Collaborative organizations develop a wide variety of approaches to creating workplaces that are more democratic and sociocratic. Many other names and rationales are used but they end up in the same place as sociocratic democratic organizations. Freedom. Equality. Harmony. Inclusion. Self-organization.
Sunseed Desert Technology is a center for practical education in off-grid living. It offers studies in sustainability, soil erosion in drylands, appropriate technology, eco-construction, and organic gardening. The center has been teaching in the off-grid village of Los Molinos del Río Aguas in Andalusia, Spain for 30 years.
Sunseed is in the process of adopting a more horizontal organizational structure inspired by Sociocracy. In 2019, the community worked with facilitators Xana Piteira and Maria Rute… Read More . . . “Sunseed Desert Technology, Andalusia, Spain”
“Celebrating Curiosity — Igniting Passion”
Founded in 2005, Pacem School is an independent 6th-12th grade school on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier VT. It is state-approved and uses sociocratic decision-making to govern the school. Pacem offers coursework for full-time students and extra-curricular support to homeschoolers age 10-18.
From their website:
Pacem’s deep sense of community and its size both allow and are supported by its distinct form of decision-making, the sociocratic… Read More . . . “Pacem School, Montpelier VT”
Several articles have appeared in the last month or so on the implementation of self-management at Zappos. After having adopted Holacracy, which is based on the principles of sociocracy, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, sent a memo on 24 March 2015 to employees offering three months of salary to any employee who would read a book on Holacracy and quit if they were still not happy in an organization based on self-management.
It was a… Read More . . . “Self-Management at Zappos”
I sat in on a conference call with the SociocraticConsultingGroup-en last week on forming an organization for sociocracy. I found the discussion to be about the same issues we had several years ago, when Socionet tried to form. It’s the same problem that the NVC organization has had, and that the Austin Belly dance group discussed on the firstname.lastname@example.org list many years ago. The problem of conflicting aims and energies between professionals and enthusiasts.
The… Read More . . . “A Sociocratic Movement?”
Rainbow Community School is a private, independent school serving 42 preschoolers and about 120 students from kindergarten through eighth grade in Asheville, North Carolina. For more than 35 years, we have been a national leader in alternative, holistic and contemplative education.
The essay by Renee Owen, “Educating the Innovation Generation, Part IV, How Can School Create and Innovative Culture” discusses the school’s reasons for using sociocracy (Dynamic Governance).
A hierarchy is very efficient. For example, during a crisis, a leader can issue life-saving orders; but it comes with inherent problems. In addition to the equitability issues involved with a hierarchical structure, innovative ideas from the bottom of the hierarchy don’t make their way to the top, creating stagnation. On the other hand, a grassroots approach, where all individuals have equal voice and power, creates a lot of great ideas, but typically lacks the… Read More . . . “Rainbow Community School, Asheville, NC”
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