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[I-coordination] Nominations to /1Net Steering committee & Brazil Meeting Organising commitees

Klaus Stoll kdrstoll at
Thu Dec 5 16:00:46 CET 2013

Dear Milton

Thanks for your comment, and lets call a spate a bloody shovel. In 
today's funding climate, in particular in the civil society sector, 
sitting on the table or not can be a question of live and death, if I 
eat tomorrow or not. There seems to be a need for some to keep away 
their "brothers and sisters" and to strategically secure territory and 
claim significance. That is understandable, the question here again is 
what happens to the common good?. Also those who want to establish 1net 
need to be aware that whatever they  do they have been and will upset 
many apple cards on the way. I feel, if 1net want to achieve its mission 
it just has to keep on rolling without taking to much notice of these 
self interest based bumps in the road. If we want to secure the multi 
stakeholder model in IG, we will not achieve this by saving our own 
skins first, then see whats left for the rest, and then see if we can do 
something about what we set out to do in the first place. In this time 
we have to risk something to make progress. I did hear the word 
"urgency" again and again in the context of 1net. Urgency was mainly 
used in the context of time, but this time there is also another 
urgency, the urgency to be prepared to put everything, (or at least 
something), on the table in order to "innovate" something better. The 
joke is, if we keep protecting what we think is ours, we die because 
nothing will move and at some point someone will just walk over us and 
he\she will not ask for permission. Those who will risk something, will 
survive because they are able to contribute. These are not normal times, 
these are not the time to protect, these are times to risk and construct.



   On 12/5/2013 3:34 PM, Milton L Mueller wrote:
> I agree Klaus, I am worried a bit by the strategic positioning that 
> some CS groups are showing, however I also agree with them that 1net 
> got off to a very shaky start and has not yet quite earned the level 
> of trust that might have made them more willing to work on that platform.
> >The question also stands in the room if it is constructive that some 
> civil society groups seem to pick and >choose whats best for them 
> instead of standing in solidarity with the rest something that is far 
> from perfect.

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