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Spokes Council Meeting Process

  • Orientation and Opening (15 minutes)
  • Review Agenda (Discussion Items & Proposals – set in advance with Facilitation)
  • Operation Group/Caucus Report Backs
    • Length: 1 minute maximum for each. If organized as a cluster, 1 min/group. Can request 30 sec more. Groups encouraged to pass if they don’t have report back pertaining to all other Groups.
    • Content:
      • Suggested topics: Wins / Needs / Concerns / Major Activity
      • Mention any Groups with whom you need to check in after Spokes Council
      • Announce next meeting
  • Agenda Items (Discussions / Proposals)
  • Announce Proposals for Next Spokes Council
  • Closing
  • Informal Discussions & Meeting Scheduling 
  • Proposal Flow
    • Proposal Stated
    • à Clarifying Questions (1 minute w/in groups then to Council) 
    • Temperature Check à Passes Unanimously! OR
    • à Break into Caucuses / Operation Groups
      • Questions / Support / Concerns
      • Temp Check
      • Prepare report back
        • Statements of Support / Concerns
        • Friendly Amendments
    • Temperature Check à Passes Unanimously! OR
      • Statements of Support (5)
      • Concerns (5 or more)
      • Respond to Concerns
      • Friendly Amendments
      • Restate Proposal
    • Temperature Check à Passes Unanimously! OR
    • à Break into Caucuses / Operation Groups
      • Unresolved Concerns
      • Temp Check
        • Consent or 90% yes
        • Consent or 90% to Block (serious ethical or safety threat to OWS as a whole)
        • Mixed à Stand Aside
        • Consent to Table the discussion to the next Spokes Council
      • Prepare report back
    • Whole Spokes Council - Test for Consensus
      • Table Discussion?
        • If 1 Caucus or 50% of OGs request to table the proposal an ad hoc group is created to work on the proposal further to bring It to the next Spokes Council
      • Stand Asides?
      • Blocks Stated? (If none à Passes!)
      • Blocks Addressed
        • Opportunity for Blocks to be removed
      • If 1/10th of all OG/Cs Block?  à Defeated
          • May be reworked in an Ad Hoc group
      • Otherwise à Passes!

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