When connecting around needs and empathizing with feelings is going on, people don’t get hung up on strategies. Why not table discussion of strategies until there is universal agreement that all parties fully and deeply understand and appreciate each other’s feelings and needs? Then strategies need not be points of conflict—but points of creativity to find solutions that work for all.
Strategies vs trust
In the first sociocratic organization, Kees and Betty Boeke’s Children’s Community… Read More . . . “Conflict Resolution: Strategies vs Trust”
¡La traducción al español de Nosotros, el Pueblo ya está disponible!
La 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… Read More . . . “Nosotros, el Pueblo: Acordando una democracia más profunda”
The Second Edition of the Standard Handbook for Understanding Sociocracy
With the first edition in 2007, We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy became the essential handbook on sociocracy. It explains the how and why of this very successful method of designing collaborative organizations. Because sociocracy is based on inclusive decision-making, it empowers everyone in an organization. When members can make decisions about their work, their commitment to the organization’s aim is much deeper.… Read More . . . “We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, 2nd edition”
Beyond Democracy: The Film by Ted Millich consists of interviews with international leaders and consultants in sociocracy. The interviews were done over a period of several years and include Gerard Endenburg, John Buck. and Frank Karsten. Some excerpts are available on YouTube.
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.)
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… Read More . . . “Producing Organization: The 27 Block Chart”
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… Read More . . . “Values and Sociocracy”
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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.
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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.