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      <li><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">A council size of seven. (no change)  Why seven?  There is much work in progress and much to be accomplished</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;"> [1] </span>to keep the project organized and get to a reasonable level of professional staffing. A size of 9 would incur longer meetings and require a larger quorum which may sometimes difficult to achieve because members are in many time zones, and lack of quorum results in a meeting with no voting and no action. A council size of five was considered (and is a potential as a long term goal as the project evolves), but five will not provide needed amount of manpower.</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;"> Seven is seen as the current sweet spot of not too many and not too few.</span><br>
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      <li><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Thunderbird employees permitted to be on the council. (no change, with the proviso mentioned below)  Why?  Employees can offer significant perspective, enthusiasm and potential manpower, just as any volunteer. And while there can be conflict of interest on certain council decisions (which may require recusing one self), it is felt that excluding employees at this time needlessly diminishes the pool of highly qualified council candidates.</span></li>
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      <li><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Limit council membership to a maximum of two people per company/unit. (this is new)  Why?  To maintain diversity on the council and to avoid potential takeover by one organization, which might also threaten openness.  This would mean for example there cannot be more than two Thunderbird employees, more than Mozilla employees, etc. (TDF has similar limitations.)</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;"></span><br>
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      <li><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">One year terms. (no change)  Why?  Some councils (boards) have term overlaps, where half or less than half of the council is elected each year to ensure minimum continuity of experienced individuals on the council. (Meaning for this election four would be elected to a one year term and three elected to a two year term, then next year four would be elected for a two year term, the year after three, then four, etc..)   The council feels a one year term with every member replaceable allows for greater accountability of council members to the electorate, and by extension to the larger community.</span></li>
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</span><b>We request and encourage </b><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;"><b>your feedback, questions and ideas in public or in private by Wednesday January 24.  </b>
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Wayne (writing for the governance committee)

      
[1] Reference </span>"Council Member Duties and Roles"
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