Category: Getting it done

How do we implement democracy in our daily lives? What can we learn about getting it done?

Outside Experts on the Board of Directors

Residential communities customarily do not have board of directors members from outside the organization. Corporations normally do, but they may not be chosen by their ability to balance expertise. Non-profit organizationsThe Delibrative Democracy Consortium (DDC)u is an alliance o... More and independent schools often choose board members based on their ability to raise money or influence government or foundation decision-makers. Balanced Expertise Balanced expertise on the board of directors steers the organization from multiple perspectives.… Read More . . . “Outside Experts on the Board of Directors”

Producing Organization: The 27 Block Chart

The process of producing organization, designing production, is aided by completing a 27-block chart. The diagram above is the ideal feedback model that illustrates a simple system. It shows the input of information or resources, A as the transformation of those resources, and the output. B is the feedback loop of information that can be used to correct the process or confirm that it is accomplishing the aim. The 27-Block Chart The link below is… Read More . . . “Producing Organization: The 27 Block Chart”

Homeowner Association Boards (HOA)

A blog post on the tyranny of homeowners association boards sparked a chord of frustration and disdain in me this morning. The blog post was by Jonathan Nettler, “The Tyranny of America’s Homeowners Associations,” on the Planitizen website, “a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community.” Nettler’s post selectively quotes a post by Kaid Benfield, “Coercion by Contract: How Homeowners Associations Stifle Expression, Sustainablity” on the Natural Resources Defense Council site… Read More . . . “Homeowner Association Boards (HOA)”

Is Voting Meaningless?

Multiple lines of people waiting to vote. This post is not intended to discourage voting. It only addresses the fact that our votes are not as powerful as they are often portrayed by political parties. The peer-to-peer election process is not about voting. It is designed to identify the best available person to do the job. Those with the most reliable information about the job and about the people qualified to do it are responsible for nominating and electing the best person.… Read More . . . “Is Voting Meaningless?”

The Sociocratic Election Process, Peer to Peer Elections

The sociocratic election process is used to assign people to jobs, choose operations leaders, and elect representatives to policy-making teams. It can also be used when choosing between any of several options. As groups of people who work together toward a common aim, circles have both a vested interest in selecting the best person for a job and the most information about who that might be. The Election Process The circle meets for the purpose… Read More . . . “The Sociocratic Election Process, Peer to Peer Elections”

If Hospitals Were Run Like Schools

A commentary on an Op-Ed in the New York Times by Joe Nocera, “How to Fix the Schools,” 18 September 2012. Joe Nocero’s post in the New York Times today points out that the reason the Chicago schools won’t be helped by the teacher’s union strike that began this week is that both the teacher’s union and Rahm Emanuel are both focusing on the wrong issues. He quotes Marc Tucker of the National Center on… Read More . . . “If Hospitals Were Run Like Schools”