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    Roles versus people
    by KarlAuerbach on Saturday February 22 2003, @02:09PM (#11217)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    One of the aspects of ICANN that has been visible to me as a board member and that has, unfortunately, been invisible to the public is the sense of the individual board members as people of quality.

    For the most part, the ICANN directors are inteligent, concerned, and motivated people. None of them got where they are in life without a goodly deal of ability to think and to act.

    One of the sad stories of ICANN is that the qualities of the individuals who compromise the board have been submerged into ICANN's collective entity and have been colored by an institutional "it's either us or them" siege mentality.

    Amadeau's message - which I read to be that ICANN needs a change in people in order to break the institutional inertia that has caused ICANN's collective corporate personality - strikes me as one that is very perceptive and very important.

    But a change of people on the board of directors, while necessary, isn't sufficient. Much of ICANN's institutional personality is carried in the momentum of its "staff". If there is value in changing the faces on the board, there is even more value in changing the faces on the "staff", particularly at the upper layers. Merely changing the president is not sufficient.

    In addition, much of ICANN's hostility to the public has been fueled by certain of ICANN's contractors - such as, but not limited to, its law firm. If there is to be a change in ICANN, ICANN needs to obtain services from providers who are more interested in ICANN and ICANN's obligations to the public benefit than in invoices and being wannabe Iagos. [field-of-themes.com]
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    Re:Roles versus people
    by vbertola on Sunday February 23 2003, @12:31AM (#11219)
    User #3435 Info | http://bertola.eu.org/
    I think that this is the real challenge that ICANN needs to win now: there needs to be a change in people and a change in the attitude that they collectively use in relationships towards the rest of the Internet. Yes, process is important, checks and balances too, but more fundamentally any venture is made by people, and it is the quality, skill and attitude of those people that determine its outcome.
    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)
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    Perceptivity and Truth
    by WIPOorgUK on Sunday February 23 2003, @07:07AM (#11224)
    User #3146 Info | http://wipo.org.uk/

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