[At-Large]  TR: ANNOUNCEMENT : Results from Round 2 voting for At-Large selected Board Member for seat #15 of ICANN Board
avri at acm.org
Wed Dec 1 21:40:56 UTC 2010
Maybe you should setup a seminar, perhaps an online seminar for Board newbies.
ICANN Board Legal Seminar 101x
- Everything you need to know, that the ICANN Legal counsel might not tell you.
or maybe it could be an online course.
On 1 Dec 2010, at 16:10, Karl Auerbach wrote:
> On 12/01/2010 12:31 PM, Avri Doria wrote:
>> Additionally, I have spoken to various Board members who sit and
>> observe working groups. Almost to a man, I think it was all men,
>> they indicate that while they can watch, they do not feel they can
>> speak, except perhaps to ask a question, and even that is rare
> When I was on the board I used to get the evil eye from the board's
> chairman when I would ask questions. He tolerated it - what else could
> he do - but few others were willing to risk a disfavoring look from the
> chair. Given that meetings are tightly scheduled it takes a bit of
> chutzpah to stand one's ground and ask questions while the clock ticks away.
> A board member's duty is to make decisions (including the decision not
> to cast a vote) that are the result a logical process that is both
> informed of the fact and independent of what others may chose to do.
> Given the ambiguities of language, not to mention the complexity of
> issues, I do not see how any board member can fulfill that duty without
> asking questions - lots and lots of questions.
> Questions don't always end in a question mark - I found that giving an
> opinion of my own is often a better way to elicit a reasoned response
> than was asking a question: people often tend to be more articulate and
> comprehensive when they sense that they are defending something.
> There are other things a board member ought to know, but that ICANN is
> unlikely to tell 'em - for instance, a board member *may* chose to rely
> on corporate counsel but the board member is not required to do so,
> particularly as corporate counsel is counsel for the corporation - and
> owes his/her duty to the corporation - and not counsel for the board or
> the individual board members.
> Remember, a board member has the legal right - a right that I went to
> court to prove to ICANN - to inquire into any and all parts of the
> corporate activities.
> I also suggest that board members become familiar with the US law about
> "intermediate sanctions".
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