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

Jan 16, 2009 09:32 PM
by Drpsionic

I'm amazed you didn't think of it first!  All it would take is a bunch  of 
bandwidth and giving each member a password to access the video.  The  rest is 
simplicity itself.
Time to light a fire under them.
Chuck the Heretic
In a message dated 1/16/2009 6:53:40 P.M. Central Standard Time, writes:

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, <_Drpsionic@aol.Drp_ 
( >  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,
> _mkr777@gmail.mkr_ (   <mkr777%40gmail.mkr> 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. 
> 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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