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Welcome to the experimental CNVC Board section of NVCwiki. The goal of this area is to eventually enable CNVC Board members and others they might select, to edit official documents. It is our hope that two needs may be met in this way. First, the international CNVC Board will be able to collaborate on the creation of official documents by using this wiki interface. Second, anyone interested in better understanding CNVC decisions will be able to watch the documents evolve and add their own comments and suggestions in the Public Comment areas.

This introduction was written by John Wiley, and represents his views only. After this section has been explored by other Board members it might be voted on to become an official CNVC section, but at this point it is unofficial.

Board Policies

Click here to view and edit (protected) the Board Policies.



GCC Draft Proposal

A proposal to create a global leadership group that is inclusive, responsive to, and representative of the entire global NVC community (for example by including Sociocratically elected members) and linked into the CNVC board in a manner that allows for effective overall cooperation.


Initially created at the Albuquerque Strategy Session, 19 – 20 March 2006

Group Present: Marshall Rosenberg, Valentina Rosenberg, Jori Manske, Jim Manske, John Buck, Stefan Wisbauer, Barbara Larson.

Proposal to the Board and Network.

The following proposal is offered to the Board of CNVC for consent:

The Board is establishing procedures to ensure representation by inviting present large geographic groups of one or more country involved in NVC to nominate representatives by consent of their group to a newly constituted Global Coordinating Circle (GCC), which will serve as the guiding body for the international NVC community including CNVC. Due to U.S. non-profit corporate law, GCC representatives would not automatically become CNVC Board members although GCC representatives' consent will carry equal Sociocratic weight in Board decisions.

The following is offered as background, support and definition for this proposal:

1. Observations

The NVC movement has seen impressive growth in recent years and is conducting an impressive breadth of activities in a large number of geographies. Strong potential exists for further growth and meaningful contribution by the overall movement to the vision (a world where all people have access to getting their needs met, resolving their conflicts peacefully and creating and participating in networks of worldwide life-serving systems in economics, education, justice, healthcare, and peace-keeping) and mission of CNVC (to contribute to this vision by facilitating the creation of life-serving systems within ourselves, interpersonally, and within organizations). Stronger connections are possible within the movement to coordinate activities, support each other, share ideas and information etc. The organizational structure could meet more needs of stake-holders for clarity, connection, identity, contribution, and meaning.

2. Intention

Any models or strategies for organizing such connections be in harmony with the mission and principles of the NVC process and consciousness. This proposal aims to address some of the needs mentioned but additional strategies may be adopted over time to address the wider network’s and its members’ needs in full. The next section is intended to outline initial change suggestions to begin an organizational transformation process that leads to a dynamically adapting life-serving system and that serves the network’s needs while living the process of NVC in the overall community

3. Proposed Strategy

Create a ‘Global Coordinating Circle’ (GCC) to serve as the guiding body for the international NVC community and CNVC with the following key roles:

  • Visioning / developing strategies for the NVC movement: what contribution to the world will the international NVC organization make?
  • Fueling of connection for the overall NVC community
  • Fueling of organizational adaptation and evolution, initially focused on promoting the establishment of global circles (including the promotion of sociocracy and/or other methods of ‘non-violent’ organizing).
  • Promoting the establishment and sharing of "leaderful" strategies for running NVC practice groups that could be replicated with or without trainers.
  • Creating greater clarity around initiatives and projects and fundraising to support them.
  • Directing, with a service attitude, the overall movement including CNVC.
  • Hiring and reviewing the performance of the CEO of CNVC.
  • Being responsible for the financial health, sustainability, but not the lawful responsibilities and actions of CNVC, its staff, and charter so long as CNVC exists as a legal 501-C(3) entity.

Specific short-term tasks

  • Search for and recommend to the CNVC Board the hiring of a permanent CEO for CNVC.
  • Determine the kinds of decisions the GCC will make; how the GCC will stay connected to the global NVC movement; and the relationship between the GCC and CNVC Board and Staff, creating clearly differentiated areas of responsibility that can be measured and evaluated.
  • Affirm or modify the current CNVC budget by recommendation to the Board.
  • Work to create clarity about the legal requirements and responsibilities of the CNVC board and the GCC (for example, how income and expenses are handled; how agreements between CNVC and others are handled, eg copyrights, royalties; and clarifying ownership of assets and liabilities currently held by CNVC).

Long-term perpetuation and representation strategy to determine GCC membership

Establishment of the GCC:

  • All current board members will automatically be members of the GCC.
  • An election process amongst the network is proposed to nominate further members to ensure regional representation.
  • Regions will be self-organizing and will be made of large geographic areas that span the totality of one or more countries based on the current number of certified trainers in the area.
  • Those nominated from the network will be added to the GCC by its existing members if those members deem that the nominee can contribute together to the vision and mission of GCC with ease.

Functioning:
The GCC would meet by phone on a monthly basis initially, and self determine when and how often they will meet in order to fulfill their functions.

4. Ideas for consideration by the GCC

The group has the following suggestions for the GCC to consider:

  • Creating a ‘live platform’ for connecting the network and the sharing of celebration, mourning, requests (general, to GCC, to others ...), sharing evidence of NVC impact and ideas within the network (i.e. some form of blog / wiki / ...).
  • Encouraging and supporting new strategies for sharing NVC materials more widely, e.g. podcasting.
  • Facilitating connections between training participants with each other and the wider NVC community, e.g. by encouraging giraffe conventions at local, national and international levels and / or creating e-platforms that support such connections.
  • Offering easy access to concrete opportunities for the network or anyone to contribute to NVC initiatives, funding or any other forms of support.

5. Invitation to the network

The network is encouraged to:

  • Submit comments on the creation / role and membership of the envisaged GCC.
  • Propose members for election in their region to the GCC.
  • Suggest organizational strategies for the initial GCC to consider.
  • Pose other specific proposals or requests to the GCC.

6. Suggested requests to groups in the network:

To nominate a candidate for the GCC:

  • Join with other centers in a country and/or language groups to nominate someone to the GCC by consent within the extended community who has the trust of community.
  • State how many were directly involved in this choice and geographic regions represented.
  • To provide the GCC with information about the state of the network, gather information and provide it to the GCC about the scope of your community. This report could include:
    • Number of participants, certified trainers.
    • Geography of those included.
    • What projects and work are happening in your community.
    • Intentions for your community.
    • Mission for your community.
    • Structure or organization of your community.
    • Synergistic partners, individuals and organizations involved with your community.
    • Fundraising in or for your community.
    • How many people are in your community's database, how many practice groups, number of trainings, who offered training.

-end of GCC Draft Proposal-

==Public Discussion== Click to read public discussion and Board responses or to add any comments you would like share with the Board.



Criteria For CEO Selection

The following characteristics are offered for consideration in generating a List of Criteria for selection of a CEO for CNVC:

Required

  • Extensive experience with NVC, including the work of Robert Gonzales.
  • Passion for contribution to the CNVC mission.
  • Ability to maintain NVC consciousness in stressful and conflictual situations.
  • History of collaboration and team building in NVC community.
  • Experience with managing budgets.
  • Familiarity with U.S. labor & non-profit laws and regulations.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Experience using NVC in business or non-profit management.

Preferred

  • CNVC Certified Trainer.
  • Training and familiarity with Sociocracy and Chaordic principles.
  • Mediation experience.
  • Non-profit management experience.
  • Experience working with media (public relations).
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Multilingual.
  • Permanent U.S. work visa.
  • Well-travelled.
  • Experience or familiarity with common computer applications and networks.
  • Leadership experience with collaboration between staff and global customer base.

==Public Discussion== Click to read public discussion and Board responses or to add any comments you would like share with the Board.



Proposed Board Agenda - May Meeting

Agenda for May 10 Board conference call meeting, currently scheduled for 8am PT / 5pm CET.

  • Note: to find out the current Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and Universal Time (UTC, which is the same as GMT), you can visit this website by clicking on this link:

Current Time (USN)

  • 1700 CET Check in and consent to observer policy (~20 min)
  • 1725-Consent agenda (~5 min)
    • Liz Gay is welcomed to the Board for the remainder of 2006 per the nomination from the Asia Pacific Circle.
    • The GCC Proposal is adopted as a working document for the structure of CNVC.
    • Board Members will review the current Board Policies in preparation for determining the next steps for updating the Board Policies at the June 2006 Board meeting in order to be in congruence with working policies.
    • Board Members will review what needs are met and unmet by the role of the interim director position and Jori's work in relation to this role, and be prepared for this evaluation at the June 2006 Board meeting for decision on 3-month renewal until Sept 30, 2006, and determination of next steps.
  • 1730-Election of Secretary and Vice President (~20 min)

For elections:

  • Terms: 1 year
  • Responsibilities:
    • Secretary:
      • Provide Board minutes for review by the Board and for distribution
      • Maintain/update Board policies
    • Vice President:
      • Track Board agreements for agenda items
      • Assume President's responsibilities in President's absence
  • 1750-Discussion of database, wiki, blog and other technology support options (~10 min, John)
  • 1800-Discuss NVC World and how to make the best use of Linnaea’s energies both past and present (±10 minutes - Godfrey).
  • 1810-Discuss change to certification-renewal process from percentage of net gains to a Membership Fee (±10 min, Godfrey).
  • 1820-“The Board agreed that all CNVC bodies would do their best to live the process of Nonviolent Communication” (~2 min, Godfrey)
  • 1822-Update on GCC process (John B.? Stefan? ~3 min)
  • 1825-Board meeting location, frequency and review of Needs/strategies.(~10 min)
  • 1835-Additional Discussion, additional Agenda Items, or Observer feedback (10 min)
  • 1845-Board check out: what worked and didn't work?

Other Items Proposed

The following agenda items were also proposed, and along with any that arise during the meeting could be considered for addition if time permits

  • Certification status of trainers in Belgium. (Godfrey)
  • Proposal: that the next in-person meeting in Atlanta be cancelled and that someone (tbd) propose an alternative board regulation looking to provide more flexibility in strategy in order to meet the board member's and organization's needs - 10 mins

==Public Discussion== Click to read public discussion and Board responses or to add any comments you would like share with the Board.



How To Edit

Once you have logged in you can click "edit" on the right margin of the section you're interested in to open an editing window and then scroll down in the text to add your own comments, or do so on the discussion page. Insert empty lines to get paragraph breaks.

  • Put an asterisk * at the start of a line to make it a bullet item.
  1. Put a pound sign # at the start of a line to make it a numbered item.

Most web browsers will display buttons at the top of the editing windows allow you to create headers, etc.

You can experiment with editing just by clicking "edit" and typing something in, and then clicking "Show preview" at the very bottom (rather than "Save page") to see what your changes look like. If you don't like how it came out you can continue editing or just click on "cancel" to the right of "Save page" or on "article" at the top to bail out completely without making any permanent changes.

Even if you save changes you don't like, it's easy in the wiki interface to revert to previous versions. See the "history" function at the very top to get a sense of that. History is also great for finding out who made which changes and comparing different versions with colors to show which parts are different.

Be sure to also check out the "Recent changes" item in the "navigation" menu on the left. With that feature you can quickly see what has been written on the entire site, rather than looking up each item individually. Since the contributions on the site right now are mostly related to Board business, you'll probably see our discussions on the first page displayed.

If you'd like to experiment, click "edit" in the right margin next to the title of this section and type in your text in the line below this one. If you have questions, this would be a great place to ask them since others could see and learn from them too.



Experiment here



Proposal by Jori regarding meeting preparation

To use our time together with more ease, clarity and effectiveness, we will prepare for our meetings:

>The President or Facilitator chooses a facilitator at each meeting for the next meeting and asks for consent.

>Voting members post and edit items proposed for the next agenda at http://en.nvcwiki.com/index.php/NVC_Board.

>New proposals are sent by email also to Members. All comments and edits will be posted to the Wiki.

>The Secretary supports Members using the Wiki by posting and with instruction as needed.

>Voting members check the Wiki by Friday of each week and makes edits agenda items to support our moving toward consent.

>Facilitator will prepare an agenda 10 days before the meeting and post on the Wiki and email to Members for final review. (For this month: 14 June - unless changed)

>Facilitator will send final agenda to Members 1 week before scheduled meeting.

>Exec. Dir. will post the final agenda to the network with conference details

Consent agenda procedures:

>Only items that have had all objections addressed will be listed on the consent agenda

>Items on the consent agenda will go directly to a voiced round for consent at the meeting.

>Items on the consent agenda that have a paramount objection at the meeting will go back to the Wiki.

>Items not ready for the consent agenda, and may be moved to a proposal for a full consent process.

Comment S Wisbauer: I fully support this proposal



CNVC IT Committee

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