[NA-Discuss] [APAC-Discuss] [lac-discuss-en] Happy Holidays and Thank You!

Maureen Hilyard hilyard at oyster.net.ck
Tue Dec 31 02:00:29 UTC 2013

I support everything that has been said about Olivier's exemplary leadership
within the ALAC and At Large communities. Looking forward to 2014 and ATLAS


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Subject: Re: [APAC-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

Take a bow.


Carlton A Samuels
Mobile: 876-818-1799
*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
> 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 
> 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
> 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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