|Re: Bylaws, the law, and Sociocracy||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:32:30 -0700 (PDT)|
Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> The attachment is saved at: http://l.cohousing.org/socioc-bylaws.pdf -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- On Mar 9, 2014, at 11:26 AM, marcia.carlson [at] gmail.com wrote: > If your community is using sociocracy or dynamic governance, we would > appreciate hearing about any legal issues that may have come up when you > implemented sociocracy, and how that may have affected the structure you > chose. For instance, was there concern about the legal status of top > circle decisions, or were any By-laws changes needed? Your state statutes will probably require that the board be responsible for certain responsibilities and that majority vote be used to make decisions. BUT consent is just a higher majority vote threshold. Our lawyer said the Board can delegate decisions to other groups, to circles, but it is still legally responsible to all the owners to ensure that those decisions get made and implemented within the policies of the condominium, and that the owners' investments in the property are protected. Just using the word "Board" instead of Top Circle will probably make everyone happier every day. Whenever I call about information related to our facilities, the person asks if I am on the Board because in their experience only Board members are in charge of approving expenditures. Explaining Top Circles can get tiresome when you are just trying to get someone to give you a bid for cork floors. I attached the bylaws for a non-profit organization to see some language that might be useful to you. (The crossed out words are amendments. I don't seem to have a clean copy of the original. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Elegance in Organization http://www.sociocracy.info
- Re: Bylaws, the law, and Sociocracy, (continued)
- Re: Bylaws, the law, and Sociocracy Sharon Villines, April 19 2014
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