Dynamic Governance: Volunteer Groups, Community Organizations, and Non-Profits

Now that you know a little about Dynamic Governance, please watch this video to hear about others’ experiences with the method in healthcare organizations.

Here are sample uses for it in volunteer groups, community organizations, and non-profits, and some benefits you can expect:

Ways to Use Dynamic Governance in Volunteer Groups, Community Organizations, and Non-profits

  • Team meetings, either in-person or virtual.
  • Communication and  collaboration among departments or organizations.
  • Selection of people for positions/assignments.
  • Boards of Directors.
  • Collaborative initiatives between organizations.
  • Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Performance reviews.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Safety/reduction of errors.
  • Focus on effectiveness
  • Continuous process improvement.
  • Development of leaders.
  • Communication with clients, members, donors, suppliers, and any other stakeholders.

Benefits of Using Dynamic Governance in Volunteer Groups, Community Organizations, and Non-profits

  • Align your organization’s decisions and actions with its vision and mission.
  • Align efforts of all those collaborating on a project, while preserving each sub-group’s autonomy.
  • Structure your organization to elicit everyone’s good ideas and creative problem-solving, from all levels.
  • Increase individual engagement, commitment, accountability, and morale.
  • Clarify roles, responsibilities, and decision making processes.
  • Reduce staff turnover and sick leave.
  • Foster resilience in the face of changing conditions.
  • Build cooperative rather than contentious relationships.
  • Strengthen financial viability.
  • Speed innovation and adaptation to change.
  • Build leadership.
  • Reduce meeting time and produce high quality decisions.

“I went to a Quaker high school. I’ve been a deacon in church. I ran a manufacturing business for many years. I was in the Navy. I’ve experienced a lot of different ways to make decisions and organize. With Dynamic Governance (DG) we still have hierarchy and structure. We still have different jobs. However when we are setting policy, everyone in the system has a voice that cannot be ignored. That is hugely different from any other kind of system I’ve seen or experienced.

“All of a sudden there is a room full of empowered people helping make decisions. People feel different. I’d say that at the end of 100% of our circle meetings—where we set policy—everyone says, “My goodness. I feel so much more energized.” We have fewer meetings over time as we’ve implemented DG, the decisions are better, and the follow-through is better because everyone’s on board.”

Paul Kervick, Outreach Coordinator and Board Member
Living Well Residential Care Home & Assisted Living
Bristol, Vermont, USA
Using Dynamic Governance since 2006

“We engaged Sheella Mierson to facilitate a Steering Council meeting and an annual Community meeting for our religious congregation, where we dealt with some emotionally-charged issues. She did a skillful job. We were all glad that we were able to arrive at creative decisions, and many of those decisions have lasted. Sheella structured the discussion so that everyone had a chance to speak. We resolved enough of the issues that we had a sense of release from the tension. Best of all, we have been able to use some of the Dynamic Governance principles that Sheella demonstrated in those meetings, to very good effect. I am impressed both by Dynamic Governance and by Sheella, and would use her again as a facilitator. I strongly recommend her!”

Elyse Seidner-Joseph
Chairperson, Steering Council, P’nai Or Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

“What a valuable tool Dynamic Governance is. I have been working with Sheella Mierson, a gifted instructor of this process, and she is great! With only one of the techniques I learned from her we were able to cut through a thorny impasse in our Board and generate a creative solution with good vibes all around. WOW.”

Rabbi Marcia Prager
Rabbi for P’nai Or Philadelphia; Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH (Alliance for Jewish Renewal)

Want to know how Dynamic Governance works? Read an article about Dynamic Governance that includes two case studies. Or purchase a book containing more in-depth information.

Creative Learning Solutions can help you reap the benefits of Dynamic Governance. Contact us for a free consultation. Or ask us to facilitate a meeting for you.

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