The Board’s Inaugural Meeting

By Charlotte Langdon

This weekend we were able to meet together in the bestyrelse. It took place on the lovely island of Orø in the home of Cathrine Dolleris, which is also a LAND centre (permaculture learning and demonstrations centre) we warmed ourselves by the mass-oven to drink her special blend of fossil-fuel-free tea collected from the local area. We were just missing Dan Fisker but the three new members of the board were present and could be welcomed into the board’s activities and tasks.

Saturday we awoke to a nourishing breakfast, met in a morning-circle where we could check-in and set our intentions for the day. Though we had many points to discuss, we managed what we could and took it step-by-step, prioritising points. We introduced the facilitator role in order to effectivise the meeting. This helped us to focus on the task at hand.

In the board we use sociocratic governance- this is an inclusive and effective method of governance which means we try not to get into discussions but instead, work in a focused manner, towards our common aim. The structure is flat instead of hierarchical. You can read more about sociocratic governance here

We used this facilitation to move forward with our roll-sharing. Which tasks are we interested in? What do we already do in our private projects and how can this support our role in the board? This brings in the principle of least effort for greatest effect, meaning that we can work towards the associations aims without getting extra workload than necessary

It was time to elect a treasurer and a spokesperson. So in order to exercise and practise our work with sociocracy, we tried out the sociocratic election process. This process was very effective and ended in a unanimous vote for Mette Brodersen in the role of treasurer! This was definitely worth celebrating! The last part of the evening was used to look at the most pressing issues- decisions that should be taken, tasks to be dealt out and we climbed into bed a little more tired than when we started the day.

Sunday there was just time to eat breakfast, sing birthday songs and say goodbye for now to each other!