After a period of community comment and feedback earlier in the year, in April 2014, ICANN launched the nomination period for the first Multistakeholder Ethos Award. This award program seeks to recognize community members who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and demonstrated collaboration with different supporting organizations and/or advisory committees.

ICANN hopes to acknowledge community participants who have (1) deeply invested in consensus-based solutions, (2) affirmed the importance of ICANN’s multistakeholder model for Internet governance, and (3) contributed in a substantive way to the higher interests of ICANN’s organization and its community. 

Candidates for the award will demonstrate at least five years of participation in the ICANN community. Both individuals and organizations are eligible for the award. A panel of community members is being convened to help review all nominations and determine the best candidates for the first awards. Recipients for this award will be evaluated by a community selection panel with four primary criteria in mind, using a point-based system:

  1. Demonstrated multistakeholder volunteer service via working groups or committees - Maximum of 10 points.
  2. Demonstrated spirit of collaboration through engagement with other community members with the aim of consensus building - Maximum of 10 points.
  3. Demonstrated facilitator of dialogue and open discussion in a fair, cordial and collegial manner - Maximum of 5 points.
  4. Demonstrated additional devotional factors exhibited by time spent supporting ICANN's multistakeholder model and its overall effectiveness - Maximum of 5 points.

The first award recipient(s) are expected to be announced in June 2014 at ICANN 50 - the ICANN Public Meeting in London.


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