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Exploring Self Governance in the Fediverse: A discussion about decision making among a federated ensemble

May 29 @ 15:00 - 16:30 UTC

Free – $15.00
Fediverse logo proposal

Sociocracy For All in Free and Open Source Projects


Join us for a sociocratically facilitated discussion on decision-making in Fediverse-connected organizations!

Our aim is to delve into the existing decision-making practices and examine the challenges faced by various Fediverse-connected organizations, including server admins, coding projects, protocol designers, and the broader community. In addition, we’ll provide a brief (15-minute) overview of sociocratic principles and demonstrate their application throughout the meeting. We also hope to identify the next steps for Sociocracy for All’s Free and Open Source Content Circle and Fediverse community members to support your journey towards making decisions with equity, efficiency, empowerment, trust, and transparency using sociocracy.


Although the Fediverse has been in development for many years, it exploded onto the global scene as people increasingly fled Twitter’s sinking (perhaps already sunken?) ship for the Fediverse-compatible platform Mastodon (a free and open source microblogging platform with an interface somewhat similar to Twitter’s).
As Mastodon servers were flooded with digital refugees, the difference between a self-hosted platform with no central company or CEO steering the ship was confusing both conceptually and practically. Likewise, Mastodon hosts have grappled with what it is to scale up and keep and grow the community, with the breaking of waves resulting in many servers failing and crumbling under either unreasonable costs shouldered by individual hosts or a milieu of moderation challenges. Systems like the popularity of the #fediblock hashtag, an informal system to support moderators highlighted some of the challenges and successes of decentralized management around questions of interconnection and shared vision and practices.



Time min Topic
  0:00 5 Welcome and agenda presentation, introduce FOSC and SoFA
  0:05 15 Introduction round, get to know each other
  0:20 30 Understanding tensions within current common governance models
  0:50 15 Sharing sociocratic practices
  1:05 15 Next steps for FOSC?
  1:20 10 Check-Out
  1:30   End


Local time zones

This event is one ~90-min on May 29th 2023. The starting time in local time zones is:



This event is faclitated by CJ O’Reilly.CJ O’Reilly CJ is a passionate communitarian and avid systems thinker, CJ was drawn to Asheville, North Carolina by the rich Appalachian community ecosystem. Communities he participates as an organizer in include: the sociocratically governed Asheville Movement Collective ecstatic dance community, Earthaven Eco-Village, Firefly Earthskills Gathering (Board Member), Asheville Contact Improvisation community, Everland COmmunity Space, and others.  


Link to the event

https://socialcoop.meet.coop/nat-k16-tgi-xfd (we recommend registering for the event)
For any questions contact us at [email protected]



This info session is free to everyone. Sociocracy For All is a nonprofit. Donations are welcome – you can buy a ticket with a donation. It’s appreciated!




May 29
15:00 - 16:30 UTC UTC
Free – $15.00
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