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
Self-organization, sometimes called spontaneous order, is a process in which order arises from disorder. In sociocracy, it refers to a disorganized group of people or a person that organizes itself. The process can be spontaneous as well as the result of feedback from an external source. The resulting organization is likely to be very strong with power distributed all throughout the system. In addition to natural systems, it is used in reference to teams, crowds,… Read More . . . “Self-Organization”
Literally, sociocracy means the sovereignty of the socius: I myself, the next person, the alter ego, the otherness. From a structural point of view this corresponds with the definition of sociocracy as a situation where the principle of consent predominates or is socially all–determining in the sense that it governs the making of decisions at all levels of society. The sociocratic circle organization is a cybernetic means of making this possible and then, as a… Read More . . . “Gerard Endenburg, What is sociocracy?”
Having a right to participate means being recognized by the state as having an entitlement to be informed and involved. Making that right calls for amplifying and channeling citizen voices on the one hand and strengthening the state accountability on the other. Reinventing peoples´ role in this way—”from users and choosers to makers and shapers”— has profound implications for how citizens come to be seen by the state.
In “Revisiting Governance” in Repùblica, … Read More . . . “Pranav Bhattarai: From Users and Choosers to Makers and Shapers”
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