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Sociocracy For Dummies, Greece 4-11 Sep '15

4 – 11 Sep 2015, Pelion Centre, near Mount Pelion, Thessaly, Greece.Week long work and play retreat in a Greek paradise with Martin Grimshaw. € 450 (includes food and shared accommodation)Work Better…Continue

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Started Mar 3, 2015

Sociocracy in Australia

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Started Nov 6, 2014

The ethics and values of sociocracy
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Recently I have been exploring what drives me and others, why we really use sociocracy beyond it being effective and efficient. Why have the Non Violent Communication (NVC) community been using it,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ted Millich Sep 7, 2012.

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How did you discover this site?
Helped to build it & keep it maintained as much as I'm able to :)
How are you using sociocratic principles?
I am a sociocratic practitioner, Using it in my personal or family life, Applying it in my community group, Actively engaging in and supporting the sociocratic networks, Applying it in my business
Please write a brief description of your experience of sociocracy and a bit about yourself
I am founder, facilitator, trainer and consultant at There's Better Ways Of Working.

Co-founder & member of SociocracyUK, engaged with the international sociocratic community. Co-founded and formerly director at S.E.E.D. Co-op and co-founder / facilitator / consultant at DecisionLab, both trading names of Sociocratic, Ecological and Economic Development Ltd - a sociocratic co-operative social enterprise.

I first encountered and started investigating Sociocracy circa 2008. I am committed to becoming a certified sociocratic consultant, have received training from John Buck, Nathaniel Whitestone and others, and provide training / facilitation around 'Collaborative Governance' and tools for participation such as Open Space. Have co-organised / hosted various networking, training, social gatherings focused on developing the movement in the UK. I'm playing a part in developing the online presence of the Sociocratic movement. Want to join us? Get in touch :)

Also deeply inspired by the Transition Towns movement, permaculture, sustainability and the breeze upon mountain peaks.
Please tell us what you hope to get out of this membership site
Build a community, build capacity, transform culture, make friends and collaborators, get paid.
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Martin Grimshaw's Blog

Sociocracy: revolution, chocolate, peace, work

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 17:30 3 Comments

Sociocracy: revolution, chocolate, peace, work - a history…


Transition emerges when we seek it

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 14:30 0 Comments

This article was published on The Transition Towns’ Network site. On personal resilience, Conscious Business, Sociocracy, Social Enterprise...

Transition had a deeply transformative effect on my life. It has shaped and focussed my professional path since. It brought me into contact with the inspiration, community…


Why I Am Going to Grow!

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 19:00 0 Comments

Why am I going to Grow! ?

I want to meet the other people who are running participatory organisations.  I know that the sector is growing, and thriving, while the rest of the UK economy shrinks.  In fact, our business
has been growing slowly, when other training and management consulting organisations around us have had to shut down.  What are others doing?  What are we doing that is different?  And so I am going to…

Navigating the cross winds

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 16:00 0 Comments

Or The gulf between what we want and where we are

‘A plane is on the wrong course 90% of the time’

I was reminded of this nugget of wisdom today, while assessing where I’m at, where I’m going, where I said I wanted to go, and the habits that help or hinder my progress.

Of course aeroplanes…


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At 13:57 on July 28, 2015, Lisa Gill said…

Thanks! I've just started reading We the People. In fact, I'm reading Holacracy at the same time to compare. Thought I'm enjoying Holacracy as a book in its own right, I'm already finding some things are ruffling my feathers! I shall keep an open mind for now though in the spirit of Socratic wisdom...

At 9:35 on May 6, 2014, Greg Meanwell said…

Thanks Martin,

I've been looking for something like sociocracy for a long time, so its good to have found you.

At 23:44 on February 22, 2014, Dien Kwik said…
Hi, Martin:

Thanks :)

I actually tried to join the sociocracy international yahoo groups mailing list, but wasn't able to yet because I was having trouble logging back into my account on yahoo.

I hope it's ok for me to join this group even though I'm not in the UK.

I'm trying to absorb as much information as possible right now, while we gradually experiment and roll out our own "version" of sociocracy/holacracy, i.e. generating roles, circles, and policies through circle governance that suits the way we work and our culture.

Oh, there are online courses ? Where can I get information about this, or do you know of any online courses that is available ?

Skype sounds good, we just need to account for the time difference :)

At 19:23 on November 13, 2013, Vicenç Rul·lan said…

Thanks, Martin

At 15:00 on September 7, 2012, Ted Millich said…

Well, I'm not sure what you remember me saying about my video, but it is now done (after about 4 years) and is 29:06 long. I am dropping French and German subtitles into copies so that I can have something to present to speakers of those languages, but that is going very slowly. I'm trying to get it set up on Dynamo, but can't figure out how to get support to answer my questions.

At 12:33 on June 12, 2012, Susan Hayward said…

Hi everyone and thanks for the welcome.  I've just had a good chat with Louis and I look forward to working with you in any way I can.  My time, like yours, is a bit limited as I am running local things as well as planning an event for September.  Just trying to sort out Taster Workshops (see  Any ideas would be most welcome.

At 22:04 on April 3, 2012, Patrick Andrews said…

Hi Martin

thanks for your welcome. I haven't practised sociocracy, or VSM. I am a sort of collector of governance ideas and approaches, trying to see how to integrate learnings from all of them into one general theory of how to structure and run a business in a way that contributes to a fairer society and healthier planet. I am bringing this into my work at Working in Trust.

A shame I can't make next week's Grow event - I am out of the country. Hope there's a chance to meet up sometime.


At 1:19 on December 9, 2011, Scott Krabler said…

Well Martin, wow! Two things, I'd love to share my general impressions; I could do that as soon as this weekend and I'm really flexible these days, so whatever works for you. We could skype, or ... 

Second, I think you're the first person to ever ask me about my particular needs. It has started a chain reaction of thoughts and I will have those refined before we hopefully speak.

Nice to meet you Martin. I will be online for the 12/21 Collective Social Presence Meeting and hope to chat a bit before then.

My best regards,

At 16:41 on December 8, 2011, Scott Krabler said…

Hi Martin, thanks for the welcome.

I've studied and practiced NVC over the past 11 years. Several years ago, I learned of Sociocracy, then I heard Marshall Rosenberg was looking at it as a model for expanding local NVC circles around the world. I then researched at least to the point I could get on board. Now, I'm ready to participate.

I've read much; yesterday John "tasked me" with reviewing the sociocracy information online. I've got a few more hours to spend before I find the rest of it and I'm enjoying what I'm finding. There does seem to be a bit of dis-connection among movement members, information and online resources. Among other things, I'm interested to see keywords associated with the movement from an outsider's perspective. I want to increase visibility worldwide.

I'm in Montana, just outside Livingston (Latitude = 45.6463, Longitude = -110.3546), about 2km above sea level. I've been a technologist most of my life and want to lend my expertise to bettering the world we live in. Sociocracy is at least one way to participate.

I'll definitely go through the ning's resources, probably still today.

Thanks again for welcoming me.

At 13:12 on September 14, 2011, Murray Stentiford said…
Hi Martin. Thanks for your interest. I'm looking forward to the online coaching with John that our New Zealand group will have on 19 September.



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