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

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Wed Jan 1 17:52:26 UTC 2014

Like Jean-Jacques, I feel I would be remiss in merely answering with a +1
to all that has been said.

Being Vice-Chair for the last little while, I have had the opportunity to
watch Olivier at work close up. The the accolades I have read here are well
deserved; improvements in both the breadth and quality of our collective
work can be directly traced to Oliver's leadership, energy and social

I look forward to a new year that builds on this positive momentum even
further, thanks to the many friends and colleagues I have found within
ICANN At-Large. You have all been a blessing.
On Dec 31, 2013 1:15 PM, "Maureen Hilyard" <hilyard at oyster.net.ck> wrote:

> 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
> II.
> Maureen
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> Samuels
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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
> wellbeing.
> Take a bow.
> -Carlton
> ==============================
> 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
> > (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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