[At-Large] Coping with active participation in At-Large during COVID-19

Remmy Nweke remmyn at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 21:20:18 UTC 2020

Thanks Maureen,
This is very thoughtful both of ICANN, ALAC and Leon.

For me, the best possible way to encourage participation should have been:

1. To have data palliative, but it looks cumbersome from ICANN end down to
the local service providers.

2. An alternative is to have an aggregated sum approved for e.g. 4 months =
USD600; to be given to participants to cushion their data effect paid
directly to them (both mobile device and laptop). Thereby easing off at
ICANN end and also encouraging participant to optimise the resource to
their most essential needs including more data, because some may have
purchased data ahead, say two months in a row.

I hope this helps.
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On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 8:59 PM Maureen Hilyard <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com>

> Dear At-Large Community
> In all our recent ICANN meetings, the Board and the senior staff have been
> very mindful of the difficulties that are being experienced by the
> volunteer community of At-Large during this pandemic and its impact on
> their ability to participate as regularly as they used to.
> During his intervention in the ALAC meeting on  28 April, the At-Large
> appointed Board member, Leon Sanchez, raised his ongoing concerns and asked
> the 70+ participants at the meeting how ICANN might be able to help
> volunteers to continue with their active involvement in the work of
> At-Large and contributing to the bigger picture work of ICANN.
> Because he has requested practical and constructive suggestions about how
> ICANN may be able to assist, I am putting this message out to those who
> also already attend online meetings and actively participate and engage,
> even under really trying personal circumstances. I am willing to pass on
> your suggestions to Leon, who will in turn take these to the Board for
> their consideration.
> *Please respond only to this thread* before 7 May, so that the full
> account can be passed on to Leon.  I look forward to your thoughtful
> contributions to this matter.
> Regards
> Maureen
> ALAC Chair
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