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Re: [council] Re: Invitation to ICANN Academy WG

  • To: Stéphane Van Gelder <stephane.vangelder@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [council] Re: Invitation to ICANN Academy WG
  • From: William Drake <william.drake@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:56:10 +0200
  • Cc: Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl@xxxxxxx>, "council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx GNSO" <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "soac-chairs@xxxxxxxxx" <soac-chairs@xxxxxxxxx>, sandra hoferichter <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Heidi Ullrich <Heidi.Ullrich@xxxxxxxxx>
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I would be prepared to volunteer but it sounds like maybe there's a 
conversation that has to happen first...


On Apr 23, 2012, at 11:15, Stéphane Van Gelder <stephane.vangelder@xxxxxxxxx> 

> Thanks Olivier,
> I am copying the GNSO Council on my response to you, so that they are 
> informed and can in turn inform their respective groups and communities. I am 
> also copying the other SO and AC Chairs as I believe the concept of an ICANN 
> academy is relevant to all of them.
> As an initial comment, I want to thank ALAC for reaching out and for laying 
> down the groundwork on this concept.
> Although I think the idea of a WG on the academy is great, I am surprised 
> however that the mandate for this WG should be "to finalize a proposed 
> curriculum" for the academy. It feels like we are getting slightly ahead of 
> ourselves if that's the case and that the WG should start by looking to see 
> if the academy should happen at all. I understand that ALAC thinks it should 
> and has already worked hard on it, but surely the other communities should 
> also be given a chance to either sign on or sign off before ICANN as a whole 
> moves ahead on this.
> Thanks,
> Stéphane
> Le 21 avr. 2012 à 16:49, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond a écrit :
>> Dear Stéphane,
>> During the ICANN meeting in San Jose, the ALAC presented the proposal
>> for an ICANN Academy, a program for people selected by the various ICANN
>> communities and the NomCom to be more effective when they take their
>> position and that would complement other ICANN capacity building
>> activities. As part of that presentation, I announced that we would be
>> inviting all ICANN communities to participate in the further development
>> of this proposal.
>> The initiative for the ICANN Academy was initially conceived by At-Large
>> members as a comprehensive stand-alone project, which would include a
>> variety of educational offerings for all ICANN participants. On review
>> of various options and based on the existence of the current ongoing
>> other efforts such as Fellowship Program, Newcomers’ Tracks and Lounge,
>> ICANN staff expressed an immediate need to provide a capacity building
>> program for the future leaders of ICANN, those whose term starts at the
>> end of 2012 AGM in Toronto. The ALAC formed a Working Group to develop a
>> program to respond to this specific need and organized it as a pilot
>> operation.
>> The first draft of this pilot program for new ICANN leaders was
>> presented recently at the ICANN meeting in San Jose. While the feedback
>> was favorable, it also supported that there was a growing need for
>> learning opportunities also among other constituencies
>> The At-Large community views the ICANN Academy as an ICANN project
>> initiated by At-Large that needs further community support in order to
>> realize its full potential. As a result, we wish to invite members of
>> other advisory committees, the supporting organizations and the various
>> constituencies in the GNSO to join us in the Academy Working Group, to
>> contribute actively in furthering the concept and curriculum.
>> Therefore, I kindly invite you to consider the inclusion of some
>> interested members of your community in the Academy Working Group to
>> finalize a proposed curriculum and the faculty for this pilot operation,
>> and to continue later on developing the aspects of the comprehensive
>> project together with ICANN Staff.
>> It is absolutely vital that at least one person from your constituency
>> takes part in the designing of the academic program. Just as the best
>> source of information about ALAC matters is an At-Large community
>> member, we believe that the best source of information for your
>> constituency's work is someone from your constituency. This will ensure
>> a *fair and balanced point of view* expressed to Academy participants -
>> a foundation feature of the ICANN Academy.
>> I look forward to hearing from you about a volunteer from your community
>> to take part in the working group as soon as possible, but certainly
>> before 30 April 2012.
>> Warmest regards,
>> Olivier Crépin-Leblond,
>> ALAC Chair

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