Thank you for putting this all together. It’s inspiring to be part of SoFA’s evolution.
I want to share some of what I sense and ideas that are coming up.
What I see emerging after reading the article is that essentially sector circles are becoming content (producing) circles with more focus on the sector-related audience. And the existing content circle will basically provide templates for replication of what it has gone through with success, thus becoming ‘help desk’ for other (content producing) sector circles.
For Communities of Practice, I assume that past or current sector circles have some of such quality mixed. And it seems that this article is trying to make clear distinction between two functions; Communities of Practice and (working) circles. Fully acknowledging that sector circles have served both the functions of Communities of Practice and (working) circle, and remembering that such mix of functions have significantly helped SoFA grow until now, I feel that Communities of Practice in the future are in the same or similar line along with other contents such as webinars, workshops, or trainings. So SoFA will be accountable for holding the space for Communities of Practice just like any other contents that SoFA offers.
Then the question comes up, who will fill the roles in sector circles? Here’s an idea. Burrowing the inspiration from 3EO(Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Enabling Organizations) model, those who want to grow into ‘micro-entrepreneurs’ within SoFA ecosystem could be invited to fill the roles. These micro-entrepreneurs could also be called ‘content entrepreneurs’ in the area of sociocracy with sector focus. And they basically produce contents (articles, videos, webinars, workshops, trainings, CoPs, consulting/coaching services etc.) and generate cash flow from the contents. Many of the sector circle activities described in the article overlap with the activities you would eventually have to do if you were to start your own ‘content business’.
Let’s say a Sociocracy Academy graduate would like to start his/her own business using sociocracy focusing on the specific sector audience. If the graduate were to start alone from scratch, the person would have to build a website, manage social media, write articles, create videos, design workshops/trainings, send emails, do finance and all the more all by alone, just like any other self-employed or solo-entrepreneur would have to do. With 3EO applied to SoFA, that same person can become micro-entrepreneur and utilize SoFA’s existing knowledge & infrastructure to produce sector-tailored sociocracy contents. If there are a few other like-minded people around the micro-entrepreneur, they can form a sector circle or ‘micro-enterprise’. In return, the micro-entrepreneur or the sector-circle shares profit from their contents(most likely coming from workshops/trainings/consulting/coaching) with SoFA. And SoFA can fulfill its mission by expanding to the wider sectors while overcoming the limits of hiring paid staff or relying solely on volunteer work. If the profit generation is not possible within near future for a sector, but the development of that specific sector is important for SoFA, SoFA can invest in the micro-entrepreneur or sector-circle.