[icann-see] SEEDIG Asssociation

Lianna Galstyan lianna at magic.am
Thu Dec 22 16:32:20 CET 2016

Dear Narine,

Thank you for your message.

The creation of a SEEDIG association is currently underway. We are 
working on necessary documents for registration procedure, and will 
share with all of you with the updated information in this regard. We 
may also include this issue on the agenda of the virtual planning 
meeting in mid January.

For the time being, we would like to kindly ask everyone on this list to 
focus on the call for issue, and submit proposals as this is a key step 
that will shape our work for the next year's meeting.

Best regards,


On 22/12/2016 18:59, Narine Khachatryan wrote:
> Dear all,
> Thank you for your nice and warm greetings. Best wishes to you and 
> everyone in the SEEDIG community.
> Lianna, since everyone wants SEEDIG to florish next year, could you 
> kindly inform the list and the SEE community about the current state 
> of affairs regarding the creation of a SEEDIG association*,* for which 
> SEEDIG Executive Committee**asked the community members for their 
> contribution, way back in November. What happened with the proposal to 
> give SEEDIG a legal status, helping to bring more credibility to the 
> initiative and ensure its sustainability?
> Wishing you and everyone a safe, peaceful and secure New Year! May 
> happiness and harmony be ours during this festive season and 
> throughout the year of 2017!
> Best regards to all,
> Narine
> ​​
> On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 6:18 PM, Lianna Galstyan <lianna at magic.am 
> <mailto:lianna at magic.am>> wrote:
>     Dear All,
>     We would like to thank you for your support for and commitment to
>     SEEDIG in 2016  and remind you that only a few days are left
>     before the deadline for the joint SEEDIG and EuroDIG Call for
>     Issues <http://www.seedig.net/call-for-issues/>. Please, use this
>     chance to make your contribution by submitting topics of your
>     interest until 31 December, 2016 / 24:00 UTC.
>     ​​
>     Wishing you all the joys of the Holiday Season and a happy New Year!
>     Best regards,
>     Lianna
>     (on behalf of SEEDIG executive committee)
> On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 3:29 PM, Dusan Stojicevic <dusan at dukes.in.rs 
> <mailto:dusan at dukes.in.rs>> wrote:
>     Dear all,
>     The creation is under way. Currently we are in stage of writing
>     necessary documents for opening and we are starting with document
>     for the list, the real statute and other procedures.
>     For now, everything is on the list what we decided so far in
>     executive committee.
>     Further details I will send You very soon.
>     Regards,
>     Dusan
>     *From:*Narine Khachatryan [mailto:ms.narine.khachatryan at gmail.com
>     <mailto:ms.narine.khachatryan at gmail.com>]
>     *Sent:* Friday, December 9, 2016 12:04 PM
>     *To:* Dusan Stojicevic <dusan at dukes.in.rs
>     <mailto:dusan at dukes.in.rs>>; icann-see at rnids.rs
>     <mailto:icann-see at rnids.rs>
>     *Subject:* Re: [icann-see] SEEDIG Asssociation
>     Dear Dusan,
>     Could you kindly inform the list and the SEE community about the
>     current state of affairs *regarding the creation of a SEEDIG
>     association,* for which you asked the community members for their
>     feedback (the relevant email is attached below).
>     What happened with the proposal to give SEEDIG a legal status,
>     helping to bring not only more credibility to the initiative but
>     ensuring its sustainability, so much wanted by all community members?
>     Regards, Narine, SEE community member
>     On Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 6:41 PM, Dusan Stojicevic
>     <dusan at dukes.in.rs <mailto:dusan at dukes.in.rs>> wrote:
>         Dear all,
>         To further clarify the position in the previous document
>         (re-attached here), I am sending this second mail. While
>         everything written in this document remains valid, some issues
>         are further explained below.
>         Also taking this opportunity to thank Michael for his very
>         fast reaction and his support for our proposal.
>         ---
>         After several discussions held within SEEDIG’s executive
>         committee, as well as with all SEEDIG supporting
>         organisations, we are writing to you with *a* *proposal
>         regarding the creation of a SEEDIG association,* while kindly
>         asking for your feedback.
>         Since its launch in December 2014, SEEDIG has steadily grown
>         as an IGF initiative. In addition to the annual meeting, we
>         have launched a number of inter-sessional activities, and are
>         actively looking for new such opportunities. The SEEDIG
>         community is also continuously expanding. With SEEDIG growing,
>         so does the complexity of our processes and work. In order to
>         be able to more effectively manage these processes and work,
>         we believe it is opportune to give SEEDIG a legal status,
>         through creating a dedicated association. This view is shared
>         by our supporting organisations (whom we would like to thank
>         once again for their advice and continuous support).
>         Giving SEEDIG a legal status would, contribute to ensuring the
>         sustainability of the initiative, bringing more credibility,
>         and addressing some of the challenges we have faced over the
>         past two years (such as management of donations, liability,
>         agreement with partners, etc.). A detailed overview of the
>         current situation and the implications of having a SEEDIG
>         association is in the attached document.
>         As you know, the preparatory process for the 2017 meeting has
>         started, and there are a number of steps that need to be taken
>         soon (fund-raising, logistical arrangements, etc.). These
>         steps would be more appropriately and easily handled through a
>         legal structure.
>         For all the aforementioned, *our proposal is to create a
>         SEEDIG association, in a two-phase process.*
>         *Phase 1*
>         Creating a *‘beta association’*, having as founding members
>         the current five members of the executive committee. The
>         statute of this association would be a basic one, and would
>         only describe the minimum elements required by law
>         (objectives, founding members, basic decision making).
>         This would allow us to have the association created in a
>         relatively short time frame. Having a ‘beta association’ in
>         place would facilitate the preparatory process for the Ohrid
>         meeting, as well as our inter-sessional activities.
>         *Phase 2*(to be launched in parallel with phase 1)
>         Running an open, inclusive and transparent process for
>         building a more comprehensive statute for an *‘association
>         2.0’*, which would expand beyond the founding members. This
>         statute would go into more detail on aspects such as
>         membership, governing structures, decision making, roles and
>         responsibilities, etc.
>         We expect this process to take several months, allowing the
>         statute to go through several stages of iteration. One
>         possibility would be to consider approving such a statute at
>         the Ohrid meeting next year.
>         We are therefore kindly inviting you to reflect on the above,
>         share your views, and let us know if you agree with the
>         proposed approach. As before, silence will be taken as
>         agreement. *The deadline for input is 1 November.*
>         Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.
>         Cheers,
>         Dusan
>         (on behalf of executive committee)

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