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For me, Sociocracy is the future as I would like it to be. It nurtures an organisation whose emergent behaviour becomes like a living and learning organism. It unlocks creative responsibility, ownership, a sense of purpose, while lessening the burden on the 'leader', manager or boss, and 'crowd-sourcing' wisdom for more effective decisions, while promoting respect, diversity and inclusion. It addresses the problems of 'cultural inertia' and 'buy-in' among employees, by asking them to co-create their common vision, strategy, procedures. It is demonstrated to be effective.
Sue Bell's reply, moved to here:What is sociocracy?
Posted by Sue Bell on October 28, 2010 at 4:20pm in What is Sociocracy? (Change)
“We are one, our cause is one, and we must help each other if we are to succeed.”
~ Fredrick Douglas
Sociocracy (sometimes called "dynamic self-governance") originated in the Netherlands, has spread into the European business community, and is beginning to take hold with some groups in the United States. It's an organizational structure that has evolved from the fundamental values of democracy—equality under the law for all, and fair representation—combined with the consensus decision-making methods practiced by the Quakers. Its development was informed by recent learnings in the fields of cybernetics, chaos theory, and the organic growth and development of all life forms.
"Sociocracy was developed specifically to address human needs. It resembles and is specifically designed to mimic living organisms and is not based on a mechanical model. In a mechanical model a mechanic runs a machine. This is analogous to managers running their employees. Living organisms run themselves. Not only does sociocracy address human needs, but it allows for the most responsive organization and uses a minimum
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1) the way we run our company, and how we help other people to run theirs.
2) a proven way of designing, governing, managing & operating organizations, with several decades of well-studied usage in various organizations.
3) a cybernetically sound, fractal structure that ensures that every member of the organization has a powerful voice in decisions that affect them while also retaining the effectiveness of a top-down management hierarchy.
4) an effective way to combine and implement a whole list of practices that often are implemented partially, poorly, and one-by-one: open book management, self-managing teams, organizational learning disciplines, quality circles, consensus decision-making, organizational democracy, profit-sharing, employee ownership…
5) defined by four principles: the Principle of Consent, the Principle of Circles, the Principle of Double-Linking, and the Principle of Consensual Elections.
6) the 21st Century future for co-operative business, triple-bottom line business, and social enterprise.
Its nice to know that companies can be run on sociocratic principles, however if we could link the consumers and the people from whom raw materiels are taken like where the mines are then there will be greater double linking and more connection and integration....so the corporations or businesses will not stand at loggerheads with the people...its will be like a oneness of the world and then the sociocratic process will be pretty complete.
Thanks Sue. I put it up a little while back, but I've recently updated it slightly. It's still an early version, and it came from me trying to condense the essence when describing it to people, while running workshops. I have since found it to be a useful teaching aid. It is also available under 'resources' on this site (I'm about to update it).
I am the founder of an intentional community, the intention being to enhance peace and awareness, that people become leader of their own lives. The community is based on 3 pillars: nonviolent communication, council (also known as "talking stick") and sociocracy.
The practice of sociocracy has profoundly affected my attitude in making decisions. In the past, I was very happy when my proposal would be accepted immediately without much discussion. When that were to happen to me today, I woud be disappointed and feel uncertain because I know that my proposal is not properly scrutinized.
"sociocracy: collective government or government by society as a whole."
"Sociocracy presumes equality of individuals and is based on governance by consent."