Date: 28 Apr 2014 14:09:59 -0000
From: Andy Zalan <zalandy@xxxxxxxxx>

My idea:

Keep the initial Open Forum, but forget the 2nd one altogether.

Instead, at the start of the Awards Ceremony, all bidding cities get up and
make one last, brief presentation to win over undecided voters. All
registered participants get a numbered ballot slip (same as their race
number) in their registration packet. A ballot box is made available
beginning at the end of the initial Open Forum until the end of the Awards
Ceremony - people have until then to cast their vote. Or more specifically,
make it say, 15 minutes after the final presentations, so that the votes
can be tallied and announced by the end of the Awards Ceremony (votes may
be tallied as they are cast during the weekend, so that it doesn't all have
to get counted at the Awards Ceremony). No proxy votes, just one available
vote per attendee that they have to personally submit.

To take that idea even further, the ballots could be accompanied with the
Open Forum agenda items which need to be decided on. This addendum could be
created at or after the Open Forum and distributed later that evening
and/or during the course of the rest of the event. Again - only one ballot
per racer. So often the Open Forums get bogged down in heated debate. If we
eliminated the need to come up with "the answers" - voting on the issues,
voting on if we should vote, etc. - the Open Forums would just be about
raising the questions and concerns, and offering possible solutions.
Perhaps this would make the Open Forum run smoother and more efficiently,
and we could be more satisfied we gave all attendees a fair and equal
chance to exercise their opinions.

I'm pretty sure we abandoned the consensus method soon after Buffalo Bill
stopped attending, but I don't know if the by-laws were ever amended to
reflect this. It's been a straight majority rules vote for many years now.

I am also pretty sure that the by-laws were amended to allow for the IFBMA
council to take decisions amongst themselves on certain matters during the
year, outside of an actual CMWC. If not, there must be a provision for
this, in the case that some timely issue comes up that needs to be
addressed before the next Championships.

I have some other ideas but that's all for now.


On Sun, Apr 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM, Shawn bega Blumenfeld

> on several occasions, the 2nd open forum has been scheduled for sunday
> but on at least some of those occasions hasnt successfully happened
> for various reasons such as lack of organization or lack of interest
> or people being already drunk or the finals ran late and the forum was
> scheduled for a time when the bunny hop was still going on and thats
> not really fair. and thus the forum has been suddenly moved to some
> other unplanned time and location. it is my belief that if it is
> scheduled for sunday, it should happen for real on sunday.
> its not really supposed to be a "vote". its supposed to be a consensus
> (which is not the same thing as a unanimous decision - consensus means
> that no one wishes to block the decision which means everyone accepts
> the "vote" not necessarily agrees with it - it rarely happens after
> only one vote). at least as recently as chicago, a motion was made to
> change it from consensus to a straight vote but that proposal was
> tabled and has been tabled at at least 3 open forums that i remember.
> i would suggest that it has gained more headway recently, and at least
> a couple of times, the vote has been taken this way as a single vote,
> not necessarily for the worse at those forums. truthfully if at least
> most people walk away thinking it was at least somewhat fair, youve
> done at least somewhat of a good job.
> proxies should be eliminated. whenever you have the forum, people who
> want to participate should show up. at different forums, proxies have
> been treated differently with little if any consistency.  proxies dont
> function in a consensus format. they barely work in a voting format.
> they cause controversy and breed uninformed and uncaring voters.
> im really excited to see people having these sorts of conversations.
> ive always personally believed that having the conversation is more
> important than the final decisions.
> --
> Shawn "bega" Blumenfeld
> --
> On Sun, Apr 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM, london courier emergency fund
> <londoncourieremergencyfund@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> >
> > I have spoken to quite a few people who feel the system is not as good as
> > it could be.
> >
> > From what i know, the issue has been brought up before and apparently,
> > nothing has been done about it because no one was bothered to do
> something
> > about it but i could be wrong and there could be other reasons.
> >
> > Having the 1st open forum at the beginning of the event is fine..people
> > just arrive, they are fresh and ready to once the agenda has
> > been brought up and discussed, get the bidding cities to do their
> > thing..bidding cities should have some materials that people can look at
> > through the event so whoever wasn't at the 1st open forum can catch up
> and
> > people can look through the materials over the weekend.
> >
> > The 2nd forum should ideally be on Sunday. On Monday,most people are
> either
> > gone or too fucked to attend so it doesn't make sense to vote then.
> >
> > It could be argued that people who are serious about voting should
> arrange
> > their trip to stay until then but the reality is that people don't/can't
> > stay on Monday (especially if the CMWC is in Europe, countries are
> closer,
> > people head back Sunday night/Monday morning) so we should accommodate
> that
> > and have the second open forum on Sunday...
> >
> > The time when the main race finals are done and before the prize giving,
> > when people are chilling and before the big party, would be ideal to get
> > the bidding cities on stage again and remind people it's time to vote and
> > give them a deadline to do so.
> >
> > Depending on logistics, there could be a couple of volunteers manning a
> > ballot box for a few hours at the end of the day so participants have
> > plenty of time to vote. Make it simple, give your rider's name/number,
> one
> > ballot paper, write the city you're voting for and cast your vote.
> >
> > We need to make sure this is done thoroughly so have a list of all
> > registered participants and once they have voted, cross their names.
> >
> > During the prize giving, someone would be counting the votes..IFBMA
> council
> > members maybe, as organisers will be fairly busy and the winning city
> would
> > be announced once the prize giving is over and before the party start.
> >
> >
> > People would be told in advance (ie on the website of the next CMWC
> > organiser if this proposal goes through) that the voting system has
> changed
> > and what it involves.
> >
> >
> > Any suggestions on this are appreciated.
> >
> >
> > Stephanie
> >
> >
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