Holaspirit gives organizations the option of deciding between two different methods of how they would like governance changes to be handled within the organization.

Open mode

Open mode allows all members of a circle to change that circle's governance without prior validation. There are no restrictions on who can make changes to what within a circle. However, all changes will still be reflected on the role’s activity feed, so anyone can still keep track of what changes have been made and transparency is preserved.

This is the default mode for startups and small companies where everyone knows who is making what changes. It might also be used be extremely experienced organizations with a culture of peer-to-peer trust and responsibility, as anyone can potentially make a significant change without warning.

When just starting up your organization or if your company only consists of yourself or a small team, you would want to use Open mode. In these cases, the ability to immediately make many rapid changes without opening a meeting or waiting for responses from others (as is the case in Consent mode) will dramatically improve efficiency.

Consent mode is a decision mode in which proposals are validated when no members have expressed objections. It is different from consensus in which members have to get the unanimity before applying the evolution.

Consent mode allows all members to prepare and submit governance proposals to all members of the circle where the change is being proposed. The proposal will be automatically validated if no objection is raised within a certain time frame as set by the organization's governance outside of meeting settings.

There are exceptions allowing a user to change the governance without prior validation:

  • when core member of a role decides to transform the role into a circle

  • when a member proposes an evolution that does not modify the content of the role (change position of a domain or accountability)

This mode is intended primarily for Holacracy practitioners, as it respects the standard process of a proposal followed by the option for circle members to object. However, it also works in many organizational systems (Sociocracy 3.0, Agile) where a team is expected to all have a say prior to a change being adopted.

Changing your governance settings

  • Click on your profile icon at the bottom of the left-hand navigation menu

  • Click on Administration

  • Click on Circle settings

  • Scroll down to Governance settings

  • Toggle either Open mode or Consent mode

  • Click Save

These settings apply to all the circles in your organization, However, the circle may choose other settings for their own circle. If a circle defined personalized settings, the changes made in administration won’t apply to that circle.

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