What is a tension?
A tension is just something that could be better, such as problems that need fixed, situations you want to discuss, or ideas for potential improvements you want to try. It's important to remember that - despite how it sounds - having a tension isn't a negative thing. It's simply being aware that things could be better and working with others to try to find solutions for that thing.
Types and tension's lifecycle
A tension can either be tactical, governance or undefined.
Note: An undefined tension can be imported into any type of meeting, but has no evolution.
A tension has its own life cycle within Holaspirit and different status throughout its life:
- Draft: this is a private tension. It is not visible by the secretary during a meeting. Only the member who created the tension can import it during the meeting.
- Ready: these tensions are public and can be imported by the secretary during a meeting.
- Invalid: when the tension has an evolution that is impossible to deal with (following a change in the organization for example), it is considered invalid.
- In Progress: the tension has been submitted as a proposal to the members of the circle. They can add their objections to the proposal.
- Rejected: tension was objected (in the context of governance by consent) or rejected in a meeting. It get a “ready” status back.
Keeping track of your tensions
In order to help you stay focused on your work without having to worry about remembering everything that happens in a day, Holaspirit enables you to write down your tensions and work on them at your own pace. You can create tensions where you can add notes to them, assign them to specific circles, or even add governance proposals to them. With this feature, you can hash out your ideas with as much detail as you prefer at whatever speed works best for you.
Bringing up tensions
- During meetings: If you prefer to hold onto your ideas until you can discuss them with your peers in a meeting. You can add your own issues to the agenda of your team's meetings. You can also import your pre-made tensions to the meeting agenda if you like to show up prepared.
- Out of meetings: When you create a governance-type tension, you have the possibility of submitting an evolution (adding a new role, politics, election, restructuring of a circle) to the members of the circle. This proposal will be validated if the members of the circle have no objections.