[ARIN-consult] Reminder: Consultation on Increasing the size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

Michael Winters mwinters at edwardrose.com
Wed Jul 12 12:41:47 EDT 2017

I agree with Bill.

From: ARIN-consult [mailto:arin-consult-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of William Herrin
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To: John Curran <jcurran at arin.net>
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Subject: Re: [ARIN-consult] Reminder: Consultation on Increasing the size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 11:12 AM, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net<mailto:jcurran at arin.net>> wrote:
On 12 Jul 2017, at 11:05 AM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us<mailto:bill at herrin.us>> wrote:
Unfocused goals don't support gratuitous changes to the board structure. If a precise definition of "diversity of background" is not yet possible then you don't yet understand your goal well enough to make potentially destructive changes based on it. Focus on improving your goal statement first.

Bill -

   Alas, we have to the listen to the community to obtain that clarity, so
   I must ask you -

     “Do you believe that there is a definition/goal of diversity that ARIN should target for the Board of Trustees?”

No, I think that's probably a rabbit hole too.

I think the pool of candidates who are both technically qualified (priority 1) and willing to volunteer (priority 2) is too small to support an explicit diversity goal (somewhere around priority 5 or 6). With only a vague goal and a limited pool, I would restrict any action to small changes with little potential for harm, such as:

* the direction the board already gave the nomcom,
* expanding who can serve on the nomcom (currently only ARIN members may serve, limiting the nominators' diversity) and
* expanding the criteria for who the nomcom can consider for nomination (IIRC, an ARIN member must recommend someone for nomination before the nomcom can consider them)

Bill Herrin

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