A catalyst for self-management.
Rules and elements: Meta-agreements with 2.929 words + an online pattern library.
Works in: Organizations with clear boundaries and property defined.
Organization and people: Recognizes and proposes different strategies for dealing with the organizational and tribal spaces.
Facilitator: The facilitator serves the process.
Meetings: Only one type, called circle meeting, but with 5 different modes – review, sync, adapt, select, and care – that can be called by the facilitator.
Role components: Name, Purpose, Artifacts, and Accountabilities.
Analogy: The building blocks that enable living organisms (organizations) to evolve while pursuing their purpose.
What promotes evolution: Tension.
What drives work: Purpose.
Allocation: Core roles are elected, others are assigned by the Outer Link, but that can be changed.
Decision-making: Integrative process (consent) to change the organizational structure. Other decisions are individual by default.
Objection: A reason why a proposal would cause harm and move the circle backwards.
Who can teach and sell: Anyone.