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Q10: Other perspectives

What other perspectives would you like to share with the members of ISOC?

This entry was posted by the ISOC Elections Committee on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:43 am. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 or Atom 1.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Q10: Other perspectives”

  1. Comment by: Theresa Swinehart   
    May 2nd, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    The Internet Society is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary and with this its important role in the Internet space. During the coming years of Internet related discussions, ISOC’s work continues, including playing a role that helps bridge the technical, political and policy areas the Internet is facing through a variety of initiatives, programs, and work with other organizations. It is an honor to have had the opportunity to work with ISOC in many different capacities over the years, including now as an officer on the Advisory Council. Should I be selected to serve on the Board of Trustees, I would look forward to contributing to its work for ISOC as a whole.

  2. Comment by: Jason Livingood   
    May 5th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    My other comments have touched on the important issue of revenue diversity, which is critical, and the need to focus on a targeted set of priorities in order to maximize the effectiveness of ISOC’s investments of staff and resources.

    It is also important that the size of the organization’s spending on programs and staff grow at roughly the same rate (or a slower rate) as the growth in ISOC’s revenue. As a result, ISOC does not get into a financial situation where it spends more than it takes in, which is obviously not financially sustainable. It is also important that investments be made incrementally and that the effectiveness of those investments is measured before additional investments are made, so that the organization invests in areas of success and does not invest in areas where it may have been repeatedly ineffective.

    Also, as staff are added it is important to maintain very high hiring standards and invest in continuously improving the skills and performance of new and existing staff (“manage the organization up” so to speak).

    Having experience managing a staff of over 100 people, large budgets (including profit and loss), rapid organization and staff growth, as well as organizational failures, I think I can bring good experience to the board in these areas. Much in the same way that a start-up company often will look for investors or board members with experience in a phase of growth they are entering, so too should organization members seek board members with relevant experience top help guide ISOC through important phases of growth and challenges, which one of the reasons I think I can be of great service to ISOC at this time.

    I encourage you to also take a look at as you ponder who to vote for in this election, and I appreciate your time and consideration.

    Jason Livingood

  3. Comment by: Bill Smith   
    May 17th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    The Internet has experienced phenomenal growth since the Internet Society was formed. Today, some two billion people make direct use of the Internet in some manner, and many others are touched by it indirectly. No longer an experiment, or a nascent technology, the Internet has and will continue to change our lives for the better.

    Some decry this change and would seek to somehow “put it back in the bottle”. Others recognize that the Internet has wrought change akin to that brought about by the printing press. Vast quantities of information are now available to untold numbers of people. People are acting on that information and using the mechanisms that provide it for positive change.

    The Internet Society has to date played a significant role in the evolution of the Internet and by following its ideal and principles, will continue help move the Internet forward for the benefit of all.