Collaborative leadership uses ‘power-with’ (rather than power-over) systems for decision-making and governance. This allows the ‘ecology’ of a group to contribute their creativity and perspectives appropriately.
Here are some techniques to help collaborative leadership be effective, transparent, equivalent, and fun:
🎯DOTMOCRACY: Collect group ideas. Allocate a quota of dots to show preference. Count the dots of each option to show the collective preference.
🙋🏽CONSENT DECISION-MAKING: For a proposal, one by one the group asks clarifying questions, gives their reactions, and shares objections. Consent is the final outcome when all objections are resolved.
👁STEP-IN: In a circle, members step-in to indicate their level of preference e.g. right in the middle is ‘ideal’, mid-way is ‘okay’, and stepping-back out of the circle is ‘not okay’. The group clearly sees where members stand on an option.
Here is the social permaculture amongst all of this:
🕸Patterns to details: Cluster together experts on the topic, allowing them to figure out what’s best. Circles allow transparency and avoid wasted input from those closest to the work.
🐌Apply self regulation and accept feedback: Facilitated group decision-making has people take turns and hear honest feedback: not as criticism but clarity for the greater system.systems.
🐫Obtain a yield: Understanding shared aims of the group allows all to provide relevant information while looking in the same direction.
General tips: Make sure all decisions have a review time-frame that is “good enough for now and safe enough to try”. And make decisions are measurable so you can see how effectively they’ve been implemented.
Social permaculture is regenerative social design. It applies the nature-informed principles of permaculture to create and accelerate people care for the individual and collective.
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