CIRA as a Membership Based Organization
A softball question..
CIRA is over 15 years old which is an eternity in technology and the Internet.
When it was formed it was enviosned to be a membership based organization where the many dot-ca domain holders would be actively engaged in the going on of the organization. 15 years and 2+ million domains later CIRA has been hugely successful in so many areas except membership engagement - and not through lack of effort in the area. We can see the lack of engagement in many events. The AGM is sparsely attended and the elections garner a small fraction of the membership. The membership itself is also only a small fraction of the dot-ca base.
Considerable resources are spent on this area that could be diverted to other successful areas of the organization.
It could be possible that the concept of CIRA as a membership based organization of domain holders is outdated and that a new model should be proposed which sees CIRA more accountable to the Canadian Internet Community or similar.
What have been your observations of this process over the years and do you think CIRA should consider to expend consider such a change? Is this simply the nature of the beast? At what point should the organization stop efforts to further engage the members? What alternatives would you consider exploring and what has been your experience in this area? Is the dot-ca domain, a national treasure, for which CIRA is a guardian best served by this model?