Re: "Governance"
From: Jerry McIntire (
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:44:24 -0700 (PDT)
I like "Community Structure and Decision-making" as an alternative, but
both Governance and Management as single word tags capture the idea for me.
"Structure" doesn't imply the doing of anything to me, and it's the doing
that is most important in community.

Jerry McIntire
-who no longer has a community signature to append

On Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 10:41 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]
> wrote:

> > On Aug 25, 2015, at 11:04 AM, Sue STIGLEMAN <sstigleman [at]>
> wrote:
> >
> > I like "organizational structure" to cover the part that defines group
> structure and the relationships between the different pieces -- like is
> there a Board, what sort of teams are there, who has what authority, what's
> required to delegate authority from one body to another.
> > And something like Decision-making to cover the processes (consensus,
> voting, etc) that are used for making decisions.
> > From my understanding, sociocracy is sometimes discussed in terms of an
> organizational structure and sometimes a decision-making structure.  I
> think it would be great for sociocracy to be its own tag, though.
> Sociocracy is a governance structure or organizational structure based on
> consent decision-making.
> It can also be defined as a "design system” or an “organizational design
> system" as opposed to a set of practices or methods for doing things. It
> places the emphasis on integral communications structure and a
> decision-making method that ensures equivalence between its members.
> Full-group consensus and a modified form of Robert’s Rules of Order don’t
> form a system that coherently designed. it can work but isn’t optimal.
> Sociocracy is designed so communities can continually adjust to changing
> circumstances--new members, disasters, opportunities, etc.--without
> disrupting community life. It values both scientific method of measuring
> and evaluating, and the social values of “freedom and equality for all.”
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Sociocracy: A Deeper Democracy
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