|Re David Clement's concern about two members of the same household in a General Circle||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Diana Leafe Christian (dianaic.org)|
|Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:47:29 -0700 (PDT)|
Three comments about David Clements’ concerns about two members of the same household serving as members of the General Circle in Sociocracy. I agree with Jerry Koch-Gonzalez’ view that two members of the same household can work fine if the circle regularly schedules time for circle members to use the Sociocracy process of giving each other feedback about what’s gone well and what may need improvement (a process I call “Role-Improvement Feedback). This regularly scheduled Sociocracy process is used, as Jerry said, to “keep yourselves honest, responsive, and well-functioning.” Circle members can give their whole circle this same kind of feedback as well. I’ll be happy to send workshop handouts and other materials on using Role-Improvement Feedback to David and anyone else using Sociocracy in their community. If you’re interested, please let me know. I also agree that it doesn’t matter if two people from the same household are in a circle because in Sociocracy decisions are made with Consent Decision-Making, not majority-rule voting or consensus. In Sociocracy their contributions to policymaking are, to quote Jerry again, ideally are “persuasive rather than arm-twisting,” and General Circle members chosen for their ability to serve the big picture, not those simply with free time to attend meetings. Lastly, I’d like to suggest that a General Circle would not be a community’s main governing and policy-making group, as David noted. I believe this may be a misunderstanding Sociocracy. As I understand it, people participate in a General Circle simply to coordinate the work of the main functional circles when needed, and do long-term planning for the community. The primary self-governance and policy-making work is designed to take place in each functional circle and sub- or “daughter” circle, relative to its area of work responsibility and ongoing services it provides the community. To ask a community’s General Circle to serve as its main governing and policy-making circle could concentrate too much decision-making power in the center, rather than, as I understand Sociocracy is designed, for “distributed leadership,” spreading decision-making and leadership out to each functional and daughter circle. I’ll be happy to talk with anyone about this further, if interested. Diana Leafe Christian diana [at] ic.org 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
Re David Clement's concern about two members of the same household in a General Circle Diana Leafe Christian, August 21 2019
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