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Re: [atlarge-discuss] Re: [atlarge-panel] Resignation

Richard and all,

  Is it any wonder why Michael has resigned?  It isn't to me.

  It has been long past time for the membership to vote on either
a new panel with outlined specific tasks to complete and the
where with all to complete them, or for the members to vote
on issues themselves and get the work done for this organization.
Just that simple!

Richard Henderson wrote:

> I have written to Michael personally, and I hope he will continue to use his
> insights in the furtherance of the At Large cause and User representation.
> This resignation brings to a head the need to place decision-making
> authority back in the hands of our whole membership. I'm inviting Joop
> Teernstra to set The Polling Booth in action as soon as possible, to enable
> ordinary members to set their own questions to our community, vote on those
> questions, and help define and determine the future direction of our
> organisation.
> Only when we know what individual members actually want from this group can
> we press forward and authorise a mission statement and a set of policy
> goals/ actions.
> It is absolutely clear to me that this panel (including me) has failed to
> move our agenda on, grinding to inertia over the uncertainties of who we are
> and what we actually want. It seems clear to me that the panel cannot now
> claim credibility, when so many of the original elected representatives have
> resigned, and others just "turn off the radio" and stop communicating or
> even voting.
> I think we have two choices with regard to the Panel :
> 1. We soldier on, and try to replace the resigned members with "the people
> who came next" in the election, which is the process that should be
> followed, according to the election rules.
> 2. We agree to resign and call for new elections, to introduce a fresh
> intake of panellists, who will hopefully participate more regularly than
> parts of this panel have.
> At the present time, none of these is as important to me, as going back to
> the membership and creating a democratic mechanism for real participation. I
> believe that the Polling Booth will help ordinary individual members to ask
> questions (phrased as they themselves wish), and will enable them to vote on
> these questions, which will help us to define the wishes and direction of
> this organisation in a truly democratic manner.
> I also feel it is time to ask the membership themselves whether they want
> this Panel to continue, or whether they want fresh elections. This could be
> one of the first questions in the Polling Booth.
> As a "bottom up" organisation calling for representation and democracy in
> ICANN, we should be creating protocols and using technology, that empowers
> the whole membership to determine the direction of *THEIR* org.
> With the abdication of so many originally elected panel members... Vivek
> Durai, Michael Geist, Joanna Lane, Judith Oppenheimer, and an enigmatic
> silence from Satyajit, not to mention the failure of two other panelists to
> vote... I turn to the membership to reclaim their organisation, and I will
> endorse the
> use of the full membership e-mail list to contact all members and enlist
> them in the Polling Booth for some democratic decision making.
> I doubt if the Panel at present can even raise a quorum to vote for its own
> termination.
> It's time for the membership to do the voting instead.
> Democracy is its authority.
> Richard H
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Michael Geist <mgeist@netcom.ca>
> To: <atlarge-panel@lists.fitug.de>
> Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2003 2:21 PM
> Subject: [atlarge-panel] Resignation
> > Panelists and members,
> >
> > I hereby tender my resignation from the panel.
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