**How I feel about:**
Something important to me is to all agree on the way we want to make desicions. If this is not clear mostly people act as their would be a structure they're used to. Means we could easly fall into dominative patterns.
My interest is to find a healthy way in organizing with a flat structure. I see power hiercys and structural supported hieracys as one of the biggest challenges in the world.
Why desicion finding?
Well we do it anyway many times per day. The question for me is how do we come to them and how do we organize a group around it.
Something we agree on the way we like to come to desicions when it comes to organizing/hosting the event in berlin
Starting always with yourself and understand where the desicions are comming from you're doing.
Be open, be honest, be kind - try to understand, try to be clear, try be supportive
All of the desicion we're doing are effecting others. Some more, some less.
So when any group desicion starts from individuals lets then start with awarness
Start here! As the person taking action, it's really important to first have a dialogue with yourself. Do you have internal consent to perform this action? Also think about:
Who is affected? How are they affected? How strongly are they affected? Why are things the way they are right now?
Can you see unintended consequences? How much energy would it take you to reverse your actions?
Do other people know what’s happening? Can they easily get involved if they want to?
Some extra questions you can ask yourself for bonus self-awareness
Am I the right person to handle this Situation? Is this truly my responsibility to solve? No? OK, who is the right Situation handler? Have I triangulated the facts? Have I discovered multiple different perspectives regarding the Situation? What has happened to the facts as I’ve looked at them through different lenses? What has this triangulation told me about my sources of information?
Do I have complete context? For this given situation, do I have all the essential facts, opinions, and lies surrounding the situation? Have all relevant, affected, and interested parties who care about the Situation weighed in?
What is the track record of my sources of information? Do I trust the sources of information? If I have a track record with these humans, how does that color the information they provided? Do I understand the nature of the biases of those providing the information? Am I clear what they have to lose or gain by sharing this information? Do they volunteer these losses or gains as part of my discovery?
What inconsistencies in facts have been discovered and do I understand the nature of those inconsistencies? I’m not looking for resolution for inconsistencies, just the nature. He and she disagree on principle. He didn’t have all the essential facts so it kind’a looks like he’s lying.
Do I understand my biases relative to the Situation? If my role in this Situation is to make a decision, part of understanding involves understanding my bias. With this understanding of bias in hand, am I still the right person to make an informed call here?
Do I understand my emotional state relative to the issue at hand? A sure-fire way to bias my judgment is emotion. Like bias, it is nigh impossible to separate my emotions from an issue, whether those emotions are positive, negative, or a bit of both. Am I clear how emotion is affecting me relative to this decision? If it’s affecting me negatively, will cool-down time help? No, OK, who is a better neutral party who can make a decision here?
A close to final test for me is: Can I coherently explain multiple perspectives of the Situation? What happens when I explain one perspective of the Situation to a neutral party? How about when I explain the competing perspective? If I can effectively explain the Situation and its complexity from both perspectives and with a distinct lack of emotion, I’m close.
Now that you're hyper-self-aware, here are three modes of "Awesome Active Autonomy" you can consider using:
Just-do-it: Simply go ahead. Go on, try it! (a.k.a. Doocracy)
I-will-do-it: Announce that you plan to do something by HH-DD-MM-YYYY. Be sure to listen to any feedback you receive.
Ask-for-advice: Ask each person that you think might be affected for their advice (not their authorization). You can also tell them about your great idea but first ask for - and listen to - whatever advice they might have. (a.k.a. Advice Process)
Watch out for some of these non-awesome, potential side-effects:
Tyranny. If the same people keep doing the same stuff, a concentration of knowledge and experience will grow. This is not a bad thing - it is specialization - but can lead to informal power hierarchies (boo).
Passivity. The effect on people who assume that the person who did something a hundred times will continue doing it.
Burnout. The person who did that thing a hundred times? Yeah, they're pretty tired now.
Passive aggressiveness. If several people rapidly change each others work without considering it, it can be disrespectful and lead to informal or formal conflict.
Confusion. If many people are doing many things simultaneously without connecting this can lead to wasted energy of people doing the same things.
Waste. If multiple people do the same thing without realizing there can be a loss of efficiency. (See Going to group)
To remedy: Keep reminding yourself and others to communicate well and often and keep knowledge accessible. Consider mentoring other people in what you do so they can learn by experience - by rotating and having many people able to do many things, the group builds resilience and flexibility. Confront conflicts constructively as soon you see them and be humble.
If there's a desicion need to be made and it's effecting the group take the knowledge and the feedback from the group in count. If you know in forhand that it will effect the group (in a way that you don't like to decide by yourself) there are different aproaches to start.
- One is to start with presenting the informations and checking resistance. If there are none, make shure that non of the people may just didn't expressed their resistance. If anything is fine, move on.
If there's resistance start going through the cirlce of "dreaming - planing - doing - sharing"
And set up in the end of the planning phase a syscon.
- another way would be to start the full process with the group, like directly starting from dragon dreaming