Valid Objections in Holacracy

In a governance meeting with Holacracy, when a proposal is brought to address a tension, everyone can have a chance to raise objections, which need to be integrated as we change the proposal before we get to some final output. This is one of the biggest learning curves for people new to Holacracy, because there’s a very specific definition of objection. And there are actually a few things that must be true for whatever you’re sensing to actually count as an objection that we have to integrate.

And one of those is that whatever you’re sensing, it’s got to be a reason why adopting this proposal would move us backwards or cause harm. Because if it wouldn’t move us backwards or cause harm, if it’s just maybe a better idea, or a way of addressing something else important, then it’s actually a different tension. It’s something else that you might want to add to the agenda, and then we can process it, and then we can get it integrated. But it’s not actually a reason why this proposal is going to cause harm or move us backwards. So that definition and that rule helps us sort through all of those better ideas and other tensions that might otherwise distract us from processing the proposer’s tension.

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“Holacracy” by Brian Robertson – Book Summary

The Holacracy’s structure resembles how nature organizes systems like the human body, where cells function autonomously within organs, which in turn function autonomously within the body.

The main idea behind this new system is that today’s companies have to survive in an increasingly complex and dynamic environment that requires an equally dynamic organizational structure in order to properly address new challenges and opportunities. The solution germinated from the observation that humans have a unique ability to sense tension within an organization, which is defined as recognizing the gap of what currently exists, and what could be–the current reality… and the sensed potential.

What is Holacracy?

Can your company remain agile and adaptive – even as it scales? Holacracy offers a radical new answer to this question, in the form of a tested and customizable self-management practice. With a Holacracy practice in place, every team member gains the ability to make meaningful decisions and drive change. The approach will allow your team to clarify agreements, set clear expectations, increase transparency and will fundamentally rewire your organization’s approach to power.

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

A short film about the rise of Decentralized Autonomous Organization with narration by Shermin Voshmgir.

Blockchain is, I would say, not only a technological revolution but first and foremost a socio-economic revolution. The blockchain is a tool to bring us into a more decentralized world.

Why can we disrupt organizations with blockchain? In order to understand this we need to understand the history of the internet.

So if we look back the first generation Internet, in the early 90s, revolutionized information. This is why we called it the information data highway.

About ten years later we have the so-called web 2.0 – the internet became more mature, more programmable and all of a sudden we had on the one hand social media platforms and on the other hand a peer-to-peer economy where the consumer and the producer came, closer to each other of information of opinion of goods and services.

So the original vision of the internet was to be a decentralized world where everyone could put information online.

But in the web, it became very centralized with those platforms. It brought us this peer-to-peer economy but with this huge man in the middle this platform in the middle who started to control all the data and dictates the rules of transactions of that platform.

So instead of the internet becoming more decentralized it became more centralized, and what we’re doing now with blockchain and InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) and all these other technologies of the decentralized web, is we are redesigning data structures given the fact that we are already living in the connected world. If we think of blockchain in the context of the internet it is the driving technology behind the decentralized web, or also called the Web 3.