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Purpose: goal vs inspiration

Hi there,

I had an interesting conversation with a colleagues last friday which can be summarized by 2 questions:

1) What is more important when changing a circle purpose - identity and intention (for clear understending) or inspiration? How to find the right balance?

2) During Anchor circle governance sub-circle decide to change it purpose but the new one is just the same as the other sub-circle has. Is the Proposal breaks the rules defined in this Constitution? Is it important to clarify the circle identity or some circles could have the same purpose? 


2 Replies
Folkert Ringnalda

The created sub-circle has a name and ‘one or more of the following: a purpose, one or more domains, one or more accountabilities’ (art. 1.1). It’s possible/allowed that a (sub)circle (or a role) doesn’t have it’s own purpose. The sub-circle was created because the super-circle considers that this should be a better way to achieve its purpose (art. 2.1). If the sub-circle doesn’t have it’s own purpose it ‘inherits’ as it were the purpose of the super circle. Anyway, that’s my interpretation.

Jeff Kreh

[@mention:560742421255289227], great questions! We find that the name of the role/circle should convey identity and intention while the purpose, if applicable (as per [@mention:561164855662986246]'s insight), should inspire.

For example, your name appears to come from the Greek "Eugenes" (which means "nobility, well-born"). While that should inform your purpose, it may not be as inspiring as a well-crafted purpose statement, which should steal your breath a little (in a good way).

We've seen that purpose limits output, which is why it's important to have an aspirational purpose statement — one that really matters if not achieved and has the potential to move the needle (think "worthwhile and meaningful for those who expect to change the world"). It's hard to write a great purpose statement. It's impossible to pursue a great purpose without a concrete and shared understanding of the purpose.

Concerning two circles with identical purpose, I would want to know a little more about the work of the circles before offering any ideas.