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.

Laws and Policies: The Differences

Drop Cap Letter Q Won’t the prescriptive Norms in sociocracy and the Constitution in Holacracy impose the rule of law, which will quickly devolve into the rule of lawyers? The more arcane and opaque the law is, the more tyrannical that law becomes. My response to this requires a distinction between laws and policies. Laws and policies are the same in that both govern future actions and decisions. Laws  are made by governments to govern the actions of citizens… Read More . . . “Laws and Policies: The Differences”

Understanding Objections & Beheaviments

Translations There is a conversation on the sociocracy@yahoogroups.com list about the meaning of the word bezwaar, the Dutch word that has been translated as objection. The question is whether objection is a good translation and how other translations might affect understanding objections and consent. The translations into other languages and those in different Dutch/English dictionaries suggest something other than objection. In English, objection means no, “This decision can’t go forward.” In other languages it has… Read More . . . “Understanding Objections & Beheaviments”

Citizen Hive and Another Tree

Tree Organizational diagram from Citizen Hive in Sweden. 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,… Read More . . . “Citizen Hive and Another Tree”

Symbol of Sociocracy?

Row of tree graphics. The power of using a tree as a symbol of sociocracy is not that it turns the hierarchy on its head, which one can do just as easily with the rake diagram. It’s that the tree  is an almost universally positive  living image  and its biology understood. It is universal symbol of life, growth, beauty, and eternity. People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne.… Read More . . . “Symbol of Sociocracy?”

American Society for Cybernetics

American Society of Cybernetics Logo The American Society for Cybernetics is an interdisciplinary association whose members are interested in the study and application of first and second order cybernetics and general systems thinking. ASC holds annual conferences in changing locations. The History page is an interesting history of cybernetics in America. “The science and art of understanding”—Humberto Maturana “Interfaces hard competence with the hard problems of the soft sciences”—Heinz von Foerster

What Is Sociocracy and Why Does Democracy Need it?

Let’s start with “What is Sociocracy?” A quick answer is that sociocracy is both: A social ideal that values equality and the rights of people to determine the conditions under which they live and work, and An effective method of organizing associations, businesses, and governments, large and small. In English-speaking countries, as a method of organization sociocracy is often called dynamic governance, but around the world is simply called sociocracy. In the 1970s, Gerard Endenburg… Read More . . . “What Is Sociocracy and Why Does Democracy Need it?”