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Re: Theos-World TS - Opening up the Board Meetings - Doable

Jan 16, 2009 04:53 PM
by MKR

Why did I not think of it? They already have all the equipment they need at


On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 5:06 PM, <> wrote:

>   BAH! All they need do is hook up a camera and broadcast it on the
> internet
> to the members.
> Chuck the Heretic
> In a message dated 1/16/2009 12:46:09 P.M. Central Standard Time,
> <> writes:
> Opening up the meeting of governing bodies such as the GC and National
> Boards of TS, can be the first step for not only demonstrating but also
> implementing transparency which is much needed today after the events we
> witnessed last year. In the recent statement posted on Internet, the TSA
> President states:
> "The number of observers does have to be limited, yet if we are to be a
> representative democracy, there should be some inherent fairness in
> determining who may be allowed to attend our proceedings.d
> Why? The thought of limiting the number of observers, is not good. There
> should not be any limit. I believe, that any member who is uptodate with
> the
> dues should be allowed to attend the meetings as observers. If logistics of
> space is an issue, the meeting can be moved to a larger venue.
> In the USA. the logistics of open meetings has been worked out. In public
> bodies, the procedure is simple, at least in Texas. All meetings of public
> officials have to be open by law under the penalty of criminal prosecution.
> Executive sessions are allowed for discussing litigation issues, legal
> advise, and personnel evaluation. Even for executive sessions, the subject
> must be clearly specified so that public knows what issues are discussed.
> Also all public meetings have a slot of time allotted at the beginning of
> the session for public to address any issue. Anyone can sign up before the
> meeting to address the meeting. Each is allowed three minutes time. The
> person who wants to speak does not even have to disclose what he/she wants
> to talk about. There is also no limit on the number of people who can speak
> up. If 100 people sign up, 300 minutes will be taken up for this slot. That
> is the cost of transparency. After this initial time slot, the observers
> cannot participate in the discussions. By the way, I have personally
> appeared before local boards and talked about several issues in the 3
> minute
> time slot. So I have seen it work well.
> I hope, TSA will be the trailblazer in opening up their Board Meetings to
> members who are uptodate on their dues. Then it can be adopted by other
> Sections around the world and finally the GC. This is a radical change for
> the leaders who are used to conduct business behind closed doors. The
> transparency generated by the change, will go a long way to rebuild the
> trust the leaders have lost due to the events during the past year.
> Let us all keep tuned and hope for the best.
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