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.
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”
From DecisionLab’s website:
DecisionLab holds a space for resolution: the moment when conflict and turmoil turn into creative power; the shared commitment to accomplish a challenging goal. We envision a world where everyone knows how to collaborate in making good decisions, and where every community has facilitative leaders who evoke the fair and creative participation of their associates. We offer facilitation, training, coaching & consultancy services to organisations and leaders with whom we share common… Read More . . . “Vision, Mission, Aim Statement, DecisionLab, UK”
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
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”
Living Well Community Care Home is an award-winning elder care facility in Bristol, VT. It was transitioning to sociocracy (dynamic governance) before 2005, working with John Buck.
This article by Sarah Lozenova at Triple Pundit is available online:
How This Residential Care Home Bumped Employee Engagement Into Overdrive
(Living Well Community Care Home is now a part of Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington, VT.)
Update: It was reported in 2013 that Mondriaan is no longer using all the principles and practices of the sociocratic circle-organization method but has devised a structure that accomplishes the same goals.
Mondriaan for Mental Health (Mondriaan for Mental Health Zorggroep Heerlen), a private institution, is one of the largest mental health treatment facilities in the Netherlands, providing inpatient and outpatient services to more than 14,000 adults, adolescents, and children in the province of Limburg… Read More . . . “Mondriaan for Mental Health”
This site is a resource on sociocracy and democracy and the ways they support each other. It examines the principles and practices and the ways in which together they could better achieve their objectives. How would things get done in a sociocratic democracy?
New Edition of We the People
Updated and expanded second edition is now available in paper and digital versions—and in Spanish and Portuguese translations.
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