In Civicwise we have adopted a governance approach that is based on dynamics of micro-leadership, meaning that leadership always concerns concrete actions and projects. There is no structural leadership in Civicwise. Consequently, there are no leadership positions assigned under a general hierarchy within the global community of Civicwise.
Generally we distinguish three levels of engagement: leader, partner and participant. Leaders are those ones who have the ultimate responsibility. Partners together with leaders participate in the decision making process and bear the responsibility. Participants help and participate in projects but do not to take responsibility for the governance and decision-making and results.
Our Governance is based on: Communities Project, Circles and Networks.
Communities are groups of people who exchange knowledge on a subject. They may be local or global. These are mostly online communities that using Facebook groups as a communication platform.
The Projects are seen as concrete actions.
Circles appear when a community starts to develop projects. Circles can be inclusive and not exclusive. I.e. they should aim at engaging new members, however at no time, may this hinder other circles from being generated.
The networks are sets of circles. They are inclusive, but can also be exclusive. Once a network has been built on a topic or a territory, a similar network cannot appear anywhere else. The role of the network is to promote communication and exchange between the circles and coordination in complex projects where more circles are involved.