I believe ICANN has just lost of man of great talent. And I wager that few within the ICANN cognoscenti would disagree that when he left a few days ago, General Manager of Public Participation (GMPP) Kieren McCarthy tore a big hole in the organisation's ability to look beyond itself.
Kieren's final act as ICANN GMPP highlights this better than any diatribe from me could ever hope to. He wrote a "leaving report", with the same iconoclastic take on ICANN that he exhibited during the 2 1/2 years he worked there, and in which he makes a number of recommendations for future public participation efforts. The report makes for fascinating reading for anyone interested in the way the Internet is governed.
I obviously won't go over the full 20-page (mercifully short for an ICANN document) report here. I would however like to add a couple of points.