1. get the training
2. secure access to an experienced sociocracy trainer, with the agreement that any member of the group can ask this person questions
3. form a governance implementation group (this group may later dissolve, or turn into an in-house training group for incoming people)
4. the implementation group convenes a Founding Day, and prepares the props needed: posters with step-by-step processes outlined, badges, large pads, log books; it also prepares several proposals to present to the gathering; one person keeps a record of the proceedings, a calendar system is set up for evaluation reminders

5. welcome!
6. the entire group, no larger than 40, gathers in a circle. Three proposals are presented to the entire gathering by the implementation group.
7a. first proposal states that the group will self-govern via sociocracy for one year, sets the date for evaluation, and specifies the criteria for evaluation; the group works thru the consent process and consent is obtained
7b. second proposal affirms that the governance implementation group will lead the gathering and specify the first steps to be taken; the details consented to can of course be changed later if found not to suit
7c. third proposal seeks consent of all present to work and co-govern with all the other people in the group
8. celebrate!

9. large group breaks up into small groups that had already formed before: for example, alt.energy, local food, water, and governance implementation
10. each circle selects a log keeper, facilitator, and two linkers according to sociocracy guidelines; log keepers receive log books, and all people selected into roles receive temporary badges to make recognition easier
11. the eight linkers come forward and form a circle — the general circle — and select a log keeper, and a facilitator. They also choose which four of the eight will be ops-linkers representing the general circle within the specific circles. All members of the general circle are given new badges with arrows in two colors
12. celebrate!

13. break

14. the entire group convenes again, and a proposal from the governance circle is considered and consented to: this proposal states that during any general circle meeting any member can attend, observe, and participate. They are however not to take part in, or interfere with, the circle’s final consent process.
15. people break up into specific circles, and set their circle’s vision, mission, aim, and domain of responsibility. (From this point on, the log keepers record their circle’s doings.) Each circle also forms a proposal for the domain of responsibility for the general circle (they are to be support for the rest of us, providing servant leadership), which is conveyed via the rep-linker.
16. the general circle convenes, with all other members observing or participating from the sidelines, and the general circle sets it’s vision, mission, and aim. It sets its domain of responsibility based on the proposals of the specific groups, and with the whole group participating. It also decides which are its first needed tasks: for example, to identify people for the advisory circle, to coordinate the doings of the specific circles, to care for new members, to keep putting on informational events to draw new people, and to decide on how best to bring in new small groups that have formed in the community that fit in with the aim of the group
17. the general circle goes through the entire process from forming a proposal to consent, regarding how potential new members will be welcomed, and what it takes to become a member, while the members of the governance circle assist as needed
18. organizers create an organization chart reflecting current configuration, and place it in each log book
19. one large circle, for the last time; closing ceremony

20. champagne and fireworks!


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