The most important area of POP’s transparency is our decision making. We are currently considering:
- Who is in vs. who is out.
- Making timely decisions vs. inviting participation.
- Deliberation vs. participation.
- Inviting those with interest vs. consistency.
We are also considering the challenge of creating a “learning culture” in which everyone has a safe space to voice their concerns and challenges, ensuring that we make the best decisions possible.
In 2020 we carried out a review into decision making POP^M Decision Making Review 220720.
POP trustees and the POP team have been testing different ways for members and others to be involved in decision-making:
- The Network of Networks made decisions on how we allocated the first year of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation funding.
- The Network of Networks were closely involved in redrafting the funding approach for year two.
- The Network of Networks formed a panel to make decisions on the Learning & Collaboration Fund.
- We tested a more open, participative process to decide how to allocate £30,000. CLICK HERE to find out more.
- POP members rate each of the submissions for POP Collectives funding.
Over the last 2 years POP has developed it’s practice. Below is a visual description of where decisions are made and who is involved.
We are continuing this work and looking at the role of a POP Trustee in this wider context. Using thought leaders such as Dark Matter Labs #BeyondtheRules — Balanced governance and ‘behaving well’ everywhere, every day. | by Dark Matter | Dark Matter Laboratories (darkmatterlabs.org) we are investigating how trustees act as:
- Holders and champions for the values of POP
- Auditors of ‘good decision making’
And how this balances with the legal requirements to ensure the charity operates legally – complying with all the legal frameworks applicable to POPs work.