[KI-LC] Proposed Volunteer Fellowship Award

J. Trent Adams adams at isoc.org
Wed Sep 29 09:28:14 EDT 2010


Jeff -

Many thanks for the close read of the proposal.  See direct responses
in-line.

j stollman wrote:
> Trent, et al,
>
> I think that the idea of an award in lieu of financial remuneration is
> an excellent idea to reward major contributors to Kantara's efforts.
>
> A few thoughts to mull over prior to our discussion on today's call:
>
> Re:  *Eligibility*: The nominee must be a voting Participant of a
> Kantara Work
> Group or Discussion Group and who has not previously received the
> award.  The contributions made by the nominee must be entirely voluntary
> such that *the nominee is not paid for their efforts and contributions.*
>
> COMMENT:  I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment here.  My concern
> is drawing the fine line about not being paid.  Clearly, if Kantara is
> directly funding the effort, a participant should not be eligible. 
> But how do we handle the case where a project is not funded, but a
> prospective awardee is able to perform the work as part of his/her job
> function for another employer.  Many (most?) KI participants
> participate in KI activities because they are germane to their
> salaried positions.  Does such participation constitute being "paid
> for their efforts"?

Yes, I think that if your employer is essentially paying for your time
that counts as being "paid for your efforts".  My suggestion is that we
clearly draw the line when considering the submitted nominees is whether
the person is being paid (directly or by their employer) for their
contribution.  Keep in mind that there is already an MVP award available
for contributors who are paid for their contributions.

For example, while there is no specific work within Kantara that the
Internet Society will make money from, my time on the organization is
paid for by ISOC.  Thus, I don't expect to be eligible.  Others,
however, are contributing who have nearly zero connection to any paid
work relating to their participation (and spend off-hours time on it). 
These are the folks I'd like to see recognized by this award.

> Re:  *Nomination Process: *The Group Leadership can nominate *one
> Participant in
> their Group per calendar quarter* for the award.  The name should be
> submitted to the LC Secretary along with a written description
> explaining why the nominee deserves the award.
>
> COMMENT:  I agree that the award will be devalued if we give them out
> willy-nilly to everyone who contributes.  But much pioneering work is
> conducted by small teams.  This is recognized by organizations such as
> the Nobel Prize committee.  Credit for discovering the architecture of
> DNA went to both Watson AND Crick.  Perhaps the limit of "one
> participant per "Group" per quarter is arbitrary.  Who is more
> deserving:  Watson OR Crick?

You're right, the "one per group per quarter" is largely arbitrary and
could be tuned.  The point here is that we need to come up with some
limits to minimize how much time we spend on this as well as protecting
the value in the award.  First is pragmatic -- we need some limit so
each group isn't nominating everyone all the time (forcing the LC to
have to consider them all).  Second is perceived value -- we need the
market to see value in the award and not think we hand them out like candy.

I'd be interested if you have alternate suggestions that help.

>
> Re:  *Award*: After approving the nominated participant, the LC will
> officially
> congratulate the participant and publicly announce the award.  The
> awarded participant is then encouraged to list on his/her resume (or
> similar list of accomplishments) that they received the "Kantara
> Initiative *Volunteer* Fellowship for YEAR".
>
> COMMENT:  We might consider removing the work "Volunteer" from the
> name.  It is an apt and descriptive title, but it may carry less
> weight on the awardee's resume.  Since resume value is one of the
> strongest benefits of the award, the title of the award ought to carry
> as much weight as possible.

I'm happy removing "Volunteer" from the award title, but we do need to
look forward to a time when we might want to roll out additional
Fellowship awards.  For example, I'd like to start looking for sponsored
fellowships.  Perhaps we need to change the award name to avoid possible
conflicts with a long-range plan.

Looking forward to the discussion.

- Trent

>
> Thank you.
>
> Jeff
>
> On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 3:43 PM, J. Trent Adams <adams at isoc.org
> <mailto:adams at isoc.org>> wrote:
>
>
>     All -
>
>     As we have discussed, I'd like to propose that we come up with a
>     way for
>     the LC to formally recognize contributions by participants who aren't
>     paid to participate.  The goal of this would be for these truly
>     volunteer participants to receive some type of official
>     recognition they
>     can put on their resume to showcase their efforts.
>
>     Below is my first draft at a proposed Volunteer Fellowship Award
>     program.  While all we're proposing at this point is simple
>     recognition
>     as part of the award, perhaps we can keep looking for sponsors to
>     underwrite a more substantial award (e.g. a sponsored trip to the next
>     meeting, etc).
>
>     Please let me know what you think so we can try to finalize it by the
>     Paris meeting.
>
>     Thanks,
>     Trent
>
>     -----
>     Volunteer Fellowship Award
>
>     Purpose: For the Kantara Initiative Leadership Council To officially
>     recognize participants for their contributions to Kantara Groups and
>     Programs who aren't paid to participate, and to provide the
>     participant
>     with something that can be leveraged as illustrating their
>     dedication to
>     volunteer efforts.
>
>     Eligibility: The nominee must be a voting Participant of a Kantara
>     Work
>     Group or Discussion Group and who has not previously received the
>     award.  The contributions made by the nominee must be entirely
>     voluntary
>     such that the nominee is not paid for their efforts and contributions.
>
>     Nomination Process: The Group Leadership can nominate one
>     Participant in
>     their Group per calendar quarter for the award.  The name should be
>     submitted to the LC Secretary along with a written description
>     explaining why the nominee deserves the award.
>
>     Decision Process: The LC Secretary will gather all nominations
>     submitted
>     throughout the calendar quarter and will present them to the LC during
>     their last scheduled teleconference of the quarter.  The LC will
>     consider each nomination in isolation from the others, each being
>     evaluated on it's own merits.  A simple majority of those voting will
>     determine whether or not to recognize the nominee with the award.
>      There
>     can be more than one Volunteer Fellowship awarded per quarter.
>
>     Award: After approving the nominated participant, the LC will
>     officially
>     congratulate the participant and publicly announce the award.  The
>     awarded participant is then encouraged to list on his/her resume (or
>     similar list of accomplishments) that they received the "Kantara
>     Initiative Volunteer Fellowship for YEAR".
>
>     -----
>
>     --
>     J. Trent Adams
>     =jtrentadams
>
>     Outreach Specialist, Trust & Identity
>     Internet Society
>     http://www.isoc.org
>
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