[arin-ppml] [arin-discuss] Term Limit Proposal

Scott Leibrand scottleibrand at gmail.com
Tue Mar 25 19:05:08 EDT 2014


IMO the problem (for the AC, not the BoT) is that all turnover comes from
resignations and people deciding not to run again.  It's very rare that an
incumbent fails to get re-elected.  Given what I've observed as an AC
member of the large diversity in contribution levels from my colleagues on
the AC, both new and old, that's evidence to me that the membership is
re-electing members who are less effective, and we're therefore not getting
the benefit of new ideas and approaches, and the higher willingness to take
on difficult work, that new AC members tend to provide.

Reviewing the results of all the elections since 2007, when I was elected,
I see:

    Year Re-elected Newly Elected Newly appointed NOT Re-elected Notes  2013
4 1 1   2012 4 1 1   2011 4 1 1 3-year incumbent not re-elected  2010
3 2 1 1-year
appointed incumbent not re-elected  2009 3 2 1   2008 2 3   2007 3 2
As you can see, there has only been a single full-term incumbent who was
not re-elected, and that was in a year when there were 5 incumbents on the
ballot.

I think term limits (1 year off after 2 terms) would help get more new
people, with new ideas, approaches, and energy, onto the AC, without unduly
sacrificing experience and continuity.

Of course, there may be other better ways to accomplish the same thing, so
I'd love to hear other ideas for how we can get more fresh faces onto the
AC.  Maybe we could tweak the election process somehow?  One idea I just
had would be to allow advisory input (some sort of straw poll) from PPML
participants that is published for the ARIN membership to review when
casting their votes?

-Scott


On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM, Lee Howard <spiffnolee at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Could somebody state more clearly what problem this proposal is trying to
> solve?  I've heard that "organizations tend toward entrenchment" but not
> that ARIN has.  Is the community stagnant?  Is the AC unresponsive to
> evolving thought in the region?  Is the Board inaccessible?  What problem
> would be solved by having new people in those positions?
>
> > Term limits are a must if for nothing else but to prevent
> > what they call "founders syndrome."
>
> There's only one founding Board member still at ARIN, and he's on the
> Board ex-officio: John Curran.  Only Bill Woodcock has more than ten years'
> tenure.
>
> I was a Board member for three years, lost re-election, took a year off,
> then ran again and won.  Two terms later, I lost re-election.  I'm not the
> only one: https://www.arin.net/about_us/bot_former.html
> 15 former Board members (counting myself only twice) for an organization
> that's 16(?) years old doesn't seem stagnant to me.
>
> See also the very long list of former AC members:
> https://www.arin.net/about_us/ac_former.html
> Is it really 46 former AC members?
>
> Looks to me like there's turnover already.  If we need more churn, I would
> want to understand what's broken.
>
> Lee
>
>
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