Re: Having two members of a household on the Board
From: Jerry Koch-Gonzalez (
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:33:49 -0700 (PDT)
On a theoretical basis, it does not matter that there are people from the
same household in a circle because you make decisions my consent, not
majority rule. And in the Sun/General Circle those people have been
selected for qualities and capacity to serve and are not just volunteers.
Ideally, their contribution to policymaking is persuasive rather than arm
twisting. To me what is important here is that the Sun Circle do meaningful
feedback in your meetings on a regular basis about the quality of both
process and productivity. Keep yourselves honest, responsive and
Jerry Koch-Gonzalez  413-687-5444
, Sociocracy For All <> and  New England NVC
Founding Resident, Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community

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On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 2:18 PM David Clements and Evan Richardson via
Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> Westwood Cohousing in Asheville NC has adopted a variant of Sociocracy.
> We have a Sun Circle (General Circle) which is the main governing and
> policy making group.  The Sun Circle serves legally as the Board of
> Directors.   The Sun Circle delegates authority to three Planet Circles
> (Community, Buildings/Grounds, and Administrative/Finance).  Most of those
> on the Sun Circle are there by virtue of being Operations Leaders for or
> Representatives from the Planet Circles.
> As of now there are 8 members of the Sun Circle.  Two households each have
> two members on the Sun Circle.
> We have heard concerns that it is a bad idea to allow more than one member
> of a household to serve on the Board/Sun Circle at a time.  We could change
> our bylaws to allow only one Board member from each household.
> Have any of you had this issue come up, and what did you decide about it?
> Thanks for any feedback.
> David ClementsWestwood Cohousing
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