Policy for creating Circles within Samara and for proposing role-assignments, quests and contributions

EXPLANATION - Why this policy

We need organizational protocols for complexity to turn into emergence.



In order for birds to murmur (fly together in harmony), they don't just do whatever they want whenever the feeling strikes in isolation. They all play by the same rules and the same sensitivity to each other's position. They move according to the same biological/evolutionary responses towards the natural inputs they are sensing. Doesn’t mean each bird can’t still be unique or have unique relationships in the murmur, but there are commonly shared protocols. 


For more details check out this short video by Tyler: https://www.loom.com/share/ebe90b744b8044caabe277464f1a08b6 


In order to manifest the collective ambitions we have and keep our organisation supporting all its members on all levels, various circles form to see to different needs, tasks and initiatives. 


This policy describes how Samara members can form a circle, balancing change and consistency in order to contribute and evolve.





  1. How to start and formalize a circle


Samara members who would like to start a circle create an Circle Outline Proposal with the following minimum amount of information:


A Circle in Samara can be proposed by a minimum of 2 members. 


When the outline is ready,those making the proposal add it to Loomio in a new thread for feedback and advice. After feedback, members create a poll/vote to formalize the Circle according to the current Governance Policy. If the proposal/vote passes, the Circle is formalised.


Role assignments, quests and contributions can only be proposed for a formalized circle. At this stage in Samara all the assignments, contributions and quests need to serve the objectives of a circle and be proposed from within a circle.


When there is a change in the work, focus, structure or areas that the outline describes, circle members can propose updates to the Circle Outline by creating a new proposal in the same Loomio thread for the specific circle. 


Formalized Circles update their Outline Proposal every 6 lunar cycles, by presenting new objectives and KRs. If a formalized circle doesn’t propose and receives the passing vote for an updated Outline Proposal in 6 lunar cycles from the previous one, the circle is no longer a formal Samara circle and contributions to the circle can no longer be active.


  1. Recommendations for organizing within a circle


Ideally, the circles keep the no. of members at 3. This has proven to work really well in Samara for people to be able to coordinate activities and schedule calls easily. 


Whenever there are more than 4 people in a circle, members will look for ways to create a sub-circle of one specific circle. For example, if 3 people join a circle with 3 already in it, they can create two sub-circles of 3 and come together as a group after developing work that needs more minds. Circles have autonomy in how to organize and collaborate with sub-circles.


  1. How to join a Circle in Samara - Role assignments, quests and contributions


Samara members can join a Circle by creating and submitting a role assignment, a quest or a contribution proposal. All these contribute to the objectives of the circle, according to that Circle’s Outline and purpose. 


A role assignment is a commitment to a set of activities, with regular compensation for executing those activities. Roles can be time-bound, but are generally longer-term. Roles can be designed to accommodate various commitment levels. 


A contribution is a specific key result that has already been completed paired with a request for remuneration. 


A quest is a specific proposed objective or set of objectives, paired with measurable Key Results (OKRs) and a compensation request. Quests are generally time-bound, and can have one or multiple participants. If the participation in a quest is voted by Samara, quest member(s)

execute it and return for a completion vote, at which point the compensation for the quest is received, if accepted. 


Proposed role assignments, contributions or quests for every Samara Circle are voted in by the entire organisation, following the Governance process in place and using Loomio. 


Proposed assignments, contributions or quests for a circle ideally need to be vouched by the existing members of the circle before being submitted as a proposal for vote on Loomio by the entire organisation. If a member refrains from vouching on a proposal he or she will provide additional information on why they do not vouch for the proposal.



Members role - assignments for Circles:


This is a 3 step process in order to enhance our ability to ‘murmur’ together:


How the process works:


Quests proposals:




At this stage of Samara (before moving to the DHO platform) the role assignments and quests start being active at the beginning of a lunar cycle (either new, half or full moon, to be able to be accounted for easily in the spreadsheet).

Revision #6
Created 9 June 2021 13:45:35 by irina
Updated 9 June 2021 13:56:39 by bongani