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This page explains the role and constitution of Media Council, appointed by a Council Vote of the Open Council.
The role of the Global Media Council is to counsel, observe and steer the Open Constitution network's community on media outreach of the Foundation's activities.
Media Council members are individuals with recognised contributions and publications on social, humanitarian and technology subjects. They have had persistent success in steering advocacy of sustainable ideas and contributing to humankind.
They are successful journalists, columnists, senior contributors to leading publications, writers, filmmakers, musicians or artists.
They are columnists and op-ed writers, who express their views on "Social good" and "public policy" in leading publications across the world.
The members of the Media Council work with the following guidelines:
1. The Media Council members shall meet the Executive Council on an ongoing basis: 1.1 Generally recorded every month through an electronic meeting with the Executive Council, either exclusively or through Open Convention
1.2 When recorded through the member’s presence in the Foundation’s monthly Council meetings, or
Media Council plays a central role in publishing, advancing and promoting the Foundation's advocacy of its guiding principles. Therefore, a vote of confidence may be scheduled to register the attendance of the Media Council members.
2. The Media Council may convene to meet the Executive Council or other members through an electronic meeting, in addition to the monthly Council meetings, to contribute to their roles and responsibilities.
Media Committee members build strategic relationships on behalf of the Foundation's community, representing its citizen's rights in Media Houses, Industry bodies and networks, which are outside the purview of the Open Constitution Partner Program.
3. Media Committee can convene an electronic meeting, inviting all the Open Council members or all the Foundation's members, to conduct an independent documented review of the Foundation’s media initiatives.
The meeting minutes from any convened “Media Committee meeting” shall be released to the Executive Committee within 14 days of the meeting.
The Executive Committee reserves the right to reject or release the meeting minutes and documented reviews of this committee to the other members of the Foundation.
Open Constitution Governance Framework:
4. The Open Constitution network runs itself with a decentralised open governance system. Each open governance decision shall be recorded on the Open Constitution ledger.
Media Council works with all the Open Council bodies concerning the Foundation’s media outreach, spokesmanship of its advocacy and presenting open source projects.
5. Appointment to this Media Council is pro bono and voluntary. Appointments are generally made for an election period of at least 1 year and almost 3 years.
Appointment, Nomination, Removal and Resignation:
6.1 Nomination: The following members can officially nominate an existing member of the Foundation to the Media Council:
6.1 b. A non-Council member may also request a nomination, in the form of a community proposal. The Nomination action shall be officially initiated by the only members mentioned in above 6.1 “a”.
6.2 Self-nomination by an existing member of one of the Open Council bodies for his/her/their appointment to the Media Council is not acceptable.
Self-nomination by a non-Council member of the Foundation, for his/her/their appointment to the Media Council, is not acceptable. Please read more. 6.3 Once the nomination is accepted by the Nominee, Nominee or the member nominating the nominee, shall file supporting information such as the nominee's literature, publications, and demonstration of social activities on the Foundation's Membership Registry.
A Council Resolution "Vote IN" is then scheduled on the Council's mailing list.
Electoral Process for "Vote IN" is conditional to a quorum.
a. Quorum is achieved when a minimum of half of all the Open Council members, participate in the Council Resolution - "Vote IN". b. A decision is received in favour of the Council Resolution - "Vote IN", when the majority of all the participating members of the Open Council, vote "+1". E.g.: Let's say there are 21 Open Council members.
at least 11 members shall participate in the Council Resolution for the "Vote IN" to achieve a quorum. This is the qualifying state for the Council Resolution to be logged on the Open Constitution public ledger. For the appointment to be electorally approved, the "Vote IN" should receive at least half of the total votes(required for quorum), in favour of this Council Resolution. So, in this example, six (+1) votes of the participating 11 Council members will do the job.😒
6.4 Appointment to the Media Council is published on the public-facing records of the Muellners Foundation.
7.1 Members of the Executive Council or the Media Council or the Advisory Council can only officially propose the removal of a member from the Media Council.
A non-Council member should not initiate a proposal for the removal of a Media Council member.
Media Council members play a central role in the Foundation's global advocacy for social good, technology-based governance, Intellectual property, data privacy and shaping public policy.
Media Council represents the Muellners Foundation in public forums, outside the network of the technology-based Foundation's naturalised citizens(its constituents).
7.2 Open Council Resolution - “Vote OUT" is considered to be active on the Open Constitution system, once it is initiated on the Council’s private mailing list.
Electoral Process for "Vote OUT" is conditional to a quorum. a. Quorum is achieved when a minimum of half of all the Open Council members participate in the Council Resolution "Vote OUT". b. A decision is received in favour of the "Vote OUT", E.g.At least the majority of all the participating members of the Open Council, vote "+1". E.g.: Let's say there are 21 Open Council members.
At least 11 members shall participate in the Council Resolution for "Vote OUT" to achieve a quorum. This is the qualifying state for the Council Resolution to be locked on the Open Constitution public ledger. For the removal to be electorally approved for the next stage, the "Vote OUT" should receive at least half of the total votes(required for quorum), in favour of this Council Resolution. So, in this example, six (+1) votes of the participating 11 Council members will do the job.😒
A strong reason for violation of Muellners Foundation’s governing policies and directives must be provided by member(s) initiating the resolution, to support the Council resolution “Vote OUT”.
7.3 Community Referendum: The final removal of a member from the Media Committee is subject to a community referendum on the passed Council resolution “Vote OUT”, stated in 7.1 & 7.2 above.
Community Referendum is generally accessible by all members of the Muellners Foundation - both Council, its CWC members and non-Council members.
Quorum on the Community Referendum for the Council Resolution - "Vote Out" is achieved when 33% (more than 1/3rd) of all the voluntarily organised subscribed members participate. Of the minimum participating members, the Community Referendum stands as Decided when the majority of the quorum populace votes in favour of the stated Council resolution “Vote OUT”.
E.g.: Let's say there are 1000 Foundation members.
A minimum of 333 members are required to participate in the Community Referendum to achieve a quorum. The decision of the Community Referendum depends on a majority(167/333) in favour of, or against the subject of the Referendum. This is the qualifying stage for the Referendum to get locked on the Open Constitution public ledger.
8. A member may serve on more than one Open Council body. Each Council body membership reserves additional voting rights.
If a member happens to serve on two Open Council bodies, then this effectively means that two votes are counted for the same member for the Foundation’s Council Vote-based decision proceedings, including but not limited to the governing protocols for the appointment of members or their removal to the Open Council.
9. A member's self-resignation from the Media Committee is a voluntary action.
A member may resign from the Media Committee by stating the reasons for resignation. The announcement of resignation can be done via electronic email on the Network's media mailing list; [email protected].
10. The Independent Board reserves the right to update the terms and conditions, and statutes from time to time, in compliance with the existing rules and regulations of the association, including reserving the right to terminate the appointment to this Council at any time, without notice and the due electoral process of removal, in the following scenario:
If the member is found convicted of criminal, civil and financial crimes, in any court of competent jurisdiction, across the world, where the non-Council Foundationself-resignation has an active presence, either through a legal body representation or an affiliate network.
11. The statutes of the Foundation and terms and conditions governing its functioning can be found here. The Independent Board reserves the right to dissolve the whole Media Council and initiate the constitution of a new Media Council.
12. The Foundation members communicate via cryptographic electronic communications systems and technology tools. In connection with the electronic meetings convened by members of this council, the Foundation’s IT infrastructure shall be used.
If the meeting took place outside the Foundation’s communications infrastructure, then the meeting minutes must be brought back to the notice of the Executive Council.
Upon a successful nomination and having received a passed Council Resolution "Vote IN", a new Open Council member should file their supporting documents to the Open Constitution Membership Registry. A private link is generated by the Open Constitution system.