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

  1. Comment by: Guanghao Li   
    April 6th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Geographic diversity is essential to the ISOC board. Language support is certainly a plus, but it’s effectiveness should be carefully reviewed. Given ISOC’s current resource, implementing language support at a scale like ICANN may not be realistic, even ICANN has met many difficulties in providing such support. And also given the work style of ISOC board, it’s difficult to provide language support to someone completely don’t speak English. One possible way to improve the situation will be that ISOC encourages the board member who needs support to select his/her provider, and ISOC reimburse the cost.
    Staff having extra language skills is certainly beneficial. However, to be effective at the global level, it’s better to fully utilize the expertise of local chapters.

  2. Comment by: Franck   
    April 12th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    The board is diverse considering the parameters. I think there is balance at the board level.

    At the staff level, there are more and more people who are diverse culturally, and that can speak several languages.

    What I’m more concerned is that all the higher management of ISOC is North American.

  3. Comment by: Khaled Koubaa   
    April 13th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    The Internet is multicultural and multilingual, and this should be reflected in the organization that leads the Internet. I suggest that we add 2 seats for chapters in the board. Each region will elect its chapter representative that will represent it. This will ensure a full regional diversity in the board. Other criteria should be also respected as the gender and language diversity and balance.
    At the staff level, I think that there is already a good geographic balance. For me the geographic and language diversity should be more at the decision and strategy making level and not at the executive level.

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