[NA-Discuss] [APAC-Discuss] RE : Re: [EURO-Discuss] [lac-discuss-en] Happy Holidays and Thank You!

Holly Raiche h.raiche at internode.on.net
Mon Dec 30 21:47:39 UTC 2013

I too won't do a plus one - I think we all very much appreciate Olivier's  calm patience and leadership that may not always be earned or deserved.  With that, peace, and a Happy New Year to one and all

On 31/12/2013, at 6:57 AM, jjs wrote:

> Hear, hear ye all, the praise Carlton has sung, and which Olivier so justly deserves.
> And instead of just typing "+1", I will add that it takes confidence, fairness and humour to weather the storm of activity in the ALAC and At-Large: this too you have demonstrated, Olivier. Thank you.
> I wish you all peace, good health and success in 2014!
> Jean-Jacques.
> -------- Message d'origine --------
> De : Carlton Samuels <carlton.samuels at gmail.com> 
> Date : 30/12/2013  19:49  (GMT+01:00) 
> A : Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com> 
> Cc : lac-discuss-en at atlarge-lists.icann.org,euro-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org,ICANN At-Large Staff <staff at atlarge.icann.org>,afri-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org,alac-announce at atlarge-lists.icann.org,apac-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org,na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org 
> Objet : Re: [EURO-Discuss] [lac-discuss-en] Happy Holidays and Thank You! 
> Dear Olivier:
> It must also be said that the notice now being received by the At-Large in
> ICANN affairs is decidedly also a testament to the leadership of the ALAC.
> I for one would wish to record my own sense of the outstanding role you
> play in this development as Chair - lead diplomat and delegate in chief to
> other areas of ICANN. Yours has been an arduous task, one that you have
> accepted and worked with a diligence that makes some of us concerned for
> your wellbeing.
> Take a bow.
> -Carlton
> ==============================
> Carlton A Samuels
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> *Strategy, Planning, Governance, Assessment & Turnaround*
> =============================
> On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>wrote:
>> Dear members, staff, and friends,
>> as we near the end of the calendar year, the traditional holiday season
>> allows us to take a week where we can reflect on this year's past
>> challenges and the ones we have ahead of us.
>> Looking back at the year, I am really delighted with the advances this
>> community has made. We now have active working groups with a very
>> diverse membership. Some people take part in one or two working groups,
>> or take part in regional activities, and they bring in the valuable
>> diversity of input that is needed in a geographically balanced,
>> bottom-up multi-stakeholder system. Others promote this community by
>> performing outreach in fora outside of ICANN. Others work behind the
>> scenes designing courses and capacity building for newcomers and for
>> those members who are not yet taking an active part in this community.
>> Some are very active in enhancing their RALO's capability at helping
>> their members with understanding and taking part in ICANN processes.
>> Some people are active in GNSO working groups. I could go on for a long
>> time to explain all of the activities of this community. As ALAC Chair,
>> I try to keep aware of all of the work that our members do for this
>> community, but occasionally I am surprised by people who are taking part
>> in an ICANN process but have not directly "advertised it" - such is the
>> humbleness of some people in our community.
>> When interacting with the Board and in other fora, I often receive
>> congratulations from people who tell me that they are so pleased that
>> At-Large has matured over the years. They are so pleased with the
>> quality of the Statements that we draft and send to them. I tell them
>> that this would not be possible without the great Team that I have on
>> the ALAC and in the RALOs. So I wanted to thank you for the work you are
>> doing as volunteers. It is truly inspirational to a lot of people in ICANN.
>> Next year is about to arrive and there are a lot more challenges coming
>> up. Our work in Policy Development will continue to grow as we now need
>> to expand our competencies beyond commenting on ICANN processes but also
>> in Internet Governance as a whole and the defense of the
>> multi-stakeholder model as practised in ICANN. I have concerns that a
>> few people have done the majority of the work in "holding the pen" when
>> drafting Statements - so I look forward to new volunteers adding to the
>> list of writers. Remember, you could co-draft Statements and you do not
>> need to be an ALAC member to be a pen-holder. Policy work is very
>> important to improve ICANN as a whole and I am thankful that many in our
>> community care enough to take the time to propose constructive comments
>> to improve ICANN's processes.
>> On Organisation building, there is a lot of ongoing work in Capacity
>> Building. This is an integral part of building our community. Outreach
>> brings more people and organisations in At-Large to share the workload
>> among more people and to reach more parts of the world and more diverse
>> communities. In-reach makes sure that our At-Large Structures are more
>> actively involved. However, after three years as ALAC Chair, I am still
>> not satisfied that we have done enough to help engage our At-Large
>> Structures.
>> Thankfully this year we will have the second ever At-Large Summit (ATLAS
>> II) which will take place in London in June 2014. This is an opportunity
>> for every At-Large Structure named delegate to experience an ICANN
>> meeting but also to learn about the bottom-up multi-stakeholder process
>> of governance. It is the opportunity for participants to meet face to
>> face and discuss the challenges facing ICANN and this community. The
>> Summit is being entirely prepared by At-Large Structures, for At-Large
>> Structures. It is vital that our Capacity building programs continue to
>> expand since without knowledge, it would be impossible for At-Large
>> Structure representatives to engage more in policy work. Capacity
>> building is the first step to involvement of Internet end users at all
>> levels of policy - please make sure you make use of the ATLAS II
>> opportunity to enhance your knowledge!
>> With efforts on the way to make ICANN more accountable after the end of
>> the second round of Accountability & Transparency Review (ATRT 2), it is
>> also important to recognise that our community is taking steps to make
>> the ALAC and At-Large more accountable. Whilst I am delighted to see a
>> significant number of organizations having signed up as At-Large
>> Structures, it is equally as important for our RALOs to check on the
>> existence of their members and to report back to the ALAC if an
>> organisation's status has changed. Equally, ALAC members, selected by
>> their RALOs and by the Nominating Committee, should be effective in
>> their position. Non participation is to let down the community that has
>> chosen them to assume this position and puts an unfair workload on other
>> ALAC representatives from the region. As ALAC Chair, I am therefore
>> delighted to see that our community is looking at Metrics to more easily
>> identify matters which need to be improved. These are all small but
>> significant steps to make our community more effective and more
>> answerable to Internet end users and to therefore continue to improve
>> its legitimacy when bringing input into the ICANN processes.
>> Our bottom-up multi-stakeholder model is not perfect and still needs
>> much improvement but it is a work in progress! I am proud to be able to
>> work with you all in what I consider to be a cutting-edge experiment in
>> bottom-up governance. I am proud that so many of us are actively trying
>> to make the model work, to find its limits and shortfalls, but also to
>> find its force and its opportunities. Some days, the model works beyond
>> my expectations - what a great surprise! Some days it fails miserably
>> and we are then able to learn from our mistakes. You are pioneers and
>> just being able to work with all of you has been an immensely rich
>> experience. It is so unique, I don't believe there is any other process
>> like it out there.
>> And for this, I thank you all, volunteers and staff, and I send you my
>> Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and for the New Year 2014. Prepare
>> for an exciting year. Prepare for a lot of work. Prepare for a lot of
>> rewards. Expect the unexpected, but never give up.
>> Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond
>> ALAC Chair
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