[ALAC] Meeting with Goran 22 September 16.00utc.

Glenn McKnight mcknight.glenn at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 03:08:30 UTC 2020

Thanks  Maureen
I have beating the drum for a  while that  ICANN should be proactive in
recognizing the value of the volunteer contribution.     Perhaps  ICANN can
commission a study as they did in Canada  to demonstrate our value
i*e  "If measured, volunteering would add an estimated $56 billion to
economic activity in 2017. Together with non-profit activities, the
economic contribution rises to nearly $87 billion. But the benefits of
volunteering spread beyond the value of additional hours worked."   source *

Glenn McKnight, MA
Virtual School of Internet Governance
Chief Information Officer

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 9:03 PM Maureen Hilyard <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com>

> Hi everyone
> I noted that in the threads related to discussions with Goran (and wrt the
> ALAC-Board meeting at ICANN69) there were references made to matters that
> were raised in the Workload Survey so that I am bending towards using this
> interaction with Goran as an opportunity to address some of our workload
> issues related to ICANN meetings and our work with ICANN in general.
> I sent the Workload survey to Goran and others and soon after, had an
> opportunity to speak to it during our 1:1 discussion (as one of his normal
> SOAC Chair chats). He was sympathetic to the workload issues that were
> raised, and I asked whether perhaps ICANN should look at how they might
> appropriately recognise the work that is being done by some very active
> At-Large participants at their own cost - of precious down-time, energy,
> internet costs as well as the intellectual contribution they make on a
> weekly basis, all for the benefit of ICANN, with no expectation of
> compensation.
> Is it really acceptable in this day and age that people are expected to
> have such a high level of input into an important organisational output,
> for free? Especially in light of what many are also experiencing with
> regards to pandemic conditions and the impacts it is having on their daily
> lives? That volunteers across ICANN remain committed to this level of
> giving is really amazing. But what replaces our more accustomed reward for
> effort - of attending an ICANN meeting in some exotic place around the
> world? In the middle of a pandemic, do we have any answers?
> Another topical discussion also mentioned in the Workload survey, and
> which was also raised in our SOAC Chairs meeting this week, was the idea of
> regional meetings. Goran suggested that things may have to be different for
> the future of ICANN meetings. If you have any suggestions as alternatives,
> then I am sure that he would be happy to hear them. I am re-attaching the
> report in case you can't find it. The discussion should be interesting.
> Just to add, Leon will also be at the meeting, but he will be giving his
> usual update on Board activities. Maybe he will have further news on the
> Internet Grant.
> Comments welcome.
> Maureen
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