A sociocracy practitioner submitted the following question after reading Who Decides Who Decides:
Here’s the situation, and a few areas of confusion that emerge for me -
A circle decides to establish a sub-circle. They select a leader from within their circle (now parent circle), for that sub-circle, among a few other people for that sub-circle, who may or may not be part of the parent circle. Among these, they also select a delegate, who now also serves on the parent circle.
What if that parent circle had governing agreements that identified a max # of people, and they were already maxed out before the delegate was sent to that circle? Should they a) have thought of/addressed that before they made a sub-circle, or b) is this related to the ‘inversion step’ and essentially just tolerate a little messiness until the inversion makes sense and the group is ready? or both?
Ok, now at some point let’s say that sub circle has grown to 5-6 people and they select a different operational leader than the person who was sent “down” from the parent circle in the beginning. Does that mean that the new sub-circle leader is ALSO now a full participating member of the parent circle? Otherwise, where would the second link in the double-link principle function? So if that’s true, then the parent circle now grew by two people (delegate and the new leader), right? I’m just thinking that if all the sub circle of the general circle did this, then the general/parent circle might unintentionally grow to a less than desirable size because they could conceivably have all their original members, plus two additional people for each sub circle.
Do you see where I’m getting a little mixed up here? Maybe one thing that is further confusing all this is my concept and use of terms. We have governing agreements that our mission circle (our board of directors) serves 3-year terms, and you can serve up to 3 terms (9 years) before having to step down for at least a year.
Yeah, I’m stuck somehow. Any clarity or support here would be hugely helpful! I can only imagine you’ve come up against this predicament already!