Category: Collaborative Organizations

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.

Rainbow Community School, Asheville, NC

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).

Citizen Hive: Description of Sociocracy

Citizen Hive is a NGO in Sweden Using Sociocracy From the Citizen Hive website on sociocratic governance and why the organization uses it: Citizen Hive uses Sociocracy as our governance system. What is Sociocracy? Sociocracy is a holistic approach for inclusive decision-making, efficient governance, and the ongoing evaluation and improvement of your team, project, or organization. It fosters empowerment and an attitude where people feel encouraged to experiment, fail, and learn. Other benefits of sociocracy:… Read More . . . “Citizen Hive: Description of Sociocracy”

De School, Zandvoort, The Netherlands

deSchool Logo De School in The Netherlands was founded using the sociocratic organization method under the guidance of Annewiek Reijmer of the global center, the Sociocratisch Centrum. The school has become famous in Holland because it offers a 50-week school year in order to meet parents needs for childcare as well as education for their children. The children, as young as six, work with the parents, the teacher, and an outside expert to evaluate the student’s progress… Read More . . . “De School, Zandvoort, The Netherlands”

Maverick by Ricardo Semler

Photo of Ricardo Semler This is a wonderful little book by the CEO of Semco, a corporation in Brazil. His father started the company and in the 1980s passed it along to his rather young son. Semler built a new kind of corporation using “open management” and advocating a “natural” and “democratic” workplace for “industrial citizens.” Lunch Hour Ideas In 1984, Semco acquired a Brazilian subsidiary of Hobart and Semler and describes how he began changing the structure of… Read More . . . “Maverick by Ricardo Semler”

Terra Viva, São Paulo, Brazil

Terra Viva is an agribusiness centered in São Paulo, Brazil begin by the Schoenmaker family in 1959 to grow gladiolas. Though not mentioned on their website, Gerard Endenburg consulted with the owner in the 1970s to develop the company using sociocracy. They now have more than a thousand workers and focus on bulbs and plants for flowers and vegetables. Their website includes a discussion of the company’s philosophy including an organizational chart, but does not… Read More . . . “Terra Viva, São Paulo, Brazil”

School of Media, Culture, and Design, Woodbury University, US

Main hall of School of Media, Culture, and Design The School of Media, Culture, and Design, Woodbury University in Burbank, California, a few miles from Los Angeles, consists of five departments that are well-integrated with the large media industry in the area. After the accreditation auditors expressed concern over the governance and cooperation between the five departments of the School of Media in 2007, the dean suggested they adopt sociocracy/dynamic governance.  Enrollment was declining, there were no cross-disciplinary degrees, and management styles varied significantly. … Read More . . . “School of Media, Culture, and Design, Woodbury University, US”