Adopt Board Bylaws

Goal: Adopt board bylaws on November 14th’s board meeting

Steps:
Deborah drafts bylaws
Lawyers draft bylaws
Board give feedback on bylaws
Lawyers sign off on bylaws
Board votes to adopt bylaws

Important Documents

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Hey @michael, take a look at the first draft of our bylaws here! Would you be available to discuss it next week Thursday between 11 and 2pm?

Yes, I can review and we can discuss at 11 am next Thursday.

I’ll send a calendar invite :slight_smile:

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Yay!

Also, here’s a 45 minute video training on Sociocracy that’s key to understanding the bylaws and to stepping into the facilitator role: http://sociocracyforall.org/moose/. Check it out.

And, kudos for the quick response. Thought you might like the shout-out. :slightly_smiling_face:

Michael, could you send that calendar invite? Or, you can pass that task on to me since scheduling is a strength of mine!

Hey I sent the calendar invite Sunday night. Let me check if you got it.

Thanks for checking! I just accepted the calendar invite.

Hey @rachelkate.miller @Farzana-Pritte and @kddennis,

Michael and I met today to give the bylaws a first pass and it’s now ready for your review! Here’s how to do that

  1. Read Many Voices One Song: Shared Power with Sociocracy to get an understanding of Sociocracy. If you have time, you’ll also really benefit from going through the first resource on that post: Work through this 45 Minute Interactive Self-Study Tool.
  2. Read our draft Bylaws and add comments directly to that document.
  3. Give those comments (or just a “no comment, this looks great!”) before Thursday October 24th at 10am because Michael and I will be meeting that day to review your feedback and make additional changes.

How does that sound?

@rachelkate.miller @Farzana-Pritte @kddennis, reminder to skim the Bylaws and add comments (or simply respond to this message with a “+1” [that adds a heart to this post :heart:]). @michael and I are meeting tomorrow to finalize our bylaws proposal! We also have a conflict of interest policy that you can (optionally) skim.

AH, I didn’t realize you were meeting today. I was going to read them this weekend, I will try yo read them this morning. Thanks!

Thanks for getting to this! Your comments were super helpful. Take a look at how we responded and let us know what you think! Michael and I are meeting again on Friday, November 1st at 11:45am to review the bylaws one more time and get them ready for the November board meeting.

Sorry about that, I have read over and added some comments.

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Update! I just had a conversation with Verónica and Alex, two of our amazing lawyers. They proposed the following:

  • What we’ve been calling the Bylaws, they’ll break up into 1) Bylaws and 2) a Policy and Procedures document. The goal of the Bylaws is to make #NYCEDU legally compliant. The Policy and Procedures document will govern more the day to day decision making, particularly around Sociocracy.
  • The Bylaws will be written to be as flexible as possible to allow us room to govern the way we’d like, but in case there’s a conflict between what we currently have written and what’s legally required for nonprofits, we’ll need to make sure we’re being legally compliant. (I don’t think there’s an argument there :slightly_smiling_face:)
  • Alex and Verónica will come back to us with draft Bylaws by November 26th. It’ll be based on the Lawyer’s Alliance template so will look different, but, to the extent possible, it’ll lift language from what we currently have. I’m meeting with them at 10am that day.

Will say more at our board meeting tonight to answer any questions and hear any input, but wanted to write it out as well.

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@board-circle Our lawyers have returned with draft bylaws! Take a look and leave your comments. Would a deadline of one week from now (December 18th) be reasonable for you all?

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@deborahchang I can look and comment by Dec 18th

(cc @board-circle)

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