[NA-Discuss] Without Further Adieu

Loris Taylor loristaylor1 at icloud.com
Fri Apr 10 13:34:57 UTC 2015

Congratulations on your new and important position Evan.  

I support your recommendations regarding Glenn McKnight and Alan Greenberg.  We will miss you.

Best Regards, 

Loris Taylor | President & CEO | Native Public Media |  PO Box 3955, Flagstaff, AZ | 86003 | loristaylor1 at icloud.com
Co-Chair, NCAI Technology and Telecommunications Subcommittee

> On Apr 10, 2015, at 6:08 AM, Jean Polly <mom at netmom.com> wrote:
> Dear Evan, your new job sounds awesome, and as you know, Geneva is a lovely place to be, I wish you well.
> Your suggestions re reorganizational roles seem like good ideas.
> Jean Armour Polly
> 4146 Barker Hill Rd.
> Jamesville, NY 13078
> 1 315 5692379
> netmom at gmail.com or mom at netmom.com  
> http://www.netmom.com/
> On Apr 10, 2015, at 12:40 AM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
>> Hello fellow NARALOers,
>> As some of you may have seen by now from my social media messages and a
>> post in the ALAC Skype chat, I have taken on a major career change. I am
>> moving to Geneva and will be supervising a network of technology centres
>> around the world for the United Nations High Commission
>> ​er​
>> for Refugees.
>> It's a fantastic opportunity that gives me the opportunity to help repair
>> lives and give new skills. It's also much further away from Internet
>> Governance than what I have been doing
>> ​of late​
>> , and the nature of the work will make it increasing difficult for me to
>> attend to the normal duties of At-Large leadership.
>> As it turns out, the timing of this has worked well since Garth Bruen is
>> returning from his leave of absence this Monday. And because of the ARIN
>> meeting this weekend (which I am attending thanks to the CROPP program) I
>> may not even be able to
>> ​fully ​
>> attend the entire NARALO call on Monday.
>> As a result, I am tendering my resignation as NARALO Secretariat, effective
>> immediately. With Garth back and Judith already in place as Interim
>> Secretariat while I have filled in for Garth, I know that things are being
>> left in good hands. I have already indicated to Constituency Travel that I
>> will not be attending the Buenos Aires meeting.
>> ​...​
>> Now, as I move on I would like to address the selection of new leadership
>> positions for the North American Region that will be opening very shortly.
>> Specifically, I would like to recommend to the region some changes in
>> advance of the coming selection process. I am proposing -- with their
>> awareness and consent -- that:
>>  - Glenn leave his ALAC position and become a candidate for Chair of
>>  - Alan leave his Nominating Committee appointment on ALAC and be
>>  selected by NARALO to take over the remainder of Glenn's term on ALAC
>> My rationale for this unusual
>> ​ ​
>> request is as follows. In what I have seen of Glenn's capabilities within
>> At-Large I believe that his talents -- which are extensive in the realms of
>> outreach, inclusivity, an increasing community involvement -- are best
>> focused by leading NARALO than from within ALAC. In the case of Alan, as
>> you know he is Chair of ALAC, and he is phenomenal at the task. However, it
>> is highly unlikely that the NomCom would choose him for a second straight
>> ALAC term
>> ​; so ​
>> I am concerned ab
>> ​out​
>> Alan's ability to be ALAC Chair for
>> ​multiple​
>> term
>> ​s, which is hindered​
>> by following the NomCom path.
>> The ALAC has benefited greatly from previous Chairs who have been able to
>> serve multiple terms and then also stay on long enough to mentor their
>> successor. I would like to give Alan the best possible opportunity to do
>> this.
>> So it is the combination of these two points -- NARALO's need for Glenn,
>> and the ALAC's need for stability and continuity through Alan -- that has
>> led me to suggest the above two changes, in addition to the various
>> placements that need to be addressed in the coming weeks.
>> It is my understanding that both Glenn and Alan are comfortable with the
>> above proposal, and that Garth has indicated that he does not intend to
>> stand again for Chair. So I ask for your support of them in advancing these
>> changes, to supplement the regular leadership selection process that is to
>> come. When the appropriate time comes I will be happy to make the
>> appropriate formal nominations.
>> ​...
>> So it's à bientôt, but not au revoir. I'll still be involved in some
>> working groups, seeing through things I started, but not as Chair. I will
>> continue to represent my ALS -- which recently was rechartered under
>> Canada's new non-for-profit laws -- in calls, Skype and email to the extent
>> I am able. So you're not wholly rid of me.
>> Still, it's been a helluva run. ​
>>>> Thank you
>> ​ for the opportunity to serve.​
>> -- 
>> Evan Leibovitch
>> Toronto Canada
>> ​ (until the end of the month)​
>> Em: evan at telly dot org
>> Sk: evanleibovitch
>> Tw: el56
>> ​PS: If you'd like to keep a conversation about how to use the Internet to
>> help refugees retrain, regroup and recover their lives, please stay in
>> touch. That's my life right now.​
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