Facilitator Circle Role [Draft]

Role Description

Congratulations!! :tada: :confetti_ball:

As filler of a circle facilitator role, you’re responsible for making sure that meetings run smoothly and creating an inclusive space where everyone’s voice is valued.

Exciting, right? :grinning:

We (your fellow circle facilitators past and present) have found that the following information super helpful. Read on, enjoy, and circle back with your own contributions to this guide!

Aims: What you do


  • Planning the agenda
  • Facilitating circle meetings
  • Paying attention to equivalence during meetings
  • Distinguishing facilitator voice from circle member voice
  • Ensuring participants are following meeting norms and governance practices
  • Guiding the process of clear policy proposals


  • Ensures that everyone involved in decision making is included and contacts those not present in the meeting to give input asynchronously
  • Surfacing and guiding the process of addressing interpersonal and group tensions
  • Training other members on the facilitator role

Domains: What you manage

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Prioritizing backlog items

Related Circles, Roles, and Policies

  • Collaborate closely with secretary and coordinator role holders to plan meetings

Getting Started

Every time
Announce that you are the circle’s new facilitator role holder (or make sure that you’ve been announced!)
Update the Members and Roles section of your meeting notes

If this is your first circle role or you’re returning after some time away
Join #governance on Slack to have a community of fellow role holders to learn from and support
Request to join Circle Role Holders on the Hub. This gives you special access to Hub features like being able to edit other people’s posts
Request to join Circle Role Holders on Google Groups. This gives you access to the YPC Admin Calendar.
Review the basics of sociocratic governance: Many Voices One Song: Shared Power with Sociocracy

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