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What if the highest circle can’t find consent? Fitting sociocratic structure into current legal structures
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If a circle can’t make a decision despite trying, the decision may move to the next-higher circle. The end of this chain is the highest circle in the organization, often the Mission Circle or the Board of Directors. But what happens if that circle can’t make a decision?
This is not only relevant for governance but also for legal questions – an organization cannot be deadlocked and needs to have clearly assigned authority to work within the current legal system. Some organizations use majority rule as fall-back. What other options are there for the “top circle” problem that incentive collaboration and integrating of objections but still break the deadlock?
Jerry Koch-Gonzalez. At 70 years old, Jerry has been committed to nonviolent social change all his adult life. That has meant training in anti-oppression especially classism, a certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication/NVC, facilitation, consensus and sociocracy. Jerry used to be part of The Sociocracy Consulting Group, and he is co-founder of Sociocracy For All where he now works full time. He has shared sociocracy and NVC with dozens of communities in North America and abroad. Jerry was born in Cuba and immigrated to the USA as a child.
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