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WHAT ARE RULES OF ORDER?

Rules of order are the procedures that give structure to democratic decision-making. The Solon Academy teaches the most important systems, including Robert's Rules, Bourinot's Rules and our own DEMOCRACY 2.0.

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SERVICES

Membership starts at $4/month, providing workshops and ongoing consulting support to local groups on Southern Vancouver Island, or worldwide on the web.

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DEMOCRACY 2.0

The KISS alternative to Robert’s Rules of Order, DEMOCRACY 2.0 is a meeting system for practical use by ordinary people facing everyday realities, specifically tailored for small to medium-sized groups.

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Join the Academy!

Starting at only $20/year our membership rates are easy on the budget. Whether you are a recent condo buyer, a newly elected Council member or a veteran President, we are here to help you navigate the challenges of democratic decision-making.

Platinum

Penta•cosio•medimni Level: $10/month. PLATINUM is designed for Chairs, Presidents, Executive Directors, staff or officers actively involved with the day-to-day operations of a democratic organization.

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Gold3

Hippeus Level: $8/Month. GOLD is intended to provide ongoing support for Board members or active General Members.

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SIlver

Zeugitae Level: $6/Month. SILVER is tuned for General Members who typically attend their AGM and don’t have much direct involvement, but who are keen to learn more.

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Bronze

Thete Level: $4/Month. BRONZE is for those who are casually involved or just getting their feet wet as General Members of a self-governing democratic organization.

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Testimonials

  • Scott Payne, UFCW Local 401

    "People who appreciate how to effectively run and manage a meeting are few and far between. But C.D. Madson happens to be one of them. Cool headed and quick on his feet, over the years Mr. Madson has become a veritable connoisseur of Robert's Rule of Order. He understands how to balance debate and flow, can teach you how to respect due process and everyone's time, and isn't afraid to wade into the challenging moments that an important meeting can present. Want to elevate the governance of your meetings to a new level? Give Mr. Madson a call."

  • Vishal Ahuja, CCSS Finance Executive

    "I met CD Madson In 2004 when he taught a CCSS board orientation workshop on how to use Robert's Rules of Order. He was very capable at handling meetings, always keeping them productive and orderly."

  • Hilton Erland Ward B.A., B.Ed.

    "In comes Mr. C.D. Madson with his copy of Roberts Rules of Order, which had more sticky notes sticking out of its pages than I had ever seen in my life. In the ensuing debate Mr. Madson countered every one of the aggrieved two’s attempts to stall motions and votes and so on, calling out “Point of Order” or “Point of Information” and so forth. Were it not for Mr. Madson and his well-thumbed and insanely well sticky-noted copy of Robert’s Rules of Order democracy may well have been thwarted. CD Madson is the best damn Robert's Rules of Order expert I have ever seen!"

  • Julian Strongitharm, CCSS External Affairs & Speaker of Council

    "When it comes to parliamentary procedure and Robert's Rules of Order, C.D. Madson is one of the most knowledgeable people I know. When I was chairing board meetings of the Camosun College Student Society, he tutored me on Robert's Rules, and was always able to explain even the most obscure rules. I would definitely engage his services!"

  • Michel Turcotte, CCSS Executive Director

    “A few years ago the Camosun College Student Society Board of Directors had to make a very difficult decision and decided to hire an external meeting chair. C.D. Madson’s calm and professional manner, combined with his advanced knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order, allowed him to navigate the complex emotional and procedural issues involved and bring the meeting to a fair conclusion.”