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.

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?”

Values and Purpose

Gerard Endenburg The principles and methods of sociocracy are often presented as “empty” meaning they can be used by any kind of organization to accomplish any aim. Values and purpose have no place in scientific method the argument goes. Sociocracy is based on studies of how things work in nature (cybernetics) and how people function in groups (sociology). It is free of ideology—any religious, economic, or political world view. No hidden agendas. No value system. Equivalence and self-determination are… Read More . . . “Values and Purpose”

Gerard Endenburg: The Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method

Photograph of Gerard Endenburg in 2010 A Sociocracy for Business It was a graduate of the Boekes’ school, Dutch electrical engineer Gerard Endenburg, who developed a method for implementing sociocracy in a competitive, results-oriented corporation. After completing his military service, he worked at Philips where he invented the small speakers still used in mobile devices. In 1968, he became the managing director of this family’s electrical engineering company, Endenburg Electric. As an engineer, Gerard Endenburg found it frustrating that he could… Read More . . . “Gerard Endenburg: The Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method”