[ALAC] Meeting with Goran 22 September 16.00utc.

Nadira Alaraj nadira.araj at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 04:16:48 UTC 2020

Thank you Maureen and all those who contributed to the content of this

“State the obvious” on ALAC active community of what ALAC contribute to
ICANN work might be overlooked in the assumption that ALAC work talks about
itself. Unfortunately, not all SOs or even other ACs knows this valuable
I suggest as an intro to brief on an actual contributions how ALAC
positions enhanced the PDP and ICANN org work.


On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 4:03 AM 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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