While the world faces a multitude of highly complex challenges (economic, social, inequality, environmental, interpersonal etc) largely created by ego-based leadership styles, there is a need for us to become more eco-driven and work through collobarative co-creation and decision-making based on collective wisdom. Amidst the doom, there is also a huge opportunity to redefine our society and capitalism, i.e. a capitalism based on community and eco-system rather than investors and ego-systems. It is a chance to re-invent organisations and corporations who largely hold the key to wealth creation, but currently with many horrible side effects. As such Sociocracy, as I see it, is a tried and tested way to run organisations collaboratively, tapping into its collective wisdom, yet very efficiently at the same time. The key point about sociocracy is that it is not just about conversations and engagement, but it's about collective decision-making, and until all members of a socius, an organisation, can participate in the decision-making and choice-creation process of that organisation, all 'engagement' and 'collaboration' programmes in organisations remain rather empty, indeed possibly deceitful. Sociocracy, as I see it, offers a great way to bring all these pull collaborative engagement and wise leadership efforts into fruition in a holistic way.
Specifically to the questions:
1. I have read the books and web-sites. I have lived and worked 15 years in Japanese companies (in Japan) which are largely run on similar lines (consensus) - which is why Japanese are very slow in taking decisions, but super fast in actioning them and making things happen, because everybody is behind them. I have been highly unsuccessful in trying to introduce Japanese collective decision-making processes into Western organisations, partly because it was too alien, but I hope sociocracy offers a framework which Western companies can understand - also now the time is right.
2. I don't want to know any more specifically, but I do want to hone in my facilitation and leadership skills so they are properly aligned to the sociocratic ones. So practical skills alignment rather than knowldedge.
3. By working together with other sociocratic professionals, and possibly to developing self-sufficient learning modules on various aspects of sociocratic practices, which are more easily marketable.
4. Some formal training to consolidate my application of sociocracy, and especially collaboration with sociocratic peers and colleagues, so that together we can make this happen.
I see Sociocracy as only superficially being about the four principles. More deeply it is about equivalence of every person's voice. But even more deeply than that, I see Sociocracy as being about systemic wholeness, i.e. integrity. The wholeness of the individual, of the team, the organisation or community, and of the society -- each within itself and in connection with its environment. Equivalence is important, but it is also a mean to that deeper end. Wholeness of that kind has the same meaning as well-being, wisdom, and harmony. Of course being an effective learning organisation is necessary to move in that direction...
I want to know a lot more about the details of how other people adopt and practice. I would love to have case studies from various organisations, and to go on a tour of some kind visiting existing sociocratic businesses (and schools, government departments, etc.).
I can and will continue to train with John Buck as part of my certification process. I can also arrange to visit with sociocratic organisations. And of course, I can deepen my own practice, finding out how things work by putting them into action.
Continued practice. And very small steps. I know that I easily get swept up in ideas about whole systems change, forgetting that genuine change happens one small tangible and sustainable step at a time. Little experiments! That is the Sociocratic way, after all.