[IRP] IRP chair

Meryem Marzouki meryem
Thu May 12 01:47:20 EEST 2011

Hi Lisa and all,

I am very sorry that you need to step down from the chair position: I think IRP achievements in the last couple of years wouldn't have been made possible without the energy you put in leading the process, together with Dixie!

Regarding your question and suggestion on the way ahead: since we need to keep our time and energy to concentrate on the preparation of the next IGF and our own projects (the Charter, the different initiatives derived from it and their publicization), I would advise to stick to the current procedure and have the steering committee appoints an interim chair until the next IGF. Then, at the IGF, we can have our steering committee elections and the chair elected by the coalition as well, if the decision is made at that time to change the rules, or by the newly elected steering committee if we're fine with the current rules.

Regarding the interim chair, all current steering committee members would be excellent candidates. However, I'm convinced that, for the coalition to continue with its good achievements till now, we would need someone able to commit the time and energy that you committed during your term. If any of the current steering committee members can do that, then fine. Otherwise, I think that Dixie has shown that she could dedicate enough time to the commitment. In addition, she showed her energy and sense of diplomacy;) and she knows very well the IRP processes and projects. That would make her an excellent interim chair for our coalition. 


Le 11 mai 2011 ? 11:14, Lisa Horner a ?crit :

> Hi all
> As you'll have seen, I sent a note to our steering committee yesterday, saying that I would be stepping down as chair of the coalition in the near future.  I wanted to run it past them first, mainly as it could potentially involve a change in our established procedures for elections (see http://internetrightsandprinciples.org/node/9).
> I've very much enjoyed chairing the coalition - we've done some great and important work together, and it's been a huge pleasure to work with everyone.  However, I've decided to step down as chair for a number of reasons (although I'd still like to participate in the coalition).
> IRP steering committee elections are due at the next IGF according to our
> internal procedures, as this will be our 2nd IGF with the current committee and chair. However, I thought it might makes sense to have a new chair (and committee) in place before then so that they can prepare
> properly for the IGF...so our energy there is focused on making impact
> rather than on internal procedure.
> I'm also  finding that I don't have as much time at the moment to dedicate
> to driving the coalition forward as is needed and deserved.  I feel that
> we're at quite a critical juncture in the development of the coalition, with
> awareness and membership raised by the punchy principles, and solid work
> being produced through the charter process.  I think we need someone to push
> the coalition forwards at this important time so that we can really build on
> what we've achieved so far.  It'll of course also be good to have someone
> with renewed energy and fresh ideas at the helm.
> However, there seemed to be a feeling in the steering committee that we shouldn't have elections at the moment as that would divert energy and attention away from the work we need to do with the principles and charter in the run up to the IGF.  The suggestion was made by a few members of the committee that Dixie Hawtin takes over as an interim chair until the IGF, after which we can elect a new committee and chair.
> What do you think?  Would you like Dixie to step up as interim chair until the IGF?  That would give us enough time to prepare for new elections, and keep us focused on issues and impact rather than procedure. We could have the elections immediately after the IGF, so as not to disturb our work at the IGF itself, and hopefully also get some new people on board.
> If we do decide on this option, we may want to revisit the rules of procedure to check that we're happy with them (e.g. including the procedure of the elected steering committee electing its own chair).
> Please share your thoughts on this.
> All the best,
> Lisa
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