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Nosotros, el Pueblo: Acordando una democracia más profunda

¡La traducción al español de Nosotros, el Pueblo ya está disponible!

Cover of Nosotros, el PuebloLa edición actualizada y ampliada de Nosotros, el Pueblo: Acordando una democracia más profunda, de John Buck y Sharon Villines, ahora está disponible en una ediciones  digitales.

Nosotros, el Pueblo: Acordando una democracia más profunda, traducido por Romina Piscione, está disponible en varios ebooks como Barnes & Noble, Tolino, Kobo y Scribd. Amazon aún está procesando, pero debería estar disponible en cualquier momento.

Referencia estándar para comprender la sociocracia

Desde la publicación de la primera edición en 2007, We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy se ha convertido en la referencia estándar sobre sociocracia. Es una presentación completa de la historia y la aplicación de los principios y las prácticas sociocráticas, explica para qué están diseñados. A medida que las organizaciones adaptan la sociocracia a su estructura y cultura existentes, algunos cambios pueden parecer necesarios. Comprender “el por qué” es esencial para realizar cambios sin negar los beneficios del original.

“Nuestra comprensión de cómo funciona el mundo se alteró fundamentalmente cuando el modelo mecánico de sistemas lineales cerrados fue reemplazado por cibernética y teoría de la complejidad. La sociocracia es un método de gobernanza que utiliza estas nuevas ciencias para diseñar organizaciones que son tan poderosas, autoorganizadas, y autocorrección como el mundo natural, incluidas las abejas melíferas “. – Desde la portada del libro.

La guía definitiva para la gobernanza colaborativa

Nosotros, el Pueblo sigue siendo el manual definitivo para aprender sobre sociocracia y su método para diseñar y organizar colaborativamente organizaciones exitosas, y respetar la inteligencia y el compromiso de todos en la organización.

Collection of Readings and Resources

Nosotros, el Pueblo también incluye una cantidad de recursos no disponibles en otros lugares: información sobre “cómo hacer”, reimpresiones de textos históricos, guías breves para reuniones, un glosario y una bibliografía seleccionada. La edición impresa está completamente indexada.

La nueva edición también incluye muchas más fotografías, diagramas, gráficos y tablas.

Los temas incluyen:

  • la historia y la teoría de la sociocracia,
  • su base en cibernética,
  • el razonamiento detrás de los principios esenciales,
  • la relación del método del círculo sociocrático con la teoría de gestión tradicional,
  • el proceso de implementación,
  • lecturas clásicas,
  • ejemplos de estatutos para empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro,
  • guías breves para reuniones y toma de decisiones,
  • un glosario, y
  • bibliografía.

Ver también: Errata y Materiales Suplementarios

Ver también: Tabla de contenido

Ver también: Extracto del libro

Dónde encontrar Nosotros, el Pueblo

Nosotros, el Pueblo: Acordando una democracia más profunda, de John Buck y Sharon Villines. traducido por Romina Piscione – 2nd edition 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9792827-4-4

Materiales adicionales

Haga clic aquí para descargar el PDF de la figura 13.2. El 27 gráfico de bloques en español

We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, 2nd edition

A New Edition of the Standard Reference for Understanding Sociocracy

Since the publication of the first edition in 2007, We the People has become the definitive handbook for learning about sociocracy and its method of collaboratively designing and organizing successful organizations. The principles and practices are designed to ensure that all members are respected so the commitment of everyone in the organization is enhanced.

In English

Front cover of the second edition of We the People

The updated and expanded edition of We The People: Consenting To A Deeper Democracy by John Buck & Sharon Villines is now available in both print and digital editions.

Softcover: ISBN: 978-0-9792827-3-7
Digital: ISBN: 978-0-9792827-2-0

In Spanish

Cover of Spanish Edition

The Spanish edition, Nosotros, el Pueblo, Acordando una democracia más profunda was translated by Romina Piscione of RPP Translations. It is available from the ebook sellers listed below.

ISBN: 978-0-9792827-4-4

Description in Spanish

In Portuguese

Cover of the Portuguese editionThe Portuguese edition, Nós o Povo, Consentindo a uma Democracia mais Profunda was translated by a team of translators coördinated by Diogo Cordovil S. Cordeiro.  It is available from the ebooksellers below.

ISBN: 978-0-9792827-5-1

Description in Portuguese

 

Contents

We the People includes a number of resources not available elsewhere:  “how to” information, reprints of historical texts, short guides for meetings, a glossary, and a selected bibliography. The print edition is fully indexed.

 Also includes:

  • The history and theory of sociocracy
  • Its foundation in cybernetics
  • The reasoning behind the essential principles,
  • The  Sociocratic Circle Method’s relationship to traditional management theory
  •  The implementation process
  • Classic texts
  • Examples of bylaws for businesses and nonprofits
  • Short guides for meetings and decision-making
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Many more photographs, diagrams, charts, and tables.

Also see: Errata and Supplementary Materials and 27-Block Charts

Where and How to Find We the People

The paper and digital editions of the English edition are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell Books, and other online booksellers. Specialized works on governance are often not stocked by brick and mortar bookstores, but your bookstore can special order them through Ingram, the major distributor of books to bookstores. (And please encourage them to stock the book.)

Searching for the book in online databases is complicated. After months of complaints about online booksellers not carrying the book, I spent a day—yes, all day—searching online bookstores for each of the four versions. Since the title “We the People” is common and the name “John Buck” is far from  unique, I have suggested that people search for the book by its ISBN or “Villines.” However, complaints persisted. After visiting each site and searching for each title, I discovered there is no one way to find the book.

Search Everything

Even on each of the Amazon stores around the world, one keyword doesn’t work but another one does. The ISBN doesn’t either. “Villines” returns no items but “Sharon Villines” will find six or seven. “We the People” won’t work, but elsewhere “We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy” works for all three language versions. Or it only works for the English edition and the Spanish and Portuguese versions have to be searched by their titles. In some countries, the authors may not be listed at all, only by the translators.  It’s not so easy as I thought.

 Available from these Booksellers

Now an expert in bad search engines in many countries, I have included below the links to each of the language versions at each of the online stores. Amazon’s websites are only listed first because there are so many of them and not all countries allow purchases to be made from outside their borders. (Reasons I’ve been given include protection against money laundering and political unrest.)

The English, Portuguese, and Spanish translations are available as indicated below, but as availability grows, a Google search on the full book title will may you find other booksellers.

ABE Books is a resource for finding new and used books from independent booksellers. They have a good search engine and service is predictably prompt and reliable.

Powell’s City of Books claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the world, probably true. They have had almost everything I have ever looked for, used or new, but they don’t carry digital editions.

Bulk Orders

Trainers, consultants, schools, and organizations can order 20+ copies of the English print edition at a significant discount directly from Sociocracy.info Press: Bulk Orders.

Beyond Democracy: The Film by Ted Millich

Beyond Democracy: The Film by Ted Millich is consists of a series of   interviews of international leader and consultants in sociocracy. The interviews were done over a period of several years and some excerpts are available on YouTube. The interviews include Gerard Endenburg, John Buck. and Frank Karsten.

The current draft is available in a 29-minute DVD from Ted at his website. The film has menus and subtitles in English, Dutch, French, and German.

Ted Millich also publishes a video blog on YouTube. (He’s an interesting speaker.)

Sociocracy Consulting Group

The Sociocracy Consulting Group, LLC, is an international consulting firm formed in 2013 by several certified consultants including John Buck, the first sociocracy consultant in the United States. It is  a division of the Global Sociocracy Group, with head offices in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

We are a team of passionate believers in equivalence, effectiveness, and transparency. We combine a diversity of backgrounds with a common vision, mission, and aim.

Clients choose us time and again because

  • Their staff becomes more engaged
  • Leaders’ jobs become easier
  • Their financial well-being improves

We create long-term sustainable partnerships with our clients as we help organizations adopt Dynamic Governance as their decision-making and governance method.

Our portfolio of clients is well diversified and includes organizations of all types—from manufacturers to drug researchers; from government agencies to religious groups; from nonprofit associations and schools to cohousing communities and families.

Producing Organization: The 27 Block Chart

Classic English Ideal Feedback Model

The process of producing organization, designing production, is aided by completing a 27-block chart. The diagram above is the ideal feedback model that illustrates a simple system. It shows the input of information or resources, A as the transformation of those resources, and the output. B is the feedback loop of information that can be used to correct the process or confirm that it is accomplishing the aim.

The 27-Block Chart

The link below is to a 27 block chart for creating a family meal program provided by John Buck. It illustrates how to plan the steps of input-transformation-output which manage production, and then the leading-doing-measuring activities for each step.

The chart is complex and many of us never go into such detail, but in analyzing complex processes involving thousands of dollars of investments, this level detail, and more, is necessary in planning the work process. Even for simple processes like family meals it can identify the steps that we often do unconsciously and perhaps make us more aware of steps that are missing or that we could improve.

27 Block Chart for Planning a Family Meal

 

Values and Sociocracy

Equality

When I first learned about sociocracy in 2002 I believed that its value was equality.* The counter argument was that equality wasn’t a value, it was a practicality. People work more efficiently when they have an equal voice in their work. Sociocracy is value-free. It is an empty tool that when used by any organization increases its productivity. My first reaction to that was to suggest that the word tool, with its meaning of penis in vulgar English, was probably not the best image for a decision-making method and empty penis was not a good. I got blank, rather unbelieving stares. Empty tool as of this writing continues to be used.

I retained equality as a value. In and of itself, it was worth something.

Transparency

Next came transparency, the open sharing information. The more I saw consensus decision-making in action and reevaluated previous organizational decision-making experiences, the more I realized that decision-making in general and consensus specifically, is only effective if each person in the organization has access to all available information. In sociocratic organizations transparency is a practice, like logbooks, variable compensation based on performance, etc. All records, with the exception of proprietary information like recipes, are open to all members of the organization and to customers and clients.

As a practice transparency can be modified as it fits the situation, like a logbook that can be modified to fit the needs of the organization. It exists in the technical realm and is negotiable. As a value transparency is right out in front as a measure of all actions, of all decisions. Am I appropriately sharing or withholding? Am I deceiving others? Withholding information on which I am making a decision from others making the same decision is being deceptive in the same way that ignoring people is an act of violence. Openness, like equality, is worth something. An ethical person is open and truthful.

Action, Decisiveness, Effectiveness, Focus

The third value is one that John Buck raised initially as action. He and CT Butler had been discussing their approaches to consensus and governance. CT had argued for the importance of values and John came back convinced and floated equivalence, action, and transparency. I was delighted, but I didn’t think action fit all organizations or was necessarily a good value. Action for the sake of action is doomed and not what sociocracy advocates. I suggested decisiveness. John objected that it could be confused with judging. I tried effectiveness and before he could respond countered with focus. One of the characteristics of the best organizations is their focus on their aims. John agreed.

Values and Sociocracy

Our current understanding of the values of sociocracy: Equivalence, Focus, and Transparency. We are about to find out whether others agree with us. But one thing that we know is that sociocracy and values are words that can appear in the same sentence.

*On the equality vs. equivalent debate: by definition equality and equivalence are synonyms. In mathematics, equivalence is preferred because it emphasizes that two statements can be equal but not the same. In A+B = A+c+x, the two halves are not the same but have the same result. They are equivalent but not equal. Since sociocracy has more to do with the social sciences than with mathematics, I prefer to use equality.

2014 October 1:  Eventually effectiveness won out over focus, and empty tool hasn’t been heard in a while.

Asheville Movement Collective, North Carolina, US

Asheville Movement Collective logoThe 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

Living Well Community Care Home

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.

In 2012, Sheella Mierson, sociocracy consultant, and Alana Kann, author, wrote a case study of Living Well’s use of sociocracy/dynamic governance and how it has changed their organization. The article is available online:

Got DG? Healthy Transformation in an Elder Care Community

(Living Well Community Care Home is now a part of Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington, VT.)