We need to proceed. We can't continue in endless debate, but must begin to move forward. I propose that in light of the last set of ICC replies to preconvention conditions, and the online discussions that have since occurred, we send the following request to the ICC.
The situation of IOPS is at a new crossroads. The ICC - you - were assembled as people with experience, known reputation, etc., to make absolutely unavoidable, but also completely uncontroversial decisions up to founding the organization at a convention. The logic was on the one hand to not make endless decisions with a membership that is not organized (in chapters, etc. as it will be) and that therefore has no direct experience of its future situations and needs and to not make decisions binding on others with too few people involved, too narrow backgrounds, etc. Instead, the idea was to grow and develop, doing whatever people like locally, and eventually, when it could be done well and sensibly, have a convention where actual lasting structure and program can be adopted. Of course, in the interim, whatever would be done, would have to abide the IOPS commitments that all agree to on joining.
There was obviously a lurking problem with that approach, however, as under it no controversial decision could be made, no matter how important. For a time, that was bearable, however, we are now at a point of having to begin making at least some controversial decisions, mainly bearing on a convention, so we need a simple, open, and non destructive, positive procedure for doing so, while still in this interim period. There is no perfect solution - that is why it is interim - but hopefully we can uncontroversially agree on a good solution without undue hassle.
We also soon have to make our first controversial decision, presumably using the new approach.
So, we now need to assemble ICC votes - your vote - on each of two broad decisions. In each case, we need you to vote yes or no. And for this vote, unlike those in the past, it is critical that essentially all ICC members register their preferences.
So - I will unabashedly and without interruption, keep writing you, keep asking you, keep pestering you - I guess it is fair to say - until you can find time to do it. Answer soon, to avoid recurring requests!
The two questions to vote yes or no on by return email on, are:
1. Adopt the below proposed new decision approach for controversial but essential issues included below… (yes / no)
2. Begin implementing the new approach for the specific purpose of deciding preconditions for a convention by posting the "Proceeding to Founding Convention Poll" that appears below, and agreeing to use the results to try to craft an uncontroversial proposal… (yes / no)
As always additional comments you have on anything included below can only help but are not required. If we can overwhelmingly agree on both points, the procedure will be ratified and the poll will appear. We will urge members to tally their poll preferences for a month or so - and when that is complete, the icc will agree on a compromise proposal of features for actual convention preconditions which will run off, in a vote, with the majority position for each feature, as revealed in the poll. The winning proposal for preconditions will be agreed and then members can begin a campaign to fulfill them.
However, if there is not generalized support in the ICC for the two questions raised here - we will be stuck having to generate a new proposal and voting again, until we can reach agreement. For that reason, if someone votes no on either 1 or 2 - please try to explain your thinking, and please indicate a change that would cause you to vote yes and which you think other ICC members would find unobjectionable.
Here is the relevant content regarding the two votes.
VOTE ONE: The first vote is yes of no for a new decision procedure for controversial interim issues. The advocated steps are:
1. All Decision proposals go to the ICC - sent to ICC members by any other interim member.
2. As in the past, these are kept to matters that are truly essential or highly desirable to resolve before a convention, and kept to a minimum.
3. Any proposals for decision that are uncontroversial, as evidenced by overwhelming ICC agreement as well as obviousness - so to speak - are decided, as in the past, by the ICC - of course consistently with IOPS commitments.
4. Any truly essential to address proposals for decision that turn out to be controversial, as evidenced by prior debate among members, or by ample differences of view among the ICC, are turned into polls for all members to register preferences about all key aspects.
5. After the poll is complete - running for a month - the ICC attempts to formulate, in light of the results, an uncontroversial compromise solution/proposal that will appeal to all. That proposal is pitted against the majority position as revealed by the earlier poll, in a final run-off election. The winning stance is decided.
VOTE TWO: The second vote is yes or no for posting a poll with specific questions for purposes of arriving at a solution to the issue of preconditions for an IOPS founding convention. The proposed poll text is...
Proceeding to a Founding Convention Poll
At a founding convention we can decide upon issues of name, logo, decision making procedures, chapter relations, internal campaigns and projects, dues, refined commitments, other documents, political opinions, action plans, short and longer term campaigns, etc. That will be a major step forward! To get there, we need to agree upon preconditions for a convention, and a campaign to achieve them, and to that end it would be excellent if all members could answer these ten simple questions.
Question 1 of 10 - How many online members do we need to have before the founding convention?
Question 2 of 10 - Chapter Precondition
How any working chapters should we have in place and operating before the founding convention?
Question 3 of 10 - Chapter Definition
For purposes of Question 3, a chapter is a group of members that meets regularly, develops shared commitments, shares experiences, etc., maintains an IOPS chapter web page, and has a membership of at least:
Question 4 of 10 – National Diversity Precondition:
In how many nation states do we need to have active, functioning chapters, before the founding convention?
a.) 5 nation states
b.) 10 nation states
c.) 15 nation states
Question 5 of 10 – Geographical Diversity Precondition:
In how many continents do those active, functioning chapters need to be represented in, before the founding convention?
a.) 2 continents
b.) 3 continents
c.) 4 continents
Question 6 of 10 – Gender Diversity Precondition:
How female/male diverse do we need to be before the founding convention?
a.) No less than 20% female overall
b.) No less than 30% female overall
d.) No less than 40% female overall
a.) No less than 30% female in each chapter
b.) No less than 40% female in each chapter
d.) No less than 50% female in each chapter
Question 7 of 10 – Time Frame:
What time frame should we set to reach the above convention preconditions?
a.) 6 months
b.) 1 year
c.) 18 months
d.) 2 years
Question 8 of 10 – Commitments to Founding Convention Planning:
Once the campaign succeeds in reaching ¾ of the way to its agreed preconditions, a Founding Convention Working Group will be established. This will be responsible for organizing the convention including making sure there's enough time for discussion about proposals; collecting, sorting and making all proposals available to all members before the convention; and the practical planning of the convention itself - duration, housing, attendance conditions, means, etc. Candidates will be nominated by the ICC and will volunteer. I will participate in electing the Founding Convention Working Group.
Question 9 of 10 – Commitments to Recruitment:
I will commit myself, barring exceptional obstacles, to seriously prioritizing reaching out to new people. This will include explaining IOPS' commitments, guiding them to the IOPS site, and seeking to answer questions they have. My goal is to sign on at least one new member, preferably taking into account the need for diversity in gender, culture, and geography, in the next six months.
Question 10 of 10 – Commitments to Chapter Building:
If I am invited by someone in my local area to attend a meeting seeking to develop ties to establish a local chapter of IOPS, I will do all within reason, given my other commitments, to attend and seek to aid the effort.