[ARIN-consult] Consultation on Expanding the Size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

Jimmy Hess mysidia at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 12:48:16 EDT 2018

On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 10:21 AM, Adam Brenner <adam at solidnetwork.org> wrote:

> The first and *only* priority from ARIN should be seeking candidates who are
> qualified for the position; diversity should not be in that conversation.

Agreed.     A level of diversity in the demographics of board members
is not necessary,  and
representation is not a superficial quality ---  a board member from
any region, culture, and
demographic can represent  ARIN members who are from any region,
culture, or demographic.

Qualified board members have the ability to represent  the membership
regardless of their
own physical characteristics,  or  which region the board member
happens to come from   through
their own  experiences and  through discussions  with those they
represent at public meetings,

Diversity is not a good reason for expanding the board  which also
incurs more annual expenses for ARIN
to maintain a larger board,  and  may  have undesirable result of
reducing  the effectiveness of
a board which is currently effective,   since larger committees have
more difficulties coming into agreement.

Expanding the size also increases the  risk of members voting in a
less-qualified or non-qualified
candidate  onto the board,   Because there are fewer qualified
candidates than openings available to
nominate,  and the voting system will pick up someone with the most
votes,  even if that is 1 vote.


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