[At-Large] ATLASIII Participation

John Laprise jlaprise at gmail.com
Tue Jul 9 21:30:00 UTC 2019

People who choose to take offense at accountability and responsibility
(even as a volunteer), choose to be offended.

Please note that I believe that while I may have initially referenced
travel funding, I meant to include all funding and ineligibility for
elected positions to be fair. If we cannot rely on a volunteer on a single
dedicated occasion, it is foolish to rely on such an individual in other
circumstances, volunteer or not.

We disagree.

On Tue, Jul 9, 2019, 4:15 PM Carlton Samuels <carlton.samuels at gmail.com>

> Dear John:
> I know you mean well.  But I must register my profound and utter
> disagreement with you here.  And, on principle.
> At-Large representatives are volunteers.  Largely.
> I am seethe at this indignity that a measure of my voluntarism connects to
> me flying somewhere to volunteer my time, my energy, my intellectual
> capital and yes, my labour, all as public goods.
> I would not wish to be so judged.  And what is proposed is nothing but an
> episode of the slave's torment; doing what he thinks would appease his
> master by providing the hog grease for the leather whip that stipes his own
> back.
> I came to this opposition from bitter experience. It started when I was
> the only elected LACRALO official. And in a period when travel was dangled
> as a benefit to volunteers. I couldn't give a tinker's damn since by that
> time I had already racked up 2 million plus airmiles. And traveling
> steerage class is not my idea of a fun time.
> In that period of time, LACRALO arguably provided the most egregious
> examples of the ICANN tourist traveler. And I suffered the slings of my
> northern metropolitan colleagues for vehemently opposing sanctions on the
> then LACRALO ALAC representatives. [I am ever grateful to Evan for
> supporting me on principle!] My argument was those persons behaved badly as
> individuals. I told them so. One has hated me to this day. But inspite of
> him, I adamantly refused to support travel sanctions against them. That
> action reinforces that rather louche idea that travel is a benefit rather
> than the tool that it is to get a job done. And to hypothecate the tool as
> security for work to be done seems immoral to me.
> Value is assigned my time and intellectual capital by others; I sell them
> for fee. I got home less than 2 hours ago from Suriname.  Most in this
> thread would likely not even know where that is. it is a hump to get to.
> And, somebody paid me for that.
> As a volunteer, my time, intellectual capital and my own coin have been
> placed in trust and in the service of the At-Large. An airplane ticket in
> steerage does not begin to compensate me as volunteer. It is no benefit to
> me or for me.  It is rude and crude to suggest, must less legislate, that
> it is.
> My position has not changed in these many years because the same response
> offends reason and conscience. It is for the At-Large constituents to pick
> representatives. And this seemingly Pavlovian response proffered is and
> remains a bad policy idea. It is inimical to the spirit of volutarism -
> real voluntarism! - that premises the At-Large engagement.
> Best,
> -Carlton
> ==============================
> *Carlton A Samuels*
> *Mobile: 876-818-1799Strategy, Process, Governance, Assessment &
> Turnaround*
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> On Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 9:16 AM John Laprise <jlaprise at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I would like us all to consider consequences for ATLASIII participants
>> who travel but do not participate (excepting reasons of illness etc). This
>> is a serious, professional responsibility and should be treated as such.
>> For a start, I would suggest that participants who fail to participate
>> should be ineligible for funding and elections for 3 years.
>> I look forward to conversation on this topic leading to action by the
>> ALAC.
>> Sent from my Pixel 3XL
>> John Laprise, Ph.D.
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