The circle is a universal symbol for wholeness and inclusion, while the Greek letter sigma denotes the sum of all parts of a whole. The Circle Sigma System provides a framework for groups to work together in connection toward wholeness as expressed by their common aim or goal. The organization and its members work in the context of shared core values and are guided by common central tenets. The system was developed by Gregory Rouillard of Storm Integrated Solutions.
Connection: the members of the organization value the quality of their working relationships with each other.
Equivalence: each member of the organization has an equal voice in deciding the conditions for working together.
Effectiveness: members of the organization value getting things done to achieve their shared vision.
Vision: a view or dream of the world the organization is working toward.
Mission: how the organization operates in order to realize the vision (internal view).
Aim: a product or service that is the focus of work for the organization (external view).
Component Elements and Constituent Models
The component elements of the Circle Sigma System, the “pieces of the pie” in the diagram shown above, include Organizational Structure, Aim Realization, and Relational Development. The Circle Sigma System integrates three constituent models: Sociocratic Circle-Organization, Compassionate Communication, and Restorative Circles.
Gregory Rouillard, M.S., M.Div., is a Boulder native who grew up in a small town in western Colorado before attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Following graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served for twenty years as an AV-8B Harrier pilot and in numerous other roles. He earned a Master of Science in Operations Research at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 2003 and retired in 2008.
Near the end of his career as a Marine, Gregory met John Buck and began to study and practice the Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method under his mentorship. At about the same time he began to study and practice Compassionate Communication (NVC) with Capital NVC, an organization in the Washington, D.C. area which became his first Sociocratic consulting client.
Since moving back home to Colorado in 2009, Rouillard continued to develop the Circle Sigma System and refine his understanding and presentation of Sociocracy and Compassionate Communication. He has consulting clients around the U.S., including NVC organizations in Denver and Madison, Wisconsin, the Boulder Valley School District and cohousing communities in Colorado and Oklahoma.
He is the Executive Director of Family HEART Camp, a series of summer camps for all ages based in the principles and practice of Compassionate Communication. Family HEART Camp and its parent non-profit both use the Circle Sigma System.
Storm Integrated Solutions provides organizational governance solutions to communities, voluntary organizations, government agencies, non-profits, and small businesses. The principal is Gregory Rouillard who developed the Circle Sigma System. Based on Boulder, Colorado, they work with clients in other locations.
Our primary transformational framework is The Circle Sigma System, an integrated application of the Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method, Compassionate Communication, and Restorative Circles. We offer the following services:
Public workshops and training events
Telephonic and web-based trainings
On-site trainings tailored to your organization
Ongoing consultation and support in implementing transformational practices in your organization
Professional facilitation of any group meeting or process