Consent decision-making is the poster-child of the sociocracy framework’s core principles: effectiveness, transparency and equivalence.
Collective consent is achieved when circle members reason a policy proposal adequately contributes to their circle’s specific aims, without objection. They use facilitated circle rounds to hear from each circle member, and to reveal objections. Each policy proposal has a review timeframe; ensuring policies are living and refined. Measurement criteria measure impact and relevance to aims.
Consent decision-making rounds are facilitated, offering each person equal space to share without interruption. Including:
CLARIFYING QUESTIONS ROUND - Questions clarifying how the policy will meet circle aims are systematically asked and answered by the team.
REACTION/RESPONSE ROUND - Reactions and responses to the proposed policy are shared. Individuals are encouraged to share honestly and fully; and to contribute suggestions. Each person’s reaction contributes an important feedback loop to the team’s sensing of how the policy serves to effectively achieve circle aims.
CONSENT ROUND - “Do you have any objections to the proposal meeting circle aims?” is asked of each person. Objections are valuable contributions to the policy development. They must be reasoned, and often show themselves as a felt-sense in the body. Objections are received by the facilitator who integrates them in modifying the proposal, where relevant.
Hearing from each person to clarify their understanding of a proposal, their response, and their objections is effective. Transparency shines through each person’s voice sharing what’s true for them. Equivalence is upheld through the spaciousness for each to share with no interruption.
[ Sociocracy is a collaborative decision-making & governance framework for groups, large and small; supporting collective aims to be achieved effectively, transparently and with equal-value of members ]
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