Governance at Collective Agency

These three criteria must be met for a Collective Agency vote to ‘be voted yes by members’ if it might not pass if voted on, and if it: changes policy, or if it’s something like furniture, isn’t easily changed back.

‘Simple majority': 

a) More members voted yes than no = more voted (‘very much yes’ and ‘yes’) than (‘very much no’ and ‘no’).

‘Modified consensus':

b) Less than 15% of all members vote ‘very much no’, including all members who saw the question and didn’t answer it but answered other questions.

c) At least the same number of members who voted ‘very much no’ voted ‘very much yes’.


Why: modified consensus for stability.

For members to change or add something to the terms of service at Collective Agency, or if a member wants to put something to a vote:

  • You can propose something and if it seems from asking some members in person that it might pass, it’ll be put to a vote.
  • Voting choices are: ‘very much no’, ‘no’, ‘no preference (skip this question)’, ‘yes’, ‘very much yes’.
  • For decisions specific to a location (Montavilla or Division or Downtown), only members who work at that location as their main location get to vote. “Main location” is the office they work at most of the time, or if they have a reserved desk it’s that location.
  • Members can vote conditionally: ‘I vote ‘very much no’ because of ____’ and if that criteria is met, it would no longer be a ‘very much no’.
  • There isn’t any ‘gaming of the system’, since that would be against the Community Guidelines. Voting, as with everything else, is within the Community Guidelines, and on governance issues, also within the Governance Guidelines.

Context for the above concepts in various communities:

  • ‘Very much yes’ is also known as ‘fuck yes’, ‘enthusiastic consent’, or ‘consent’.
  • Decisions specific to people at a location or people doing the work is known as ‘local control’ or ‘subsidiarity’.
  • Conditional voting on ‘very much no’ is part of a ‘hard block’ in ‘modified consensus’.

Collective Agency is a ‘self-governing community’, a ‘workplace democracy’. The weekly meetings at each location are the main way members learn about and participate in governance here.