Circles are official committees/working groups/councils/syndicates working in specific issue areas to develop, enhance and fully realize the vision of Cosmos. Their work is largely informed by, and informs, the Codex.
— The Tech Circle would advance the technological development of Cosmos including integrations, adoptions, protocols, etc.
— The Community Systems Circle would advance policies, standards, methods, etc. to promote thriving, interconnected communities and member participation within Cosmos.
— The Communications Circle would advance high-quality communications, marketing and outreach materials to reach diverse individuals in an inspiring way consistent with Cosmos ethics/identity.
— Other circles TBD
Discussion happens in the Cosmos > [Name of Specific Circle] channel. Circle channels are accessible to view and reply by paying members of Cosmos. To become a decision-making member of a circle, you would join a group. Only those in the group have ability to create topics in the respective Circle channel. These channels are visible only to members, not to the general public.
Meetings will happen through Appointly and Zoom Conference. A circle will need to reserve the virtual “room” at the time they want to have their meeting. Then participants can join by video conference.
Circle membership is possible by invitation from an existing Circle member. Go to the Group page (hamburger icon beside your avatar at the top right bar on Infinite Conversations), click the Circle you want to join, and click the button for “Request to Join Group.” A circle member will then respond to your request.
The objective of the circles is to:
- define the strategy for moving forward on the unanswered questions and problems facing the respective domains (tech, community systems, communications, etc.)
- generating proposals for solutions, soliciting for input, and coming to decisions
- identifying pragmatics: how to accomplish their strategy, i.e. budget, human resources/skills needed, timeline, metrics for success/growth, etc.
- coordinating & communicating their particular work with the broader membership community, the other circles, and the creative-executive nexus
The ethic of circles are:
- dedicated/motivated, and urgent, with a charge to better serve the members through innovation and high-integrity work
- collaborative/integrative, with circles seeking to build on previous work and proceed with “what is the next smallest solution that can have the greatest yield?” thus building successful structures little by little, progressively. Circles will seek and incorporate feedback avidly to ensure they are best serving the full membership’s interest, and will make it a point to measure/analyze outcomes of changes.
- experimental/iterative (using methodologies such as agile, rapid prototyping, etc. to test out new ideas before trying it on a broad scale)
*Note: we do not mean “circles” the way Holocracy means “circles,” although we are open to exploring more about the Holocracy process. Our “circles” are synonymous for “committees” or “working groups” in a start-up organization. The process by which circles organize will be open-ended, dialogic and cooperative in nature, but no particular procedures or protocols are obligatory for circles at this time.
At this time, we have not defined any compensation or equity structures according with circle participation.