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[rpd] A New Dawn
sander at steffann.nl
Fri Jun 21 23:47:02 UTC 2019
>> board members, i urge you to educate your new pdp cochairs
> The board members should not get involved in community matters. The PDP chairs are *your*, not the board's. The board only ratifies policies set by this community. Everything that happens before that point is yours and yours  alone. Guidance on how to chair this working group must come from the floor, not from the top. But please leave the board out of this to keep a proper separation of responsibilities.
I got a message telling me that I was a bit unclear here: board members are of course members of this community, and they are welcome to participate in their personal capacity like any other. It is just that being an AFRINIC board member doesn't any extra weight or responsibility in policy discussions.
The chairs are not "your new pdp cochairs" to the board, their sole responsibility is to this community. And as a community we should respect the amount of work they do for us. Being a chair is a lot of work and a difficult task with lots of responsibilities. They act as the least important person in the room, focussing not on their own opinion but on those of others, making fair decisions for all.
There is little benefit for them except the gratitude of the community, so let's welcome them and thank them for taking on the difficult tasks ahead.
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