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Recommendations for books, videos, websites, and other resources for people interested in sociocracy and democracy. Topics are wide-ranging: democracy, sociocracy, governance, organizational structure, decision-making, power, politics, etc. Unrelated sources often provide deeper understanding.
I highly recommend Donnella Meadow‘s little book, Thinking in Systems: A Primer (Chelsea Green 2008). It’s short, fun, and to the point. No math or physics required. Recommended for everyone, literally.
In clear, humorous, commonplace situations, Meadows explains the use of systems analysis and how it can be applied in both large-scale and individual problem solving. She moves from simple to more complex examples ultimately explaining the complex ways that feedback loops are used to… Read More . . . “Thinking in Systems by Donnella Meadows”
Beyond Democracy: The Film by Ted Millich is consists of a series of interviews of international leader and consultants in sociocracy. The interviews were done over a period of several years and some excerpts are available on YouTube. The interviews include Gerard Endenburg, John Buck. and Frank Karsten.
The current draft is available in a 29-minute DVD from Ted at his website. The film has menus and subtitles in English, Dutch, French, and German.
Ted… Read More . . . “Beyond Democracy: The Film by Ted Millich”
The Sociocracy Consulting Group website has a collection a of resources including videos explaining sociocracy and featuring people who are using sociocracy in their organizations. A sampling of those available is listed below. At this writing they are all on one page, just scroll down to find the ones you would like to watch. (The links within each listing are to the organizations represented, not the videos.)
Excerpts from Ted Millich’s documentary Beyond Democracy.
Paul… Read More . . . “Videos on Sociocracy by People Using It”
Daniel Mezick, author of The Culture Game, has compiled an intriguing list of books that discuss various approaches to changing cultures. We are happy to announce that We the People made the list. Organizations develop cultures. They communicate in specific ways, share common behavioral expectations, and value similar ideas. These are not always positive or even productive. Even when they negatively impact effectiveness and harmony, they persist. Culture hacking is changing those cultures from within… Read More . . . “Culture Hacking & We the People”
At FreeStandingAgility.com, Daniel Mezick has compiled an intriguing list of books that discuss various approaches to changing cultures. All organizations develop a culture, a common language and ways of doing things. They communicate in specific ways, share common behavioral expectations, and value similar values. These are not always positive or even productive. Even when they stand in the way of effectiveness and harmony, they persist. Culture hacking is changing that culture from within the organization.… Read More . . . “The Definitive List of Culture Hacking Books”
A wonderfully readable update on brain research is Jonah Lehrer’s How We Decide that looks at how our emotions affect decisions and what the brain tells us about it. Lehrer worked in the lab of Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel, is editor-at-large for Seed Magazine, and publishes regularly in major magazines and newspapers. He has both the education to interpret brain research and the ability to write about it clearly — welcome ability. And the… Read More . . . “How We Decide and Why It Matters”