[ALAC] Meeting with Goran 22 September 16.00utc.
Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond
ocl at gih.com
Fri Sep 18 18:59:47 UTC 2020
"travel is a perk" is a derogatory way of referring to the ALAC.
If I was to bill every hour that I spend volunteering for At-Large and
the days spent at ICANN meetings, I would have enough money in my pocket
to go to better places, better hotels and do better things than staying
in a windowless, frozen room for 10 hours a day. I don't do that because
a. I believe in making a difference and b. I enjoy the company of people
that have become friends
On 18/09/2020 20:38, Maureen Hilyard wrote:
> Hi Alan
> LOL. I should have put the "exotic places" comment in speech marks
> because that is the perception of many - that travel is a perk. And
> some take time before or after meetings to take advantage of the venue
> wherever it is. This could be considered a reward. I have done the
> same with colleagues myself thanks to ICANN. But for me the real bonus
> of attending an ICANN meeting has been the chance to spend any
> down-time with colleagues who have now become friends, wherever the
> meeting takes place.
> It has already been hinted that the pandemic has changed the way ICANN
> meetings will look in the future. How do we see it will be?
> On Fri, 18 Sep 2020, 8:01 am Alan Greenberg, <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
> <mailto:alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>> wrote:
> Maureen, please do not say things like "But what replaces our more
> accustomed reward for effort - of attending an ICANN meeting in some
> exotic place around the world?"!!
> I am sure that for some, it is quite true that they volunteer for the
> travel rewards, but it is NOT the case for many, and it reflects SO
> BADLY on us.
> I have been to MANY exotic places on ICANN's dime. only rarely have I
> taken the time to experience them. And I have been to MANY places
> that I had no interest in visiting. If every ICANN meeting were held
> at a Los Angeles airport hotel, my attendance would not be different,
> and I suspect that is the same for you.
> So let's not encourage the concept that we consider travel a reward.
> At 2020-09-17 09:02 PM, Maureen Hilyard wrote:
> >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.
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> > name="At Large Meeting Workload Survey results Aug
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