Transition Network made a shift to shared governance in April 2018. Here are a few things you might want to know about our new ways of working:
Informed by consultation with the Transition movement, to guide all our decisions and actions, collectively and individually.
In which all roles exercise equivalent power.
We move in and out of roles according to what best serves our organisational purpose. Many of us are holding more than one role and are working in a number of circles.
Each January, our primary circle (made up of staff and trustees) reflects on what’s happening in the world and across our movement
We reconnect to, and review our organisational purpose and agree areas of focus for the coming year.
The primary circle elect one of their members (currently Sarah McAdam) to act as lead link for the heart circle and she is responsible for appointing other people to the circle and supporting them to deliver what’s needed.
Each role has sovereignty to find their next step, actively seeking advice and feedback from within and beyond our team.
We organise governance meetings as required to adjust, delete or create roles.
For the important moments when we want to engage the collective intelligence of the team and ensure collective ownership of the outcomes.
Our Trustees retain responsibility for ensuring that the charity is complying with the law, managing its finances well and acting in accordance with its charitable objectives. Trustees meet three times a year to review and approve key decisions and satisfy themselves that the governance model is operating appropriately.
We collaborate across difference and distance. At the moment, we’re focusing on developing our skills around giving and receiving feedback and designing processes to build conflict resilience.
We take time to reflect at the end of projects, meetings and key processes about what has gone well and what we might want to do differently in the future.