[KI-LC] Draft of email: "Staff Support for WGs"

J. Trent Adams adams at isoc.org
Wed Mar 31 11:07:42 EDT 2010

Roger -

Received and acknowledged.

I will put this on today's LC teleconference agenda to discuss how we
can collectively pull together and support the reallocation of resources.


Roger Martin wrote:
> Trent,
> As you are aware, I have been looking at our staff resources and how
> to best use them for the good of all Kantara Initiative Members.
> In Portland there was a decision by the BoT, based on a clearly
> predominant opinion of both Trustees and members, that we need to
> dedicate the necessary resources to redesign and upgrade the Kantara
> Initiative website to improve our external image and the ease of
> access, and in addition, to make it easier for our Members to find
> materials on our internal pages. 
> On yesterday's Marketing Committee call we discussed this project at
> length and came to the (perhaps obvious) conclusion that improvement
> of our online presence and how people access it is critical to the
> success of Kantara Initiative and needs to be made a high priority
> task.   I am in complete agreement with this conclusion and have asked
> Joni and Dervla to invest the time needed to get the first phase of
> this work done as quickly and expeditiously as possible. 
> However, coupled with the heavy workload both already have, will
> require us to retool how we support the WGs.  We began to reduce our
> level of direct support to the WGs last fall as part of the planning
> for the reduction in staff that occurred as we phased out Liberty
> Alliance.  In mid-February, I asked the staff to stop serving in the
> role of secretary and direct meeting support for the WGs.  I asked
> them to limit their time to those activities that they need to perform
> to help ensure the success of each Group and which cannot be performed
> by the Group itself.  While we had continued to provide some meeting
> support for some of the WGs on an occasional "emergency" basis, it
> will not be possible to continue to do so over the coming months as we
> focus our energies on the web site issues. 
> We will continue to provide the administrative support for the
> operation of each WG, but we will no longer be able to provide support
> for the services that the Group members should be able to perform
> (e.g., note taking and publishing minutes, creating and distributing
> meeting agendas, maintaining the attendance list,
> initiating/moderating the calls) .
> I am willing to discuss this further with the LC if you want me to do so.
>    ...rogerM
> /--
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> Roger Martin
> (Interim) Executive Director, Kantara Initiative
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> email: rjmartin99 at comcast.net
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J. Trent Adams

Outreach Specialist, Trust & Identity
Internet Society

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