What is the difference between the Technical Council and the Technical Advisory Committee?
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The Advisory Council (TC), will deal with policy matters. It will consider global policies and options for a Foundation dedicated to serve global causes. Its emphasis would be on counseling and it would address itself to the Board. The TC will not be elected. Its function and terms of reference will be 'fixed' in the constitution of the EcoPort Foundation. It is a guiding role that will be 'out-sourced' to a respected and reputable organization that has the status and standing to act as 'honest broker', 'wise' advisor and statesman-like guide to help the Board adopt an inclusive, global view of broad policy issues and concerns. The organization agreeing the play this 'Secretariat' role, will function as such in terms of a Letter of Agreement negotiated and concluded between it and the Foundation. The key role player (Secretary) would be a 'development diplomat'; usually a person from the counseling institution/secretariat, who oversees the work of a significant, thematic 'domain/s' in the EcoPort universe (See Executive Committee.
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will deal with strategic issues. Its emphasis would be on content planning internal to the work-programme objectives of the Foundation. It would address itself to the Executive and Management layer/function responsible for drawing up annual work plans describing the substantive work of the Foundation. It would be appointed by the Board based on recommendations made by Management/the Executive in consultation with Members. Its primary role would be to support and guide the CEO and the technical 'directorate' level of management and administration. The key role player (Chair) would be an ecologist.
Just as the TAC will deal with the scientific and substantive aspects of content in the EcoPort service, so too, and mutatis mutandis, would the Information Technology Committee (ITC) assume an working role to shape the information and telecommunications (itc) infrastructure of hardware and software used to deliver the EcoPort service via the internet/www. The key role player (Chair) would be a computer person; usually the EcoPort Systems Administrator and Designer.