Visionkeeper circle

To keep the vision of Avnø Oasis intact, we have a visionkeeper circle. The responsibility of this circle is to anchor the vision in the organization through establishing and maintaining an organizational structure that supports the vision and a culture where the vision, values and principles are lived. Because of this objections regarding policies and people in the project are reserved to this circle. Creating a new culture requires nourishment, attention, care and maintenance. Explorers and long term volunteers may be invited to take part in extended visionkeeper circle. But only partners of Avnø Oasis are eligible to elect and become elected into the visionkeeper circle.

Coordination circle

To coordinate daily operations through creating, connecting, coordinating and supporting the functioning of the various circles, we have the coordination circle. It consists of 2 members (visionkeeper and representative) from each of the main circles. The vision keeper of the coordination circle also is the director of Vitalitetsfonden and so is the representative (elected amongst the partners of Avnø Oasis).

Aims and areas of responsibilities of the community circle:

Aims and areas of responsibilities of the property and land circle:

Aims and areas of responsibilities of the communication and branding circle:

Aims and areas of responsibilities of the educational circle (Avnø højskole):

Aims and areas of responsibilities of  the enterprise circle:

Aims and areas of responsibilities of the economy and administration circle:

Any circle may create subcircles with the mandate to take responsibility for subareas and close them down again according to the needs of Avnø Oasis. When a circle creates subcircles it becomes a coordination circle for the subcircles.

Meetings, decisions and storage of information

Circles hold meetings, when appropriate. Transparency is secured by storing all decisions in our Notion workspace. Decisions that affect other areas of the community and not only the internal life of the circle must be disseminated to allow objections. Objections should be made, if the decision harms an aspect of Avnø Oasis. Objections are handled together with the ‘objector(s’).

Roles/functions in a sociocratic circle

The general responsibility of the Visionkeeper is to represent the interests of the ‘mother’ circle and Avnø Oasis and be the guardian that the circle is on track, i.e. moves forward according to the overall strategy, and care for the members of the circle. The visionkeeper is also a member of the ‘mother circle’.

The general responsibility of the administrator is to create transparency, take notes during meetings, keep order in the circle’s information, disseminate circle decisions, and support members of the circle in finding/storing information.

The general responsibility of the facilitator is to make sure that meetings run smoothly in all ways, including setting up an agenda, inviting, and facilitating the meeting in a proper way.

The general responsibility of a circle’s  representative is to be the guardian of this circle’s interests and represent this circle in the ‘mother circle’. The representative is also a full member of the ‘mother’ circle.

Other roles/functions may be defined as needed.

Feedback/evaluation structure in a sociocratic cirle

Performing regular evaluations for each of us concerning our place in Avnø Oasis is a fundamental part of creating a well functioning community. Ultimately, the aim is that collaborators feel satisfied and gain more knowledge and skills through their commitment and contribution. Evaluations hold space for celebrating each other’s successes, sharing and learning from mistakes, and for reformulating one’s place in Avnø Oasis (or elsewhere).
Our evaluation model:
Evaluations for explorers/partners and long term volunteers are done in relevant circles when requested, at the end of the commitment period, and at least once a year.

Finding your place rather than having a ‘job’

Joining Avnø Oasis in this phase of the project requires ability to take initiatives and responsibility, willingness to work both independently and collaborate with others. It also brings opportunities to develop leadership, organizational skills, practical and collaborative skills. To avoid stress it is essential that you find your right place and prioritize what needs to be done, because there is always more that also could be done. Although we aim to count engagement rather than hours and that you create your own work schedule to find your own personal balance between caring for the project and for yourself, the question about how many hours keeps being raised. The guideline of ESC (European Solidarity Corps) is that a volunteer work 7 hours per day, 20 days per month, cook their own food and clean their living area outside of working hours. In Avnø Oasis 3 meals are served daily. To keep the freedom of not counting hours requires a high level of personal integrity, flexibility, peer support and clear communication, but also supports that we all can find our individual balance between taking care of ourselves and the project. 

Reward structures

When your commitment brings value to Avnø Oasis, you may get rewarded with room and board and participation in events or workshops (in your free time). Any financial reward needs to be negotiated beforehand.
Decisions are yet to be made about how we are rewarded, once we get a surplus. Also how do we define a surplus? Enough money to pay our bills? A surplus just on a particular activity?