Category: History and Philosophy
Understanding the history and theory of both democracy and sociocracy provides a deeper understanding of the principles and practices of what a sociocracy or sociocratic democracy might be, and why. Knowing the intention and development of an idea supports the meaningful application of its principles and practices in everyday life.
Circles should be of any size that allows inclusive and efficient deliberations, generally no larger than 40 members with 20 being the optimal maximum. While circle policy directly affects the people setting the policies, it is beneficial to have circles of sufficient size to include a range of experience and expertise. I tried a different way of dealing with the name thing. I know Gerard doesn’t want sociocracy to be “his” thing but calling it the Endenburg method, referring to Endenburg’s principles and practices, etc. avoids a lot of gunk. We have to resolve this and nothing is working for me. When you write a book, the first thing you do is have a title. It has to have a title. This doesn’t yet. No one… Read More . . . “Happiness” There is nothing about a hierarchy that assumes “the people at the top” are any more intelligent or more highly trained than the people at the bottom. They have a different function, one which requires a specific knowledge base and skill set, not necessarily more of either intelligence or training.
A case in point is a university. The president of a college has, one hopes, a certain kind of knowledge and training. The teaching staff… Read More . . . “Hierarchies 101” Relating its own methods/ideas/concepts to those of mainstream management theorists and industry leaders would be good for sociocracy. In fact, I think it is crucial to the wider acceptance of sociocracy for two reasons: Satisfice (a portmanteau of satisfy and suffice) is a decision-making strategy that attempts to meet criteria for adequacy and not to find an ideal solution.
The word satisfice was created by Herbert Simon in 1947. He pointed out that human beings lack the cognitive resources to maximize: we usually do not know the relevant probabilities of outcomes, we can rarely test all outcomes with sufficient precision, and our memories are weak and unreliable. A more… Read More . . . “Satisfice: Satisfying & Sufficient” In another post, I just asserted with no evidence what-so-ever that more than 99% of the world’s population had no knowledge of sociocracy, the world’s most deeply democratic method of governance. Someone might have a method of measuring this but I have a quick way.
When I Googled “sociocracy” in 2002, there were 12 pages listed by Google. Most were repeats of links to Kees Boeke’s essay and to the Sociocratisch Centrum site.
Today, as… Read More . . . “How Many People Know about Sociocracy?”