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.

Aptivate Adopts Sociocracy

Changing the World by Changing the Way We Make Decisions Sociocracy, participatory decision-making creates systems that allow people to express full potential, says consultant Monday August 08, 2011 — Camille Jensen,  AxiomNews While there are countless ways to better the world, Decision Lab facilitator Nathanial Whitestone says changing how we make decisions is the most critical and profound change we could make. Co-founding Decision Lab one year ago, Whitestone says the U.K.-based organization aims to… Read More . . . “Aptivate Adopts Sociocracy”

Aptivate, Cambridge, England, UK

“Ethical IT for International Development” Website and software developers providing technical  support for international development initiatives by other non-profits, charities, NGOs, facilitators, and trainers. Aptivate provides hosting services and advice on strategy, policy, implementation and procurement and build robust, accessible and usable software, mobile and web services. Specializes in low-bandwidth solutions for the web . Mission Aptivate believes in the power of knowledge and communication to alleviate poverty, suffering and conflict, and in the right… Read More . . . “Aptivate, Cambridge, England, UK”

Maverick by Riccardo Semler

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

The Sociocracy Group

The Sociocratisch Centrum was founded by Gerard Endenburg who developed the Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method. In 2014, it reorganized and became The Sociocracy Group (TSG) to distinguish itself as an international  consulting firm with affiliates in many countries.  The Sociocracy Group serves as a professional association for certified facilitators, trainers, and consultants, and oversees the Certification of Sociocratic Experts worldwide. The standards, norms, and certification process are posted on the site. Along with an international list… Read More . . . “The Sociocracy Group”

Asheville Movement Collective, North Carolina, US

The Asheville Movement Collective began transitioning to sociocracy in 2010 after working with John Buck. Their vision, mission, aim: VISION: A world that moves in harmony where all are free to be their authentic selves within a loving community. MISSION: Inspiring authenticity and healthy community through free-form dance AIM: Hosting dance waves for personal and community transformation Summary of sociocracy as they use it and diagrams of their organizational structure: Asheville Movement Collective Self-Governance System