Communicative Assent Standards

Communicate Assent is a decision making process for groups.  This standard specifies particular aspects of communicative assent in order to facilitate the auditing, critique, and improvement of communicative assent processes within groups.

Details for the Communicative Assent Standard


Communicative Assent is a broad term and the Commoning Federation standard collapses this broad meaning into specific processes and criteria.  The resulting standard is for a communicate assent process that is sufficient and biased towards the needs of groups that are organized to fulfill commons-based initiatives and who are doing so as commoning who are commoning.

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The Communicative Assent Standard

Introduction to the Communicative Assent Standard

The Communicative Assent Standard is designed to deliver a comprehensive set of qualitative guidelines for the development of group policy.   The focus of this standard is on Communicative Assent which is both a method and medium, integrated into the whole of a group's structure.  Communicative Assent is only one way of deliberating on policy.  It is not to be confused with organizational structure or the whys and hows of taking action on an item of agreement produced through communicative assent.

Communicative Assent Standards for Groups


The following group processes are covered within this standard.  These are processes that the group as an organization has responsibility for implementation.  Many of these standards are reliant upon documentation or interaction with the Commoning Quality group within your organization.
Initiating a group



There is a policy that defines group rights and responsibilities with regard to Communicative Assent.
There is a policy that specifically defines Members as Peers.
Number of individuals required to initiate a group.


Introduction to Communicative Assent and Peer to Peer Processes
Peer to Peer process are relations that rest on a foundation of mutuality.  The heart of Peer to Peer relations is equal footing and control.  In commons-based endeavours these relations are written down and made available to the public and members as policy.
There is a policy that defines what a Peer to Peer relationship is.
There is a policy that distinguishes between Peer to Peer relationships and Group Membership.
The group has a policy that outlines how to become a Peer.
There is a policy section that addresses Peer to Peer conflict resolution
There is a written policy for how peer to peer conflicts are handled.


Introduction to Communicative Assent and Individual Access
Communicative Assent works best when the individual is aware of and able to act completely within their rights and responsibilities as a member of a group.  Communicative Assent, as a practice and within this standard, is highly biased towards the needs of commons-based groups, and at the same time, the success of these groups, no matter their specific endeavor, relates directly to the actions and behavior of individuals.  As such, this section of the standards names these specific rights and responsibilities for individuals so that the group can claim and enforce them more proactively, adapting them as group policy.
Individual Access to Communicative Assent Process


Introduction to Communicative Assent and Infrastructure
This section includes standards for infrastructure for Communicative Assent processes.  Communicative Assent can be used amongst any size of people, and each group, depending on various factors such as geographic location, geographic distribution of the group, access to resources.  These standards serve first and foremost to aid groups in naming and claiming infrastructure that supports their group process so as to aid in the inclusion of their overall group deliberation an accounting for and maintenance of these infrastructure facilities as a core part of their groups commoning system.
The following facilities are treated within the Communicative Assent Standard

Electronic Data

Introduction to Communicative Assent and Electronic Data
Electronic data is an integral part of voting and decision making for many organizations.  These standards address how electronic data is handled, what what electronic data should be produced, as well as who has access to what data and what they may do with it.
Electronic data systems are one of the keys to scaling Communicate Assent to include a global voting body.  As such, various standards are created in order to


Introduction to Communicative Assent Documentation
The policy adopted by your group will more powerful when documented and made available to new and existing members.  As outlined above the policies can and may be made available to those who are not yet members as well as those who are a part of the group already.
This standard references the Common Documentation Standards.  These policy listed below is meant to serve as a way of outlining responsibility for documentation of these standards.  


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