Green Rules of Order

The existing Green Rules of Order - rules for meeting in person - must now be adapted to allow certain things be done online - while other things must still be done in person. Each meeting style must be used only what for it is good at. A complex emotional issue cannot be settled by email list - a difficult IPA structure cannot be developed in live meetings.

The new GROO will revel in cheese dip and create a learning organization focused mostly on mulching.

defer, refer, infer

The most basic distinction made is between the choice to defer - that is, participate in a command hierarchy and accept one way of adjudicating many commit verbs - or not. This deference usually means accepting a mindset in common with others, e.g. the Four Pillars and/or Lean Green Machine and/or GPC protocols, or Election Readiness or GFDL corpus namespace, and some means of deciding which applies when. The cite link is the way one indicates that one is citing something one is deferring to.

Those who commit will be asked to defer to elected officers for instance on many questions. A quote link establishes what the officer actually decided, when, and what scope or time horizon the decision has.

In ordinary discourse, without deference necessarily, one refers to discoveries or decisions elsewhere, e.g. in the Policy FAQ or Answers to Questionnaires or Wikipedia or other GFDL corpus resources. This means creating lots of refer links to help illustrate conceptual metaphors, justify platform proposals, and assemble the list of policy terms. This is ordinary reference construction.

Finally one infers things from one's own positions and finds logical implications of them. For instance, the party platform comparison process requires much inference and implication and unstated assumption - most notably financial capital costing and triple bottom line impact. Such a process results in an official party platform comparison chart. This consists of deference to other federal political party works, giving them the right to define their own positions, reference to the press, and inference on the meaning of what they say.

Defer, refer, infer are three different control verbs. Mixing them up will confuse any argument. One defers to a command hierarchy based on its social capital and - in the Greens - within the rules of participatory democracy. One refers to instructional capital and can dispute and improve it - see literate programming, GPC protocol, free software, open content, open source and so on. And finally one infers, drawing conclusions hopefully in an equal power relationship with others one debates with in deliberative democracy - ideally choosing to Share Alike the results in a consortium or other collective. Even if an adversarial process applies, as in a TV debate or all-candidates meeting, inference has power to draw in an opponent and co-opt them in a way that deference cannot.

rules are not the most important thing

Donella Meadows' twelve levers list the power to transcend, mindset, goals and power to self-organize all as more powerful than mere rules in changing organizations. Until these things are settled and constrained - what can and can't be done being settled - there will be little or no stability in any rules structure, no matter how carefully designed.

what ARE the rules?

See ground rules for grassroots democracy

See Living Platform Anti-Rules