History and Philosophy

Citizen Hive and Another Tree

Citizen Hive is a sociocratically governed Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)  in Sweden that describes themselves as part Hub, part Cluster,  and an alternative working and meeting space. Members offer a wide range of services that include interior design, IT solutions, facilitation, legal help, and financial information.

Citizen Hive simply is a miniature reflection of how society is meant to be. …an efficient and transparent organisation that includes and integrates the diversity in society.

An organisation where equivalence puts the individual; the personal, civic or professional, at the heart of the organisation that they have chosen to participate within, benefit from and contribute towards. Citizen Hive is the space where we can all find our empowerment in favour of a larger purpose – where we can all be leaders—a system that holds that space regardless of the title of an individual, whatever their position would be.

Their organizational chart on the Citizen Hive organization page is in the form of a tree:

Tree Organizational diagram from Citizen Hive in Sweden.

Many of their diagrams on the site are the shape of the cells in a honeycomb such as the original organizational chart below on their About Us page:


They have very nice definition of sociocracy on their Governance page:

Sociocracy is a holistic approach for inclusive decision-making, efficient governance and the ongoing evaluation and improvement of your team, project, or organization. It fosters empowerment and an attitude where people feel encouraged to experiment, fail and learn.

The reasons for adopting sociocracy:

Citizen Hive has chosen this as our governance system because we want transparency and equivalence in our organization. We believe in self leadership and self governance as means for creating sustainable values to society as within Citizen Hive.

Sociocracy is a social technology for purposeful organization. It radically changes how an organization is structured, how decisions are made, and how power is distributed through a set of “rules of the game” that bake empowerment into the core of the organization. Unlike conventional top-down or progressive bottom-up approaches, it integrates the benefits of both without relying on parental heroic leaders. Everyone becomes a leader of their roles and a follower of others’, processing tensions with real authority and real responsibility, through dynamic governance and transparent operations.

Citizen Hive is facilitating the meeting of a diverse group of people , to start new coöperation projects, and to spark bright ideas. With Sociocracy as a neutral governance system, we believe more fun, sound and sustainable projects can occur, where the individual sovereignty is maintained.

Thanks to Jan Höglund and Michael Göthe
for sending the link to Citizens Hive.