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

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Wed Jun 7 13:39:27 EDT 2017

On Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 1:06 PM, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:

>    To some extent, the Board has ramped up its discussion of diversity as
> a result
>    of community-expressed interest in the topic (e.g. as raised from the
> floor at the
>    recent ARIN meetings...)   I do not recall any objective standard of
> diversity having
>    been suggested, but given that the Board is trying to be responsive to
> community
>    input, perhaps the Board should hear more from the community on what
> objective
>    standard of diversity it feels would be appropriate.  Do you have a
> specific standard
>    in mind?

Hi John,

In this context I personally think diversity of any definition is an
inappropriate goal. The board should be representative of the consumers of
number resources. With that criteria, who serves on the board (and how
many) is far less important than how the folks who serve on the board are
picked. That is, however, far off topic for this consultation.

So, I'll pretend you asked me a different question: "What kind of diversity
definitions would be objective?"

Race/religion/gender. The standbys.

General political ideology (conservative, liberal, libertarian, socialist,
centrist, etc.)

Home geography. An individual can be expected to better understand the ebb
and flow of custom, business and law where he actually lives.

Years in positions involving number resource management. Size of number
resources then managed (small, large, gargantuan).

Years in positions reflecting technical networking acumen versus
administrative resource management.

These things relate to the notion of "background diversity" and can be
objectively measured.

Bill Herrin

William Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com  bill at herrin.us
Dirtside Systems ......... Web: <http://www.dirtside.com/>
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