Category: Getting it done

How do we implement democracy in our daily lives? What can we learn about getting it done?

Pregnancy Is About Control over Women

Less than 20% of Americans oppose a woman’s right to control her own body. So why is the minority winning? In a democracy, where the votes of the majority elect lawmakers, how can the lawmakers pass laws that oppose the majority? This seems to happen often. Even in a democracy, the majority doesn’t control their lives, liberties, or ability to pursue happiness. Would this be different in a sociocratic democracy? (It would, of course, or… Read More . . . “Pregnancy Is About Control over Women”

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?”

Pacem School, Montpelier VT

Pacem School, Montpelier VT “Celebrating Curiosity — Igniting Passion” Founded in 2005, Pacem School is an independent 6th-12th grade school on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier VT. It is state-approved and uses sociocratic decision-making to govern the school. Pacem offers coursework for full-time students and extra-curricular support to homeschoolers age 10-18. From their website: Pacem’s deep sense of community and its size both allow and are supported by its distinct form of decision-making, the sociocratic… Read More . . . “Pacem School, Montpelier VT”

Full-Circle Meetings

Russian nested dolls as a symbol of all circle meetings Sociocracy’s structure is based on delegating decision-making to a hierarchy of semi-autonomous subgroups called circles or teams. This structure gives sociocratic organizations the ability to (1) delegate decisions effectively and efficiently, (2) extend policy decision-making throughout the organization to the shop floor, and (3) reduce the number of meetings. Cohousing and other community groups are attracted to the values of sociocracy and its ability to support consensus decision-making. But they are wary of delegating decisions.… Read More . . . “Full-Circle Meetings”

Sociocracy for One

Creative Commons License Each person is capable of creating harmony, resilience, and responsiveness in themselves and their environment. You yourself can implement the principles and practices of sociocracy, whether you are participating in a sociocratic organization or not. These small changes in your behavior and expectations can make a big difference in the decision-making in any group of people. 1.  EXPECT CONSENT Function as if consent is the standard in decision-making. When a decision is about to be… Read More . . . “Sociocracy for One”

Strong Towns and a Way Forward

Strong Towns Website Logo …a good example of how sociocracy consultants and advocates can work within an organization to incorporate sociocratic principles and practices using the language and current objectives of the organization. What prompted me to write today was the discovery of Strong Towns, a non-profit organization devoted to local civic development.  In despair over the state of American governance, I was clicking through the far too many news sources I read every morning and saw a link… Read More . . . “Strong Towns and a Way Forward”