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We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy

Amazing New Edition of We the People

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

Martin Grimshaw

Front cover of the second edition of We the People

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

The Spanish edition,  Nosotros, el Pueblo, Acordando una democracia más profunda translated by Romina Piscione, is available in several ebook outlets including Barnes & Noble, Tolino, Kobo, and Scribd. Amazon is still processing but it should be available any day now.

The Portuguese edition, Nós o Povo, Consentindo a uma Democracia mais Profunda was translated by a team of translators coördinated by Diogo Cordovil S. Cordeiro. It is expected to be available in Barnes & Noble, Tolino, Kobo, and Scribd the first week of September. Amazon’s processing will take a few more weeks.

Standard Reference for Understanding Sociocracy

Since publication of the first edition in 2007, We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy  has become the standard reference on sociocracy. It is a comprehensive presentation of the history and application of the sociocratic principles and practices, it explains what they are designed to accomplish. As organizations adapt sociocracy to their existing structure and culture some changes may seem necessary. Understanding “the why” is essential to making changes without negating the benefits of the original.

“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.

The Definitive Guide to Collaborative Governance

We the People remains the definitive handbook for learning about sociocracy and its method of collaboratively designing and organizing successful organizations, and respecting the intelligence and commitment of everyone in the organization.

Collection of Readings and Resources

We the People also includes a number of resources not available elsewhere:  “how to” information, reprints of historical texts, short guides for meetings, a glossary, and a selected bibliography. The print edition is fully indexed.

The new edition also includes many more photographs, diagrams, charts, and tables.

Topics include:

  • 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.

Also see: Errata and Supplementary Materials

Also see: Table of Contents

Where to Find We the People

The paper and digital editions of the English edition are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell Books, and other online booksellers. Specialized works on governance are often not stocked by brick and mortar bookstores, but your bookstore can order them through Ingram, the major distributor of books to bookstores. (And encourage them to stock the book).

Since the title “We the People” is unusually common and the name “John Buck” is far from  unique, it is helpful to search for the book by its ISBN, the full title, or “Sharon Villines.”

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 recite when the numbers grouped.)

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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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Trainers, consultants, schools, and organizations can order in batches of 20+ books at a significant discount directly from Press: Bulk Orders