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Q3: Geographic and language Diversity for ISOC

Do you think that geographic and language diversity on the board is important for ISOC? How would you recommend implementation at the board level, at the staff level and as a global organization?

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4 Responses to “Q3: Geographic and language Diversity for ISOC”

  1. Comment by: Daniel Karrenberg   
    March 20th, 2008 at 4:08 am

    ISOC is a global organisation and that should be reflected at all levels.

    At the board level this is implemented by global elections.
    We should trust those electing our board.

    At the staff level this is implemented through hiring. Having built an international organisation myself I am very familiar with the trade-offs
    here. With that in mind I believe that our current staff is quite well distributed and we should continue the diversity in our hiring while
    keeping in mind all other requirements as well. I am against formal policies in this area because I trust the president and her senior staff
    to make the right hiring decisions.

  2. Comment by: Ganesh   
    March 23rd, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Geographic and language diversity is extremely important. ISOC should become a platform for the whole world where people of different background can deliberate on larger issues related to Internet. At board level participation from different continents specially from countries with large population (like India, China, Brazil, Indonesia) is necessary to understand the issues at grass-root level. At staff level multi-tier structure should be created where country level managers should be appointed who would work closely with ISOC chapters in developing memberships, organizing conferences and creating local knowledge. The hub-and-spoke model is best suited in Globally diversified organization.

  3. Comment by: Alejandro   
    March 23rd, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    I believe that geographic and language diversity, as well as “functional” and perspective diversity, are fundamental for the Board. The Nominating Committees over the years have made a push for slates of candidates to the Board that promote this diversity. This policy should continue constantly.

    At the staff level there are increasingly international and diverse hirings. I have been particularly proactive about giving the regional managers concrete tasks to operate on, in conjunction with the chapter leaders and their projects. This has been slow to pan out, as ISOC staff is being reorganized in the current months, but results are showing. One of the most recent examples has been the ability to interact with chapters which wanted some of their internal affairs observed by others within ISOC, with good results in terms of resolving differences.

    The coming year (2008-2009) must give rise to much more concrete results, flowing constantly. As a Trustee, if elected, I will continue to press for the publication of materials useful to chapters and members in several languages, adapted to local needs; and based not only on staff but also on the Chapters’ own ability to produce the materials and to attract other stakeholders in our own countries to our activities.

  4. Comment by: Laina   
    March 26th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Yes I do think this is an important issue and I am happy to see that the Elections Committee has taken pains to ensure geographic and language diversity in the nominees. ISOC should continue to widely publicise and canvass for nominees to ensure such diversity, and the global process of open elections should help ensure such diversity as reflected in the membership is continued.

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