Blueprint for a New World Age

Harmonic Governance - Introduction

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For more on this please see:   Appendix III - COG's Guiding Principles

Four guiding principles form the foundation on which all COG's Circles are built. They are:

1. Consent governs policy decision-making.

For more on this please see:   Appendix IV - Consent, Consensus & Paramount Objections

The consent principle requires that a decision only be made when none of the Circle members present has a reasoned, substantial objection to making the decision.

2. Circle Organization

For more on this please see:   Appendix V - Circle Procedure

Circles are the primary governance unit and the up-dated format developed by COGs is formally known as Harmonic Governance. Circles are semi-autonomous and self-organizing. A circle should be of particular size; big enough for personal matters to give way to an objective approach to the subject under discussion, but small enough not to be unwieldy, so that the quiet atmosphere needed can be secured.

Each circle has its own aim(s) and formulates its own "mission statement", while holding a common vision. The element common to all COG Circles is a commitment to monetary reform, electoral/political reform and to personal growth in terms of speaking our truth and living lives of integrity. We recognise the need to concentrate on positive alternatives rather than dissipating time, energy and money on fighting the System. We use the System creatively where it provides us with a legitimate and effective voice in public affairs – and when it serves our aim of achieving solutions peacefully. Otherwise we are governed by the realisation that this is not a battle that can be won ‘on their turf, using their rules’

With that criteria established, COG’s individual circles may be focused on as broad a spectrum as affordable housing, student debt forgiveness, eliminating our many tax burdens, building community gardens, evolving a Restorative Justice system, influencing city council on budgetary matters, protecting local water quality and control, opposing hospital cut-backs, introducing a home-composting program, supporting Farmers Markets or local potters and artists, or creating soup kitchens for the dispossessed. In other words, they are limited only by our imagination.

In rural communities the process of community-empowerment can begin with something as simple as collectively building root cellars or teaching and practicing wild-crafting, while in urban settings the focus might be on roof and verandah gardens or Emergency preparedness.

Increasingly, as we seek common sense alternatives to much of today’s madness, we find ourselves opposed by ridiculous rules and tangled legislation. As individuals or small groups our voices are seldom heard. As a strong and committed community group we can make things happen for the common good and initiate the process of self-empowerment that begins with the realisation that we are all inter-connected – we are all One.

3. Linking

For more on this please see:   Appendix III - COG's Guiding Principles

COGs chose seven members as being the perfect size for their purpose of harmonising and harnessing community skills, creativity and wisdom at a convenient neighbourhood level. It meets Circle Organisation criteria and allows us to meet in members’ homes, providing us with a common voice with the minimum cost and inconvenience.

Of the seven members, one is elected by consent to facilitate meetings and Circles are encouraged to rotate this position every six months among willing members. The six remaining members, while supporting each other, are divided into two sets of three. The first three, together with the facilitator, give their sole attention to their own Circle, to achieve whatever the Circle’s agenda calls for. The other three, while still primarily focused upon their own Circle are elected by consent to carry out a secondary role; that of acting as a link to three other Circles as they develop. They give their energy and experience to new Circles, when called for, but do not have a right to vote in them.

Those wishing to join COGs are invited to a meeting of an existing Circle and then encouraged, with the support of at least two friends, to launch their own Circle with the assistance of a ‘link’

4. Elections by consent

For more on this please see:   Appendix VI - Elections by Consent

People are elected to functions and tasks by consent after open discussion.

Additional agreements:

To supplement the four main principles and to help maintain equivalence between participating members, the following agreements are followed:

  • Everyone has a right to be part of a decision that affects them.

  • Every decision may be re-examined at any time.

  • No secrets may be kept.

  • Everything is open to discussion, without exception.