Challenge of Past Governing Structure and Suggestion for a new structure

Why there is little involvement in BACE now? I am looking at the old blog posts and trying to get a sense of the history of BACE. It sounds like a lot of people wanted to be engaged, and that is wonderful. At the same time, I am sensing that the structure was not serving busy people who need very efficient meetings where they feel productive. Also, I’m guessing that people just got really busy, and the am0unt of time they put into BACE.



This post describes a transition from BACE being governed by a board, to being governed by whoever does stuff.

This paragraph describes what happened when most of the experienced members dropped out and new people stepped up to try to save BACE

The BACE “board” becomes the BACE “staff”.  After much discussion, the BACE staff has decided to change the language we use to talk about our work.  Instead of a “board” doing “governance,” a “volunteer staff” would handle “administration.” We are a do-ocracy; the board has been essentially whoever shows up at meetings, not an exclusive decision-making group. The new vocabulary is meant to communicate inclusivity. You can comment by emailing support(at)bace(dot)org.”

Recommendation: Sociocracy as a governance model

We will talk about this at the June 1st meeting.

Here is an excerpt from the website describing Sociocracy

Sociocracy is a whole systems governance method that makes collaboration, self-organization, and distributed authority practical and effective. It is applicable in corporations as well as in neighborhood associations. It requires transparency inclusiveness, and accountability–the characteristics of any good method of governance. It combines the values and traditions of democracy with the methods of sociocracy producine a deeper democracy.”


 Sociocracy is increasingly being adopted by communities and non-profits. The Mutual Aid Networks, which has a very similar purpose to BACE, has adopted this as their form of governance. We can ask questions of Stephanie Rearick, who developed a 2800 member time bank and is founder of MANs, and who advocates using this method. She will be presenting workshops this Friday and Saturday 

What do you think about having a democratic structure to help people get organized?

What are your thoughts on “do-ocracy”–which is described in the blog post from BACE.

What other input do you have?


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