[At-Large] [ALAC] Idea for an alternative to the EMM proposed in the At-Large Review

Vanda Scartezini vanda at scartezini.org
Wed Feb 15 13:58:00 UTC 2017

Agree with the problem- be part of an ALS normally demands engagement in its work locally. So I am in favor to have individuals as members – even in LACRALO we do not have this possibility. May become a good change.
What I am not in favor is to have individuals disconnected from the Ralos. Ralos will have no clear meaning to grow with individuals running in parallel , working whatever they want to with not alignment with related Ralo. 
Individuals can also join another groups under ICANN struture but will be hard to have their work adding value to a particular region if disconnected from the formal structure. Having a parallel structure to RALOs do not add efficiency to budget and local interest either. Just add another group to dispute both.

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On 2/15/17, 8:49 AM, "at-large-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org on behalf of Winthrop Yu" <at-large-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org on behalf of w.yu at gmx.net> wrote:

       Just some thoughts ...
    > Dev:
    >     - The motivation for ALSes to market to individuals in their country to
    >     join At-Large is not there as organisations would seek to have persons
    >     join and assist their organisation first than be involved ICANN At-Large.
       Not necessarily. Instead at ISOC-PH it's the willing and able *individuals* 
    who decide which issues to focus on, gather like-minded members and get help 
    from the chapter/ALS' other members who may not wish to be as deeply or 
    continuously engaged on a particular issue.
       I expect that for each ALS there are Internet issues that are top-of-mind 
    in-country, for example - i.a. online freedom and net neutrality. Clearly one 
    problem would be how to raise awareness about ICANN such that ICANN's issues 
    rise on those local top-of-mind rankings. The challenge here is that ICANN 
    issues are (understandably) ICANN-centric and often seem far-removed from the 
    more urgent issues that concern local Netizens. Thus, as we as a chapter/ALS 
    cannot dictate which issues to focus on, then active individuals will naturally 
    gravitate towards and engage in those specific issues which seem most important 
    to them and where they feel they can best contribute.
       That being said, it does help when an ICANN rep (like the one who flew in 
    last year 2016) has a chance to sit down, chat and get to know at least the 
    chapter/ALS officers. This is certainly appreciated and we hope to see her again 
    this year. It is hardly helpful if an ICANN rep (like the one who flew-in in 
    2015 and 2014) immediately flys-out again after delivering his presentation, or 
    (as in early 2014) when senior ICANN officers fly-in at the behest of in-country 
    VIPs but without any contact or engagement with the local ALS. This simply 
    exacerbates the impression that ICANN's concerns are far removed from those of 
    the ALS and local Netizens.
       Thus i would tend to agree with Maureen ...
    > Maureen:
    > YET... despite the argument I provide above, my personal preference is still
    > the current ALS system but working more towards encouraging more individual
    > members to become more active within their ALS at a local level, and
    > providing evidence of their contribution towards end-user participation into
    > At-Large policy discussions.
       With the additional proviso that it's not just about getting more members to 
    become active, but also that ICANN / At-Large issues should be more relevant to 
    the local context, so that members who are inclined to be active will be 
    encouraged to engage on those (ICANN) issues.
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