Deciding how we want to live
The Full Circle Problem
Jerry Koch-Gonzalez | 16:00 UTC
Who makes the highest decisions in the community? Everyone together? Or who? While regular decisions in a sociocratic community are made in circles, it can be unclear how to go about the major, legal or highly contentious issues, This is a hot-button issue, and the answer to this question has a huge impact on the longevity and resiliency of the community.
The players on this level are: the plenary (Full Circle), the General Circle (leaders and delegates of main circles) and the board or Vision/Mission Circle.
In this talk, I will show the most common options that communities choose, with their advantages and disadvantages of each way to solve the puzzle.
I am a founding resident of Cherry Hill Cohousing. We moved in in 1994 and adopted sociocracy in 2013. I co-founded Sociocracy For All with Ted Rau in 2016 and co-wrote Many Voices One Song with Ted the following year. I have my sociocracy consultant certification with the SoFA/International Sociocracy Certification Board and my Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer certification with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (cnvc.org). My aim is to support the spread of effective egalitarian organizations and decision-making.
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