We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, 2nd Edition

Front cover of the second edition of We the People

The 2nd edition of We The People: Consenting To A Deeper Democracy by John Buck & Sharon Villines is now available in both print and digital editions.

Since publication of the first edition in 2007, We the People has become the standard reference on the history, understanding, and application of sociocratic principles and practices. It also includes “how to” information, reprints of historical texts, short guides for meetings, a glossary, and a selected bibliography. It is fully indexed.

  • the history and theory of sociocracy,
  • its foundation in cybernetics,
  • the reasoning behind the essential principles,
  • the  sociocratic circle method’s relationship to traditional management theory,
  •  the implementation process,
  • classic readings,
  • examples of bylaws for businesses and nonprofits,
  • short guides for meetings and decision-making,
  • a glossary,
  • bibliography; and
  • index.
  • The new edition also includes photographs, diagrams, charts, and tables.


The second edition has been substantially updated and expanded. It remains the definitive handbook for learning about sociocracy and its method of collaboratively designing and organizing successful organizations while respecting the intelligence and commitment of everyone in the organization.

“Sociocracy is an essential tool for the 21st Century that in essence is simultaneously simple, human, and practical.” Martin Grimshaw

“Our understanding of how the world works was fundamentally altered when the mechanical model of closed, linear systems was replaced with cybernetics and complexity theory. Sociocracy is a governance method that uses these new sciences to design organizations that are as powerful, self-organizing, and self-correcting as the natural world, including the honeybees.” From the book cover.

Also see: Errata and Supplementary Materials

Also see: Table of Contents

Where to Find We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy

The paper and digital editions of the English edition are available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell Books, and other online booksellers. You can also order copies through your local booksellers (and encourage them to stock the book).

We The People: Consenting To A Deeper Democracy by John Buck & Sharon Villines – 2nd edition 2017

Softcover: ISBN: 978-0-9792827-3-7

Digital edition: ISBN: 978-0-9792827-2-0

(Some search engines require removing the dashes in the ISBN’s but the number is easier to read and thus type when the numbers grouped.)


The Spanish translation of the second edition of We the People is available in digital edition. The translator is Romina Piscione of RPP Translations. Her facebook page.

At this writing, the digital version of the Spanish translation is available at the websites below. It will take a few weeks to reach all of them—a Google search on the title, Nosotros, el Pueblo: acordando una democracia más profunda.

The Portuguese translation is in the editing process.

The Turkish translation is still in negotiations.

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