New Ownership: Sociocracy for All

Logo of Sociocracy for All I’m very happy that Sociocracy for All (SoFA) has stepped forward to assume responsibility for caretaking and developing They have an exciting plan to develop a commons for all the sociocracy-based theories and organizationsThe Delibrative Democracy Consortium (DDC)u is an alliance o... More. When I began in 2004, there was only one website devoted to sociocracy, based on Netherlands, and often hard to find. Search engines were fickle about it. Today when I… Read More . . . “New Ownership: Sociocracy for All”

The Future of the Website

The Future of the Website I have been studying and writing on Sociocracy since 2002 and am ready to move on to other interests. When I started studying and writing on sociocracy, it was almost totally unknown in English-speaking countries. The first effort was to collaborate with John Buck, the first certified sociocratic consultant outside of the Netherlands, on an authoritative handbook in English — and for me to learn enough to do it. I worked with John Buck, or… Read More . . . “The Future of the Website”

Conflict Resolution: Strategies vs Trust

When connecting around needs and empathizing with feelings is going on, people don’t get hung up on strategies. Why not table discussion of strategies until there is universal agreement that all parties fully and deeply understand and appreciate each other’s feelings and needs? Then strategies need not be points of conflict—but points of creativity to find solutions that work for all. Strategies vs trust In the first sociocratic organization, Kees and Betty Boeke’s Children’s Community… Read More . . . “Conflict Resolution: Strategies vs Trust”

The Google Count on Google Search: Sociocracy Rises

In 2010, I asserted with no evidence what-so-ever that more than 99% of the world’s population had no knowledge of sociocracy. In a world growing even more democratic, the world’s most deeply democratic method of governance was a punctuation mark far off to the left. Someone might have a method of measuring this more precisely, but I have a quick way: Google Search on “Sociocracy.” It may not be scientific but it’s an independent source… Read More . . . “The Google Count on Google Search: Sociocracy Rises”

Sunseed Desert Technology, Andalusia, Spain

Sunseed Desert Technology Sociocracy 3.0 Workshop Sunseed Desert Technology is a center for practical education in off-grid living. It offers studies in sustainability, soil erosion in drylands, appropriate technology, eco-construction, and organic gardening.  The center has been teaching in the off-grid village of Los Molinos del Río Aguas in Andalusia, Spain for 30 years. Sunseed is in the process of adopting a more horizontal organizational structure inspired by Sociocracy. In 2019, the community worked with facilitators Xana Piteira and Maria Rute… Read More . . . “Sunseed Desert Technology, Andalusia, Spain”

Consensus, Compromise, or Pay Off?

Payoffs and Other Slimy Deals The board of a wildlife federation reaches consensus on a plan to save a threatened wild bird’s habitat. Then they delete the budget for legal action. A Senate committee unanimously recommends legislation after adding amendments for unrelated items. They gave each Senator something they wanted. A bike trail organization stops protesting a new parking lot when it was promised a wider bike path. Is this the same kind of push and pull that is required… Read More . . . “Consensus, Compromise, or Pay Off?”