[NA-Discuss] Regarding Monday's NARALO meeting

Beau Brendler beaubrendler at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 14 20:25:21 UTC 2011

why don't you say that on the call...I will support it

also, every non-profit org has to have a strategic plan and mission statement it trots around, ICANN is no different, but if you spoke directly to the issue of Gareth's wasted time participating last go-round, it might register on the I-meter...I'd do it but am not particularly aware of the specifics of what he was asked to do. Or maybe Gareth wants to. If these folks are going around with their strategic plan slide deck then they should hear that the last time this region was asked to get involved in this it was a giant black hole...

-----Original Message-----
>From: Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org>
>Sent: Oct 14, 2011 2:43 PM
>To: NA Discuss <na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
>Subject: [NA-Discuss] Regarding Monday's NARALO meeting
>To me the ICANN Strategic Plan is a massive waste of time and energy, not
>just on the part of At-Large but of all of ICANN. In fact, at this critical
>time (i.e., US Government contracts up for renewal, changes at both CEO and
>Board Chair, and increasing pressure from governments to scrap the whole
>experiment), such an energy consuming exercise in "navel-gazing" simply
>calls public attention to the extent of which ICANN is out of touch with the
>community it is supposed to serve. I truly believe that the abandonment of
>this charade of creating laminated motherhood statements and diversion of
>energies to matters more pressing is urgently called upon.
>It doesn't help that, in all the time I have been involved with ICANN (which
>is longer than some but MUCH shorter than many) ICANN has never lived up to
>the aspirational plan, allowing staff rather than the community to really
>determine priorities regardlss of what the nice words say. We have witnessed
>this first hand, as most of last year's work within NARALO and led by Gareth
>on the last Strategic Plan input was merely shunted aside -- and now we're
>being asked to start all over again with no greater likelihood of success.
>Compounding the farce is the charging of this same staff with evaluating its
>own success.
>So, while I intend to participate in the call, I will probably sit out the
>part on the strategic plan, and read a book or do something else that is
>actually useful.
>- Evan
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