I’d never heard anyone claim sociocracy was based on sociology. How do you interpret that?
The relationship between sociocracy and sociology was there from the beginning. The first use of the word sociocracy was by Comte, the father of sociology, who created it in the 1850s to refer to a government based sociology, the new science for the study of society. Frank Ward, the father of American Sociology, was the next strong advocate for Sociocracy. … Read More . . . “Sociocracy and Sociology”
The power of using a tree as a symbol of sociocracy is not that it turns the hierarchy on its head, which one can do just as easily with the rake diagram. It’s that the tree is an almost universally positive living image and its biology understood. It is universal symbol of life, growth, beauty, and eternity.
People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne.… Read More . . . “Symbol of Sociocracy?”
The American Society for Cybernetics is an interdisciplinary association whose members are interested in the study and application of first and second order cybernetics and general systems thinking. ASC holds annual conferences in changing locations.
The History page is an interesting history of cybernetics in America.
“The science and art of understanding”—Humberto Maturana
“Interfaces hard competence with the hard problems of the soft sciences”—Heinz von Foerster
A Sociocracy for Business
It was a graduate of the Boekes’ school, Dutch electrical engineer Gerard Endenburg, who developed a method for implementing sociocracy in a competitive, results-oriented corporation. After completing his military service, he worked at Philips where he invented the small speakers still used in mobile devices. In 1968, he became the managing director of this family’s electrical engineering company, Endenburg Electric.
As an engineer, Gerard Endenburg found it frustrating that he could… Read More . . . “Gerard Endenburg: The Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method”
Sociocracy is a governance method based on collaboration, self-organization, and distributed authority. It is designed for transparency, inclusiveness, and accountability. Democracy values freedom and equality but doesn’t have a governance structure guaranteed to ensure them. A Sociocratic Democracy uses the methods of sociocracy to achieve the values of democracy creating a practical and effective way to organize. This site is about sociocracy and the ways in which it can help democracy achieve its highest goal: freedom and equality for all, finally.
What you will find here
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.
The sociocracy email discussion list was started in 2002. The list language is English, but members speak many languages if you have translation questions. We discuss anything related to sociocracy, democracy, and collaborative governance.