Radical transparency is a management approach in which decision making is carried out in public, and that most records are available to the public, as defined by WikiPedia.
- Prevents undue harm to the organization and its assets, including volunteers, board members and staff.
- Is reconcilable with transparency; in effect, stakeholders are allowed to know enough.
- Is reconcilable with accountability, wherein stakeholders can question the processes and the outcomes.
- Requires, but does not strain, trust.
- Attempts to protect someone or something from scrutiny.
- Cannot be reconciled with transparency.
- Attempts to prevent accountability.
- Demands, and then misuses, trust.
For a discussion or ageement to be exempt from radical transparency:
- One must request that it be placed on the agenda as "in camera," citing the specific reason, such as "pending litigation," "personal security," "competitive situation," etc.
- The facilitator will note that the meeting is "in camera" when that point in the agenda is reached.
- Minute-taking will cease. Participants should not keep their own notes, and must not disclose any agreements nor discussion.
- Any agreements made during the in-camera portion of the meeting are written down, but not entered into the minutes.
- When discussion (and possibly, agreements) is complete, the facilitator notes that the meeting is leaving "in camera."
- Minutes will then reflect the vague sense of any agreements made, without violating confidentiality, such as "Herman will draft a letter detailing our position," or "The Members agreed on an action plan."
- At the following meeting, the facilitator will again go "in camera" during approval of the minutes.
- Any written minutes detailing agreements will be read aloud, and those at the prior meeting will be asked to approve them, possibly with changes agreed by those present.
- If no agreements were recorded, those at the prior meeting need only approve that an in-camera session took place.
- The facilitator will then note that the meeting is leaving "in camera."
- The minutes will note that the in-camera portion of the previous meeting was approved.
Radical transparency does not mean "radical time-suckage." We provide data as-is on this website. Requests for research, analysis, or formatting beyond what is provided may be subject to administrative charges of $60 per hour.
†From Dalhousie University guidelines on in-camera sessions.
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