A Handbook for Understanding and Implementing
Sociocratic Principles and Practices
Now available in print and digital editions.
Updated and expanded in a new sparking design
We the People is a comprehensive presentation of the history, principles, and theory of sociocracy. It also includes “how to” information, reprints of historical texts, guides to meeting processes, a glossary, and a bibliography and index. The second printing, with corrections, is now shipping.
Softcover: $29.95 ISBN: 978-0-9792827-3-7
Digital: $20.00 ISBN: 978-0-9792827-2-0
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.
That all people are created equally and endowed with the unquestionable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the promise of the United States Declaration of Independence. In practice, however, these rights exist only for the majority, the rich, or property owners. We the People explains how sociocracy ensures these rights to everyone. Sociocracy shares the values of democracy, but designs more inclusive and efficient organizations—and deeper democracies. Sociocracy makes profit-making businesses more profitable, and non-profit organizations more effective, and everyone happier.
The first edition of We the People was published in 2007 was the first comprehensive presentation of the history and theoretical foundations of sociocracy. This edition expands that discussion, with more discussion of cybernetics, and includes more resources. The text includes:
- 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
- The new edition also includes photographs, diagrams, charts, and tables.
The Introduction discusses sociocracy today—the kinds of organizations where it is being practiced, the languages in which it is being taught, and where it can be studied.
The text discusses the history of sociocracy since the mid-nineteenth century, the principles and methods, how and why they produce better organizations, and “how to” chapters. In addition to sample bylaws and practical guides for circle meetings, it includes pivotal articles by:
- Lester Frank Ward, “Sociocracy.”
- Kees Boeke, “Democracy as It Might Be.”
- Gerard Endenburg, “Rational for a New Social Structure.”