[IRP] RESPONSE REQUIRED: Revising the Charter
Sat Oct 16 00:52:56 EEST 2010
Le 15 oct. 10 ? 20:39, shaila mistry a ?crit :
> Hi Lisa
> Just to clarify with reference "to what was agreed in Vilnius" In
> fact what transpired was a small meeting out of which we lost many
> members who left to attend the opening ceremony. In the end were
> only a handful remaining, I too was going to leave. Only a couple
> of people were of the view that we should proceed with the charter
> as it stands. There was no agreement reached in any direction. This
> needs to be known by other IRP members and others on this list.
I'm happy to leave it to Lisa answering this one, in her capacity of
IRP coordinator and in case she feels it needed to answer: notes from
both the IRP business meeting and charter launch meeting have been
posted to this list a while ago.
In any case, there is the current call to all IRP members on this
list to indicate their views. We'll see, unless one finds again that
"only a handful" answered.
> Secondly I am intrigued by the concept of " perfect is the enemy of
> good" . I applied it to newborn babies who are universally thought
> of as "perfect" .Interesting conclusion
Don't know what newborn babies have to do with this (and whether
they're universally thought of as perfect, but I digress), but this
is a well known expression, quoted by Voltaire in French as "le mieux
est l'ennemi du bien" (in both the "Philosophical dictionary" and "La
B?gueule", one of the "Contes de Guillaume Vad?". BTW "b?gueule"
stayed as a colloquial adjective, now meaning "prudish", but I
digress, again) from the saying of a "wise Italian": "Il meglio ?
l?inimico del bene". And "La B?gueule" tale says it all: when one is
never satisfied from anything, in the end, s/he may loose everything.
"Ma ch?re enfant, rien n?est si p?rilleux
Que de quitter le bien pour ?tre mieux." (in "La B?gueule")
in English, more or less (well, Voltaire translated by Google, that's
a bit horrifying -- or dadaistic, who knows?)
"My dear child, nothing is so dangerous
But to leave the good to be better."
Back to our business: I don't know for Sylvia but when I say "the
perfect is the enemy of good" here I mean that, by asking for some
more months to rediscuss everything in the same closed circle that
discussed the Charter for one year or so (instead of reaching out to
new people - HR NGOs and institutions - to consult them, get their
thoughts, comments and suggestions, and have a renewed and enriched
discussion among the coalition afterwards), the risk is very high to
find ourselves next year, close to the next IGF date, with no real
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