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HARMONIC GOVERNANCE - CIRCLES OF HOPE

Blueprint for a New World Age

Elections by Consent

  1. Review the function/responsibilities that the person to be elected will have and how long the job will be for.

  2. Write your own name on the ballot and the name of your candidate.

  3. Give the ballot to the "election leader."

  4. Lead a go-round by reading one at a time. Make sure that every participant gives the reasons for their choice during a "round" without discussion.

  5. The election leader asks for any changes in the proposed candidates, possibly in a round.

  6. Have open discussion, if needed.

  7. The election leader asks consent (no objection) in a round for the most supported candidate.

  8. The nominated candidate is asked last.

Look out for the following possible mistakes:

  • Don't ask beforehand who has an interest in the job.

  • Don't ask who is not interested.

  • Don't have discussion during the first round.

  • Don't election anyone for an unlimited time.

“Sociocratic elections are like nothing I've ever experienced before. During my first workshop weekend we did an election. It had to be something real so we chose someone to give a review in the evening.

Everyone votes on paper first putting their own name on it as well. The facilitator says, "Ted, you voted for Mabel. Why?" A reason is always given. "Because she already seems to understand this stuff and I think she'd present the material clearly."

You end up saying nice stuff about each other! People feel good and get positive feedback. The facilitator puts the votes in piles for each person and asks if anyone wants to change their vote. Usually people do.

If there's not a clear majority for someone, the facilitator can choose any of the ones most voted for (or even not if they think they can get a 'no objection') and go for a 'no objection' round. The candidate asked about is asked last. Elections are interesting and fun, but most importantly nobody feels like they lost!”