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<span style="font-size:medium">'''General Assembly Process Proposal''' - '''Draft'''<br/></span>
  
<span style="font-size:medium">This proposal is intended as a draft for the OB Facilitation Working Group to review, discuss, and reach consensus on a version to be workshopped in at least one public meeting before being presented to the general assembly for consideration.</span>
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<span style="font-size:medium">As it stands, the GA consensus-making process is in danger of evolving into an overly complex, rigid, majoritarian voting process that leaves little room for quieter voices to be heard. This proposal is an attempt to replace this process with one that makes room for each and every member of the GA to contribute their ideas, while still keeping the GAs running as efficiently as possible. It is inspired by both CT Butler’s ''Consensus for Cities of 100,000'' and the OWS Structure Working Group’s “spokescouncil” proposal.</span>
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<span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: underline;  vertical-align: baseline" id="internal-source-marker_0.1003827921581989">Introduction</span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">As</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">it stands, the GA consensus-making process is in danger of evolving</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">into an overly complex, rigid, majoritarian voting process that leaves little room for quieter voices to be heard. This proposal is an attempt to replace this process with one that makes room for each and every member of the GA to contribute their ideas, while still keeping the GAs running as efficiently as possible. It is inspired by both CT Butler’s </span><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: italic;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">Consensus for Cities of 100,000</span><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">and the OWS Structure Working Group’s “spokescouncil” proposal.</span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: underline;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: underline;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: underline;  vertical-align: baseline">Proposal</span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: underline;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">The</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">process of introductions, working group announcements, and individual&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">announcements is left unchanged. The following process details how&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">proposals will be considered by the GA.</span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">1. Presentation</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">&nbsp; -&nbsp; The individual or working group will read aloud their proposal and provide written copies as current guidelines state.</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">2. Clarification</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">&nbsp; -&nbsp; The floor will be open to the general assembly for anyone to ask questions of clarification and offer points of information.</span></span><br/><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">3. Small Group Discussion</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">&nbsp; - The&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">facilitators will divide the GA into groups of approximately 4 - 8</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">people. If possible, the presenters will sit among the small groups. These groups will discuss the proposal for about 15 minutes. Groups are encouraged to go around in a circle and allow every member to speak using a “round stack.” Facilitators will be present to help the groups&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">stay focused. The small groups will come to one of the following:</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span></span>
  
  
  
<span style="font-size:medium">&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline">Proposal</span></span>
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<span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">Consensus</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">&nbsp; -&nbsp; The</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">group agrees that passing the proposal is in the best interests of&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">Occupy Boston. They can voice objections or concerns raised in their</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">discussion.</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span></span>
  
<span style="font-size:medium">The process of introductions, working group announcements, and individual announcements are left unchanged and up to the discretion of the OB Facilitation Working Group. This proposal details how proposals will be considered by the GA.</span>
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<span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">No Consensus</span></span><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">&nbsp; -&nbsp; The group is unable to reach consensus on the proposal or any potential amendments.</span></span>
  
#<span style="font-size:medium">Presentation&nbsp; -&nbsp; The individual or working groups will read aloud their proposal and provide written copies as current guidelines state.</span>
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<span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">Amended Consensus&nbsp; -&nbsp; The group reaches consensus on the proposal with amendments they have agreed upon.</span></span>
#<span style="font-size:medium">Clarification&nbsp; -&nbsp; The floor will be open to the general assembly for anyone to ask questions of clarification and offer points of information</span>
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<span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline">4. General Assembly Regrouping</span><br/></span>
#<span style="font-size:medium">Small Group Discussion&nbsp; -&nbsp; The facilitators will divide the GA into groups of approximately 10 people, depending on the size of the GA. If possible, the facilitators will also divide the group that presented the proposal among the groups. These groups will discuss the proposal as presented for approximately 20 – 30 minutes. Facilitators should monitor the process to ensure that groups stay on focus and that every member has a chance to speak.</span>
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<span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">Each</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline">small group designates an individual to present their consensus for</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline">them to the GA. These individuals are not decision-makers. They are responsible for presenting the diversity of their group’s views, and can</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline">be recalled at any time.</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">First,</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">GA will hear from groups that have reached consensus, then, from those</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">that have not reached consensus, and finally, from those that have an amended consensus. Facilitators will encourage discussion across the groups and can check for consensus if one is apparent. If not, facilitators can call for a return to Small Group Discussions, with the</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">cycle to be repeated as long as the GA requires.</span><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"><br/>5. Check for Consensus</span><br/></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline">&nbsp;Before</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">moving on to voting, the facilitators will explain and ask for blocks.</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">The rules for blocks remain unchanged; a 75% vote is needed to ensure a block is defense of the community’s principles and 10% is needed to confirm it. If there are no blocks, the facilitators can ask the general</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">assembly for a formal consensus with a show of hands.</span><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">This</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">proposal should be considered a working draft and is open to revision.</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">n particular, facilitator roles will need to be revised, and it is suggested that the facilitator introduction be modified to clarify the</span></span><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">following points:</span><br/><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline"></span></span>
#*<span style="font-size:medium">Consensus&nbsp; -&nbsp; The group agrees that passing the proposal is in the best interests of Occupy Boston. The group has the option of presenting any objections or concerns raised that remain unresolved to be addressed at a later date.</span>
 
#*<span style="font-size:medium">Amended Consensus&nbsp; -&nbsp; The group reaches consensus on the proposal with amendments they have agreed upon. The option to register concerns remains.</span>
 
#*<span style="font-size:medium">No Consensus&nbsp; -&nbsp; The group fails to reach consensus on the proposal or any potential amendments.</span>
 
#<span style="font-size:medium"></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">Regroup&nbsp; -&nbsp; The GA regroups in the “spokescouncil” arrangement. Each small group designates a “spoke” to present their consensus (or lack, thereof), to the GA, with other members groiprd directly behind. Spokes have no authority and are not decision-makers; they are responsible for presenting the diversity of their group’s views, and can be recalled at any time. Facilitators are free to encourage discussion among the spokescouncil and can check for consensus if one is apparent. If not, facilitators can call for a return to Small Group Discussions, with the cycle to be repeated as long as the GA requests.</span>
 
#<span style="font-size:medium">Check for Consensus&nbsp; -&nbsp; Before moving on to consensus, the facilitators will explain and ask for blocks. The rules for blocks remain unchanged; a 75% vote is needed to ensure a block is defense of the community’s principles and 10% is needed to confirm it. If there are no blocks, the facilitators can ask the spokescouncil for a formal consensus with a show of hands. The proposal will be shared and publicized as usual, including any registered objections or concerns.</span>
 
  
<span style="font-size:medium">&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">This proposal should be considered a working draft and is open to revision. In particular, facilitator roles will need to be revised, and it is suggested that the facilitator introduction be modified to clarify the following points:</span>
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*<span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline">The role of the General Assembly is to represent Occupy Boston as a whole and define its relationship with the greater Occupy movement, as well as make important financial and legal decisions related to the movement</span></span>
  
*<span style="font-size:medium">The role of the General Assembly is to represent Occupy Boston as a whole and define its relationship with the greater Occupy movement, as well as make important financial and legal decisions related to the movement.</span>
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*<span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">The</span><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">goal of the GA should be to pass any and all proposals presented to it; all members should cooperate to improve them and make them more </span><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">inclusive of their needs</span></span>
  
*<span style="font-size:medium">The goal of the GA should be to pass any and all proposals presented to it; all members should cooperate to improve them and make them more inclusive of their needs.</span>
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*<span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">Any</span><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">proposal presented to the GA does not belong to its proposers, but</span><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">rather to the GA as a whole. The proposal process is a peaceful, </span><span style="font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">cooperative, and safe environment</span></span>
  
*<span style="font-size:medium">Any proposal presented to the GA does not belong to its proposers, but rather to the GA as a whole. The proposal process is a peaceful, cooperative, and safe environment.</span>
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*<span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family: Cambria;  color: rgb(0, 0, 0);  background-color: transparent;  font-weight: normal;  font-style: normal;  font-variant: normal;  text-decoration: none;  vertical-align: baseline">Proposals (and blocks) should be considered within the context of the community’s stated values and goals.</span><br/></span>
  
*<span style="font-size:medium">Proposals (and blocks) should be considered within the context of the community’s stated values and goals.</span>
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Revision as of 11:28, 11 November 2011


General Assembly Process Proposal - Draft


Introduction

As
it stands, the GA consensus-making process is in danger of evolvinginto an overly complex, rigid, majoritarian voting process that leaves little room for quieter voices to be heard. This proposal is an attempt to replace this process with one that makes room for each and every member of the GA to contribute their ideas, while still keeping the GAs running as efficiently as possible. It is inspired by both CT Butler’s Consensus for Cities of 100,000and the OWS Structure Working Group’s “spokescouncil” proposal.


Proposal

The
process of introductions, working group announcements, and individual announcements is left unchanged. The following process details how proposals will be considered by the GA.

1. Presentation
  -  The individual or working group will read aloud their proposal and provide written copies as current guidelines state.
2. Clarification
  -  The floor will be open to the general assembly for anyone to ask questions of clarification and offer points of information.
3. Small Group Discussion  - The facilitators will divide the GA into groups of approximately 4 - 8people. If possible, the presenters will sit among the small groups. These groups will discuss the proposal for about 15 minutes. Groups are encouraged to go around in a circle and allow every member to speak using a “round stack.” Facilitators will be present to help the groups stay focused. The small groups will come to one of the following:


Consensus  -  Thegroup agrees that passing the proposal is in the best interests of Occupy Boston. They can voice objections or concerns raised in theirdiscussion.

No Consensus  -  The group is unable to reach consensus on the proposal or any potential amendments.

Amended Consensus  -  The group reaches consensus on the proposal with amendments they have agreed upon.
4. General Assembly Regrouping
Eachsmall group designates an individual to present their consensus forthem to the GA. These individuals are not decision-makers. They are responsible for presenting the diversity of their group’s views, and canbe recalled at any time.First,GA will hear from groups that have reached consensus, then, from thosethat have not reached consensus, and finally, from those that have an amended consensus. Facilitators will encourage discussion across the groups and can check for consensus if one is apparent. If not, facilitators can call for a return to Small Group Discussions, with thecycle to be repeated as long as the GA requires.

5. Check for Consensus

 Beforemoving on to voting, the facilitators will explain and ask for blocks.The rules for blocks remain unchanged; a 75% vote is needed to ensure a block is defense of the community’s principles and 10% is needed to confirm it. If there are no blocks, the facilitators can ask the generalassembly for a formal consensus with a show of hands.



This
proposal should be considered a working draft and is open to revision.n particular, facilitator roles will need to be revised, and it is suggested that the facilitator introduction be modified to clarify thefollowing points:

  • The role of the General Assembly is to represent Occupy Boston as a whole and define its relationship with the greater Occupy movement, as well as make important financial and legal decisions related to the movement
  • Thegoal of the GA should be to pass any and all proposals presented to it; all members should cooperate to improve them and make them more inclusive of their needs
  • Anyproposal presented to the GA does not belong to its proposers, butrather to the GA as a whole. The proposal process is a peaceful, cooperative, and safe environment
  • Proposals (and blocks) should be considered within the context of the community’s stated values and goals.