[At-Large] pitch to the board re: MS model
mmoll at ca.inter.net
Tue Nov 5 13:09:58 UTC 2019
Thanks Alfredo. That's a really interesting idea. We must stop talking
about increased participation as a theory and continue to bring new and
practical ideas like this forward.
On 11/5/2019 7:33 AM, Alfredo Calderon wrote:
> Hi Marita
> As I mentioned in a previous Public Forum to the Board it would be
> great to create an “Internship Program” where after due diligence
> graduate students or even post-doc students (I believe LACRALO at the
> House of Internet has an initiative) could get engaged. The funds
> invested would be less and individuals with fresh new ideas would get
> On the other had, most young individuals willing to be engaged have a
> full-time job and if his/her employer is not linked to the ICANN or
> Internet Governance environment would not comprehend why a none
> related professional would want to get involved in ICANN. Thus, the
> retired and in some cases ‘freelancers’ are the ones more engaged and
> volunteering to the cause if ICANN’s remit.
> Distance participation is encouraged but to increase motivated
> individuals in most cases a face-to-face immersion process is needed.
> If we tie this with requirement that some Working groups do business
> in English without interpretation, we are not encouraging non-English
> proficient individuals to engage.
> Coming from a bilingual community and using technology tools, how
> about having some portable device to translate on the spot oral
> conversations. Encourage the use on tools that translate with a
> reasonable speed audio conversations.
> Sorry, just giving some thoughts that might start a more detailed
> Alfredo Calderon
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>> On Nov 4, 2019, at 9:25 PM, Marita Moll <mmoll at ca.inter.net> wrote:
>> That's right Carlton. It will always be an uphill battle -- but they
>> could lighten the load a bit. If anyone reading this has a good
>> example of a project with potential to bring in new members but which
>> would probably not find a place in the current ICANN funding boxes,
>> please send them over. I have a couple, but could use something
>> non-North America based.
>> On 11/4/2019 3:34 PM, Carlton Samuels wrote:
>>> Well worthy of our collective consideration!
>>> Because as it now happens, what we built is only narrowing the base
>>> from where we expect to recruit.
>>> We know well the challenges we face. Finding volunteers to do the
>>> policy work at the level we would find competitive to other
>>> well-resourced parts of the community is like looking for the goose
>>> that lays the golden egg on a needle in a haystack.
>>> We have to cast far and wide. And for every thousand we reach if
>>> we're really lucky and all the stars align we will harvest what,
>>> maybe three!
>>> And, if we harvest three, I'm prepared to declare victory and go home.
>>> On Mon, 4 Nov 2019, 2:23 pm Marita Moll, <mmoll at ca.inter.net
>>> <mailto:mmoll at ca.inter.net>> wrote:
>>> My thoughts about our pitch to the board later on this week re:
>>> the evolution of the MS model. We can only expect to have 15 min
>>> on this so am keeping it fairly narrowly focussed:
>>> Our focus would be on improving our ability to grow the MS
>>> volunteer community, increasing diversity, increasing
>>> participation. The goal has to be to build a system that can
>>> attract and retain volunteers in multiple locations and local
>>> contexts who can engage at multiple levels. There is no one size
>>> that fits all. In this challenge, the community must lead. That
>>> is where the expertise is, that's where the local knowledge is
>>> and where the solutions will come from. We need to innovate,
>>> take some risks and think outside of the box.
>>> Good theory, but in reality, there are lots of hurdles -- it is
>>> not so easy to get adequate funds moving in the direction of
>>> innovative community outreach programs. --- offer a couple of
>>> real examples.
>>> *The ask: In the interests of bringing more people into our
>>> communities to deal with the ever increasing workload, will the
>>> Board formally recognize and encourage efforts to innovate in
>>> this challenge of growing our community -- by lowering some of
>>> the barriers.*
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