In traditional organizations, two decision-making methods are popular:

  • The directive, top-down decision-making method.

  • The participatory, consensus decision-making method.

Many self-organizing organizations are now opting for consent-based approaches to decision-making. Consent means the absence of objections. Like consensus, consent invites all core-circle members of the circle to participate in the decision-making process.

A proposal is validated by the group after each member has had the opportunity to ask questions, give feedback and raise one or more objections.

Administrators can manage the modalities of this consent decision-making process.

Default settings for consent mode

Holaspirit supports consent decision-making and allows you to configure some settings.

Default validation settings of a proposal are:

  • All Core Circle Members have clicked the No objection button associated with the proposal.

  • No Core Circle Member clicked the Escalate to Meeting button within 7 days.

  • No request for comment when a member raises an objection.

How to change the default settings for consent mode?

You can change the consent decision mode settings if you are an administrator.

  • Click on your Profile icon

  • Go to Administration, then click on Circle settings in the left navigation menu

  • Activate the Consent Mode

  • You can edit the number of days after which a proposal is validated if no one has objected.

  • Check whether you would like members who escalate a proposal to a meeting to provide feedback to the proposal's owner.

  • Click on Save

Quick tip ⭐: A circle may decide to work with another decision-making process and personalize its setting locally. Some circles may work with consent-decision-making process (with different delays) while others with an open validation process.

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How do I submit a proposal to my circle?

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