Though it may not be obvious here on the Sociocracy UK Ning site, there is a lot of activity going on behind the scenes. One of the projects being worked on is "Marketing Sociocracy to Business", which is an attempt to introduce collaborative governance to forward thinking businesses, such as SMEs, social entrepreneurships, cooperatives, organisations with democratic mindsets and workplaces seeking new models of leadership to meet the future. We're doing this by developing a series of learning modules which each cover a skill or system component of sociocracy, but which are of themselves self-contained and thus create value to businesses irrespective of whether they go fully sociocratic or not.The modules, or learning lego-blocks, are structured in 2-hour workshops which can be delivered face to face in-house or in public courses, or can be run online in webinars. The webinar format will allow us to reach a larger geographic area as well as enable individuals within organisations to learn specific skills, even if their organisations as a whole are not involved at this stage. The modules are grouped in sets of 3 thematically connected modules, so that the 3 modules can also be run together to form a full day workshop (face to face only), including lots of simulations, role-play and peer practice. Some of the modules are more or less complete, though there is still some work to be done on the wording and titles. The first 3 modules represent the core skills or system of sociocracy. They are (note the titles are yet undecided):
- DYNAMIC DECISIONS (consent-based decision-making)
- DYNAMIC APPOINTMENTS (consent-based electing)
- DYNAMIC MEETINGS (effective collaborative meetings)
The second set are centred around the secondary skills or system of sociocracy. They are (titles VERY tentative):
- DESIGNING CLARITY OF PURPOSE (vision-mission-aims)
- DESIGNING SOLUTIONS (lead-do-measure, prototyping)
- DESIGNING ORGANISATION (9-/27-block operation standards)
The third set planned is around 'FACILITATING ...' and the fourth around 'FEEDBACK, systems and logs'. A fifth set is also planned for the longer term future. Then there are a few modules we already have but which are not as yet part of any set (e.g. 'SELLING WITH INTEGRITY'). Overall I believe we'll have an interesting set of learning modules for sociocracy over the next year or so.
However, learning is about those wanting to learn, not those teaching, so I'd like to invite you to express your views and ideas about learning sociocracy. How should we structure our learning experience and what should be made more easily accessible? Your views on your learning needs please!