Rounds

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sociocracy: effective governance

How:

You start somewhere in the circle, and every member gets to speak one by one. There is no cross-talking (with rare exceptions of clarifying questions), and everyone tries to speak more or less the same length of time.You can start the round with always the same person, or you can change up who starts. In online-meetings, you can come up with a order (a virtual circle).

Benefits:

Rounds are very simple and yet very powerful: everyone gets a chance to speak. And everyone gets a chance to listen. You move forward as a group, like a flock of birds, always knowing where the other group members are at. People who have been truly heard do not have to repeat themselves. The conversation slows down to a manageable pace. In the long run, this saves time because you don’t lose time over dealing with emotional issues, misunderstandings or miscommunication.