Governance

Governance Circles are set up to discuss individual membership criteria and polices.  They will also oversee the member group application process, requirements, and  adherence to the criteria for being a member. The Governance Circles does not have any function in the internal policies of any ZPO member group.

The proposal is to have Regional and National Circles in Europe and the United States and an International Circle.

We encourage the use of the Sociocratic method in all Circles.

Roshi Bernie is a Co-Founder of the ZPO. As Co-Founder he is the steward of the vision of the ZPO.  He will:

  1. attend the National and International meetings in the United States and Europe.
  2. manifest as a clown now and Zen.

Regional Circles are responsible for all decisions affecting their region only. Proposed changes that may affect the ZPO nationally will be sent to the National Circle. Likewise, proposed changes that may affect the ZPO internationally, will be sent to the International Circle by the National Circles.

The regional circles in Europe and the United States are: (click on image to enlarge it)

  1. Northern European Governance Circle consisting of (to be listed soon)
  2. A Southern European Governance Circle consisting of (to be listed soon)goverence-circles
  3. An East Coast United States Governance Circle consisting of, (to be listed soon)
  4. A West Coast United States Governance Circle consisting of (to be listed soon)

 

 

Regional Circles will:

  1. Elect a Steward, who will also be a Representative to National European and United States Circles, respectively. The Steward is responsible for the functioning of the Circle and maintaining peer relationships.
  2. Elect a Representative to the National European and United States Circles, respectively. Representatives are responsible for carrying the heart of the Circle back and forth.
  3. Decide on frequency of meetings, but a least once a year.
  4. Review the Core Document and suggest changes to it to the National Circles.
  5. Elect new members to their Circles.
  6. Attend to grievances.
  7. Determine length of terms of Circle members.
  8. Propose new trainings and practices.
  9. Propose new member groups within their region.
  10. Elect a seat holder for each of the Five Buddha Families: Spirituality, Study, Resources, Relationship, and Service.
  11. Uphold the integrity of the ZPO.
  12. Have fun.

National Circle membership is elected by the Regional Circles. The National Circle will:

  1. Review the proposed changes made by the Regional Circles and send the National Circle proposals to the International Circle.
  2. Set up their frequency of meetings, but meet at least every eighteen months.
  3. Elect a Steward, who will also serve as a representative to the International Circle.
  4. Elect two representatives, in addition to the Steward, to the International Circle. Representatives are responsible for carrying the heart of the Circle back and forth.
  5. Elect a seat holder for each of the Five Buddha Families: Spirituality, Study, Resources, Relationship, and Service.
  6. Attend to Grievances.
  7. Have fun.

The International Circle membership is elected by the National Circles. The IC will:

  1. Elect a Steward. The Steward is responsible for the functioning of the Circle and maintaining peer relationships.
  2. Vote on proposed changes to the Core Document.
  3. Will determine the frequency of meeting times, but at least every two years.
  4. Elect a seat holder for each of the Five Buddha Families: Spirituality, Study, Resources, Relationship, and Service.
  5. Attend to grievances.
  6. Have fun.

4/18/2014