In Sociocracy, can people raise their hand if they want to speak?

If you have a quick clarifying question or relevant information for the moment, hand-raising is ok.

Yet, even though hand-raising isn’t technically cross-talking, it has very similar effects. If you say something tender and three hands shoot up, that can be unsettling! Ask circle members to refrain from hand-raising just as they refrain from cross-talking. As facilitator, make sure to ask whether people have questions often enough that hand-raising doesn’t even become necessary.

For more information, check out our handbook Many Voices One Song section 5.5.3