[At-Large] Fwd: MSI Panel: A Call to Action

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Tue Dec 3 16:33:12 UTC 2013

I truly fear overload for our volunteer community. And with it, our absence
from the field. Patrik [Faltstrom] has raised questions whose answers would
be key towards a general improvement of our understanding of the
process.....and likely impact of community involvement.

All this aside, I urge all of you to take a look here.  Some folks manage
by numbers. And when we look at the policy-making structures and their
operations, the South - meaning Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean -
are barely noticeable.

Yes, there are institutional barriers.  But we cannot let those dissuade
our engagement.  Else we run the risk of being 're-designed' out of the
structures..and further marginalised.


Carlton A Samuels
Mobile: 876-818-1799
*Strategy, Planning, Governance, Assessment & Turnaround*

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From: David Olive <david.olive at icann.org>
Date: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM
Subject: [Soac-infoalert] MSI Panel: A Call to Action
To: "soac-infoalert at icann.org" <soac-infoalert at icann.org>
Cc: Antony Declercq <antony.declercq at icann.org>

    Designing a 21st Century ICANNHello!

The ICANN Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder
MSI Panel) and The Governance Lab @ NYU <http://thegovlab.org/> (The
GovLab) recently launched an online engagement effort aimed at helping to
design a 21st century Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) – the public interest organization responsible for coordinating the
Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).

We are writing to request your participation in this important initiative
and to help us spread the word!

The MSI Panel has been charged with:

   - Proposing new models for international engagement, consensus-driven
   policymaking and institutional structures to support such enhanced
   functions; and
   - Designing processes, tools and platforms that enable the global ICANN
   community to engage in these new forms of participatory decision-making.

The Panel is a small group of seven with no monopoly on the best ideas for
what ICANN should or should not do to coordinate the DNS in the public
interest. All suggestions to make ICANN more effective and more democratic
– whether constitutional, structural, legal, procedural or technological –
will be welcome.

While we cannot decide for ICANN, the aim of the MSI Panel is to use its
authority to push for real change. Thus, we want ideas that are concrete
and specific for innovative processes, structures, platforms, and
techniques to design a 21st century ICANN.

To gather and organize your input – we’re launching this campaign in three

*Stage 1: Idea Generation* – Starting November 19th and running for six
weeks via an ideation platform, *Ideascale.* You can access our MSI Panel
community page here <http://bit.ly/1dS9sLp>. On the page, you can submit
any and all concrete ideas you have. You can rate and rank others’ for
importance and practicality. *November 19 - December 31*.

*Stage 2: Proposal Development* – Submissions will be grouped into general
proposals and opened to discussion using a blog with line-by-line
annotation features. This phase will be designed to take ideas closer to
implementation. *January 14 - January 21.*

*Stage 3: Collaborative Drafting* – Using a wiki, we will invite
collaborative drafting on specific proposals that the Panel will submit to
the ICANN CEO, Board and community. *January 28 - February 11.*

To help us spread the word, we ask you to do any of the following:

   - Submit ideas and encourage members of your network/community to
   contribute to the Ideascale community site by providing them with the link:
   *http://thegovlab.ideascale.com/* <http://thegovlab.ideascale.com/>.
   - Broadcast our “Call To Action,” for this initiative, which is online
   *here* <http://bit.ly/HWNxrW>, as widely as possible within your
   networks. Feel free to link to this post or repost on your website edited
   to fit your needs.
   - Share this information within your community and network via mailing
   lists and listservs.
   - Use social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter to spread the
   word about the campaign. Don’t forget to use the hashtag* #WeCANN*.
   - To inspire participation and learn how to contribute, watch and share
   a *video* <http://bit.ly/185t28Q> The GovLab has made for the launch of
   this distributed brainstorm.
   - Host your own brainstorming forum and share ideas generated with the
   MSI Panel on our Ideascale community page.

For more information, visit The GovLab at

Thanks and best,
*The MSI Panel & The GovLab*

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