The normal first response to “sociocracy” is “What is Sociocracy?”
Sociocracy is a method of structuring and governing organizations. The method is elegant, effective, and simple. The organizations are balanced, energetic, resilient, responsive, strong, and synchronized.
How a Sociocracy Works
The sociocratic organizational structure distributes decision-making power to semi-autonomous, self-organizing teams called “circles.” Circles include all members of a work unit or department. Circle members function as equals in determining the policies that will guide their work. These policies must be in harmony with those of the larger organization, and they guide the circle leader in making day to day operations decisions.
Circles are linked in a “circular” hierarchy that includes the whole organization. A circular hierarchy is one in which power flows from the top to the bottom and also flows the bottom to the top. This structure ensures the clear communications and control required for encouraging independent thinking, strong leadership, and unified focus on a mission.
Principles, Methods, and Values of Sociocracy
The principles and methods of sociocracy are derived from systems engineering and cybernetics. They enable organizations to implement the best practices of management theory.
The values of sociocracy are harmony, equivalence, effectiveness along with accountability, inclusiveness, and transparency.