of the Ethos Award Panel, I have 
questioned whether panelists should submit candidates (and several 
have over the years). This is an exceptional case. The submission was 
of course triggered by Stephane's untimely death yesterday. But there 
are few people in ICANN who I believe merit this award as much as 
Stephane did and does. I worked with Stephane when I was ALAC Liaison 
to the GNSO and he was Chair. His ability to make me feel a true part 
of the Council and not an interloper is something for which I am very grateful.

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