Category: In Civic Life
Applying the principles and practices of sociocratic democracy in civic life is where it may be most comfortable. Democracy is probably valued even when not practiced very well. Majority vote means majority rule, and it promotes competition rather than cooperation. It is in our neighborhood associations, community services, and local governments that we most need to use the sociocratic principles and practices that deepen our democracy.
There is no reason to believe that bureaucrats and politicians, no matter how well-meaning, are better at solving problems than the people on the spot, who have the strongest incentive to get the solution right.
Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Prize in Economics, 2009
…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”
If any other citizen of the United States did what Donald Trump did on 16 July 2018 in the news conference with Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, the FBI would arrest them the moment they returned to American soil.
Trump had been briefed just before leaving for Europe where he denied the truth of the briefing and the guilt of 12 Russians indicted for interfering with the 2016 American presidential election. He emphatically took the… Read More . . . “A Treasonous President”
Trump, Trumpism, and Trumpist
In the winter, I promised to write more about Donald Trump as a democratic leader (already a difficult leap) and how things would differ in a government based on the Sociocratic Circle Method (SCM) of organization. A series of compare-and-contrast analyses that would illustrate the ways in which a sociocratic democracy would prevent or disable a Trumpist government.
The 24/7 television news channels have been and still are a daily deluge… Read More . . . “Sociocracy’s Achilles Heel”
The state of American politics under Donald Trump and his privy Councillor Stephen “Steve” Bannon is a perfect example of using majority vote to create autocracies. Majority vote lends itself to being divisive. The decisions are always made with yes or no answers. A bill is voted up or down. There are no other options. And once a group is divided into yes’s and no’s, people begin to manipulate others to form a majority so… Read More . . . “Using Majority Vote to Create Autocracies”
How could an ignorant, racist, misogynist, isolationist, tax-evading, sex abuser, and financial fraud with orange hair and no respect for factual information be nominated by a major party to become the American President? Is he another Hitler?
I’ve been thanked for my efforts at trying to help international readers understand the American election. I wish I had something reassuring to say about Donald Trump. Admittedly it is not much solace, but most Americans, even those… Read More . . . “Another Hitler? The World Watches in Horror”