Freedom in the Crosswalks

It is absolutely right that pedestrians are as irresponsible as drivers are and that the difficulties of getting laws changed are gargantuan and that groups have been working for years to get the police to enforce stops before making right turns on red. That’s the big picture and understanding the big picture is important. I’m a big picture person if there ever was one. I always want to understand the big picture, but action starts… Read More . . . “Freedom in the Crosswalks”

Hierarchies 101

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”

Satisfice: Satisfying & Sufficient

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”

Sociocracy@yahoogroups.com

Sociocracy@yahoogroups.com was started in October of 2000 by Marielle Jansen who was a member of the Sociocratisch Centrum in Rotterdam, beginning in the early 1990s. Sharon Villines became moderator of the list in 2002 when Marielle moved to Australia. In 2002 there were 12 members. In 2010, there were 272. In 2013, 304. This is the most active forum for discussion about sociocracy. List traffic varies depending on the current topic. Topics range from questions… Read More . . . “Sociocracy@yahoogroups.com”

Sharon Villines

Sharon Villines is a writer and Mentor Emeritus at SUNY Empire State College, where she taught, among other things, arts management and small business planning, and served on numerous academic and governance policy committees. She served as president and grievance chair and on the statewide board of the AFL-CIO-affiliated faculty union. She is a co-author of Orientation to College: A Reader on Becoming an Educated Person (Wadsworth, 2004). With a long interest in how we… Read More . . . “Sharon Villines”