Circular hierarchy and dual accountability: starting up sociocracy in a religious nonprofit (Alex Rodríguez)

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Description: This presentation tells the story of how a newly forming North American Tantric Buddhist sangha (community), Bhumisparsha, came to adopt Sociocracy as its governance structure. As a group committed to non-harm, with many having witnessed grievous misconduct in other North American Buddhist sanghas, the group turned to sociocracy as a way to address a structural tension inherent in the organization’s purpose.

Bio: Alex W. Rodríguez (he/him) is a writer, organizer, and trombonist living on occupied Nipmuc and Pocomtuc land (aka Holyoke, Massachusetts). He currently serves as General Coordinator for the Bhumisparsha sangha and Board President of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Dr. Rodríguez holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from UCLA, where his research focused on jazz clubs around the world and the communities that sustain them.

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