Hey @Jess. There are several elements to that. Imagine this: mentally throw all decision-making power in an organization onto one pile. Now we divide it up and give each circle a piece. They are fully responsible and empowered to make decisions in that area (“domain”). Each circle makes decisions together by consent so no individual can just make decisions in that domain on their own (no autocrats, unless they are explicitly empowered by their role/authorities being defined). In order to make sure we don’t have a bunch of silos, we nest the circles and make sure that if you have two related circles (“parent circle”/super-circle and “child circle”/sub-circle), two people will be part of both so they know from each other what they are doing and so no circle can overpower another.
So what this looks like in practice is that you have full clarity over who does what. It feels a bit like a loose and light structure with information flowing nicely.
I also know that sociocracy is like a ball of yarn and one needs to see the whole to understand it. I am aware that I only started pulling a piece of yarn out to show it to you. Let me know if you’d like to see another piece and in what direction you’d like to look more deeply.