Governance

Governance of the ZPO is done through Governance Circles, formed for the following purposes:

  1. discuss and implement  ZPO policies and procedures,
  2. discuss and implement ZPO Candidate and Member criteria, and
  3. oversee the Training Group application criteria and application process.

The Governance Circles do not have any function in the internal policies of any ZPO Training Group.

The organizational structure consists of:

  • Regional  Circles in Europe and the United States,
  • USA and Europe Continental Circles and
  • an International Circle.

Regional Circles have been formed in areas where there are Candidates and Members. While now there is some representation from Brazil and Israel, those areas will have their own governance circles when they have enough Candidates and Members.

ZPO encourages the use of Council and the Sociocratic method in all Circles.

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Roshi Bernie Glassman is a Co-Founder of the ZPO. Roshi Sandra Jishu Holmes, the other Co-Founder, passed away in 1998. As Co-Founder Bernie is the steward of the vision of the ZPO.  He will:

  1. attend the International Circle meeting.
  2. manifest as a clown now and Zen.

His vision of the ZPO, includes the following ingredients:

  • the Three Tenets of the Order (not-knowing, bearing witness and doing the actions coming out of not-knowing and bearing witness).
  • the ZPO as a world-wide movement of meditators doing social action as spiritual practice,
  • bearing witness retreats around the world at places where humanity’s shadow appears,
  • forms of practice for individual and collective enlightenment, and
  • how we can live our lives with openness and wonder.

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

Any ZPO Candidate or Member can make suggestions or proposals, relating to any ZPO matter, to their Regional Circle. They should give the suggestions or proposals to the Steward of that Regional Circle.

The regional circles in Europe are:

  1. A Northern European Governance Circle consisting of Steward: Frank De Waele, Belguim, Cornelius Collande, Germany, Petra Hubbeling, Netherlands, Andrzej Krajewski, Poland, Agnieszka Poliszuk-Konopek, Poland, Catherine Pagès, France, Michel Dubois, France.
  2. A Southern European Governance Circle consisting of Steward: Barbara Salaam Wegmüller, Switzerland,  Roland Yakushi Wegmüller, Switzerland, José Ovídio Waldemar, Brazil, Tani Katz, Israel, Iris Katz, Israel, Jozo Novak, Spain, Roberto Mander, Italy. (Note: Until we have more groups in South America and the Middle East, Members living there will be represented in this Southern European Governance Circle.)

The regional circles in the United States are:

  1. An East Coast United States Governance Circle consisting of Steward: Francisco Genkoji Lugoviña, NY, Pat Enkyo O’Hara, NY, Grover Genro Gauntt, NY, Eve Myonen Marko, MA, Ari Setsudo Pliskin, MA, Deborah Stewart, NY, Rami Mukyu Efal, MA.
  2. A West Coast United States Governance Circle consisting of Steward: Wendy Egyoku Nakao, CA, Anne Seisen Saunders, CA, Chris Panos, CA, Alan Senauke, CA.
  3. Central United States Governance Circle consisting of Steward: Gerry Shishin Wick, CO, Grant Couch, CO, Brian Joshin Byrnes, NM, Susan Myoyu Anderson, WI, Al Genkai Kaszniak, AZ .

 

Regional Circles will:

  1. Elect a Steward, who will also be a Representative to their respective Continental Circle. The Steward is responsible for the functioning of the Circle and maintaining peer relationships.
  2. Elect two Representatives, in addition to the Steward, to their respective Continental Circles. Representatives are responsible for carrying the heart of the Circles back and forth between the Regional Circle and the Continental Circle.
  3. Decide on frequency of meetings, but at least twice a year.
  4. Review the Core Documents (e.g., mission, vision, core values, core practices, governance process, grievance process, ethic code, candidate application, annual fee, etc.) and suggest changes to their respective Continental Circle.
  5. Elect new members to their Circles and determine the length of terms of Circle members. When Circle Members exceed 8 people, divide the Regional Circle into two, with appropriate names.
  6. Review any grievances submitted by Candidates or Members and act in accordance with the ZPO Grievence Procedure,
  7. Propose new trainings and practices.
  8. Propose new Training Groups within their region.
  9. Appoint Mentors and assign them to new Candidates
  10. Approve Candidates transitions to Members
  11. Design and implement Installation Ceremonies for those becoming Members.
  12. Decide on and hold gatherings of all Candidates and Members in their Region.
  13. Have fun.

In addition to the above, they can send proposals to their Continental Circle on any issue affecting the ZPO.

Continental Circle membership is elected by the Regional Circles.

Currently there are two Continental Circles : a Europe Continental Circle and a United States Continental Circle:

  1. European Governance Circle consisting of: Steward: Frank De Waele, Belguim, From Northern Regional Circle: Cornelius Collande, Germany, Agnieszka Poliszuk-Konopek, Poland, From Southern Regional Circle: Barbara Salaam Wegmüller, Switzerland, Iris Katz, Israel, José Ovídio Waldemar, Brazil.
  2. United States Governance Circle consisting of: Steward: Wendy Egyoku Nakao, CA,, From West Coast Regional Circle members are:  Anne Seisen Saunders, CA and Chris Panos, CA. From Central Regional Circle members are: Gerry Shishin Wick, CO, Grant Couch, CO, Al Genkai Kaszniak, AZ. From Eastern Regional Circle members are: Francisco Lugoviña, NY, Eve Myonen Marko, MA, Ari Pliskin, MA

 

The Continental Circles will:

  1. Elect a Steward, who will also represent them at the International Circle. The Steward is responsible for the functioning of the Continental Circle and maintaining peer relationships.
  2. Elect two representatives, in addition to the Steward, to the International Circle. Representatives are responsible for carrying the heart of the Circles back and forth between the Continental Circle and the International Circle.
  3. Set up their frequency of meetings, but meet at least every year.
  4. Review proposals made by the Regional Circles and decide whether or not to send them as Continental Circle proposals to the International Circle. Proposals initiated and passed by the Continental Circles will send the proposals to their Regional Circles for suggestions before sending the proposals to the International Circle.
  5. Review the Core Documents (e.g., mission, vision, core values, core practices, governance process, grievance process, ethic code, candidate application, annual fee, etc.) and suggest changes to the International Circle.
  6. Discuss and vote on any ZPO issues affecting Candidates and Members in their Continent and send to the Regional Circles for suggestions.
  7. Hold gatherings of all Candidates and Members in their Continent after consultation with the Regional Circles.
  8. Have fun.

In addition to the above, they can send proposals to the International Circle on any issue affecting the ZPO.

The International Circle membership is elected by the Continental Circles.

The current International Circle consists of: Steward: not yet elected, Bernie Glassman, USA as steward of the  ZPO Vision, Grant Couch, USA, Chris Panos, USA representing Zen Peacemakers, Inc.  From the USA Continental Circle, Wendy Egyoku Nakao, CA, Eve Myonen Marko and Ari Pliskin. From the Europe Continental Circle: Frank De Waele, Belguim, Cornelius Collande, Germany, Iris Katz, Israel.

The International Circle will:

  1. Elect a Steward. The Steward is responsible for the functioning of the Circle and maintaining peer relationships.
  2. Determine the frequency of meeting times, but at least every year.
  3. Vote on and implement proposed changes to the Core Documents (e.g., mission, vision, core values, core practices, governance process, grievence process, ethic code, candidate application, annual fee, etc.).
  4. Discuss and implement ZPO issues affecting the ZPO Family of Candidates and Members.
  5. Discuss and implement proposals sent to it by the USA or the Europe Continental Circles.
  6. Create new Continental Circles in new areas, as needed.
  7. Hold gatherings of all ZPO Candidates and Members after consultaion with the Continental Circles.
  8. Have fun.

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