I sat in on a conference call with the SociocraticConsultingGroup-en last week on forming an organization for sociocracy. I found the discussion to be about the same issues we had several years ago, when Socionet tried to form. It’s the same problem that the NVC organization has had, and that the Austin Belly dance group discussed on the firstname.lastname@example.org list many years ago. The problem of conflicting aims and energies between professionals and enthusiasts.
Laird Schaub’s blog is Community and Consensus. In his Monday 18 August 2014 post, “Critique of Sociocracy,” he presents his “reservations” which are deep and well-stated. Some are quite justified and others misunderstandings. Just like anything else, it’s easy to get the wrong information. This is the second of several posts addressing the points I think are valid and those that are at least partly in error.
One of Laird Schaub’s criticisms … Read More . . . “Addressing Emotions: Laird Schaub on Sociocracy”
With connecting over needs and empathizing with feelings 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 of creativity to find solutions that work for all.
The reason Gerard was unable to use Kees Boeke’s style of consensus decision-making is that … Read More . . . “Conflict Resolution: Strategies vs Trust”
Family HEART Camp is a sociocratically governed summer camp for families with children of all ages. Camps are conducted in West Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio, and Hawaii. The Executive Director is Circle Sigma System founder Gregory Rouillard.
HEART stands for Harmony, Ease, Authenticity, Respect, and Trust, important family values that Compassionate Communication supports us in living, both at camp and in the wider world.
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… Read More . . . “Circle Sigma System”
Jerry Koch-Gonzalez is a certified sociocracy consultant and partner in the Sociocracy Consulting Group. His focus is individual and organizational development in governance, decision-making, communication skills, and conflict resolution. His career has been in organizing, educating, and consulting for social justice.
The approaches he uses are sociocracy/dynamic governance, Non-Violent Communication and Mediation, Restorative Circles, and Transformational Mediation. The organizations with which he has worked include Movement for a New Society, the National Coalition Building … Read More . . . “Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, Massachusetts, US”