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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.

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.)


Mondriaan for Mental Health

Update: It was reported in 2013 that Mondriann is no longer using all the principles and practices of the sociocratic circle-organization method but has devised a structure that accomplishes the same goals.

Mondriaan for Mental Health (Mondriaan for Mental Health Zorggroep Heerlen), a private institution, is one of the largest mental health treatment facilities in the Netherlands, providing inpatient and outpatient services to more than 14,000 adults, adolescents, and children in the province of Limburg in the south of the country. The organization is an accredited training and research institute for psychiatrists, psychologists, and nurse specialists. It has more than 2,300 employees in over 44 locations.

The institution merged several times from 2000-2007 but the six divisions were poorly integrated. Top-down management meant decisions about patients were made by those with little contact with patients. Information on treatment and procedure solutions were not shared across the organization. Meetings were so disorganized managers often made decisions without consultation. In the absence of effective leadership, some employees became leaders by default or personal forcefulness.

In 2004, the largest division of Mondriaan, the Integral Care Division in Parkstad, The Netherlands,  with 700 employees working in 44 teams in 2012, began training with the Sociocratic Center in Rotterdam (now the The Sociocracy Group, an international organization). One of their nurses, Dominique Ducornez, became a certified trainer and continues to do internal training.

With a radical departure from Mondriaan’s traditional hierarchical approach operations now function effectively. Teams now function as colleagues with everyone taking responsibility for successful outcomes; they put their protocols and procedures in writing; managers and employees respect all viewpoints when making decisions; policies and aims are more clearly understood; program evaluation and improvement are ongoing; teams are more cohesive; and decision-making is faster and smoother. Patient care has improved.

Based on a case history by Sheella Mierson of the Sociocracy Consulting Group, a division of The Sociocracy Group in Rotterdam, Netherlands , with the assistance of Dominique Ducornez, the certified sociocracy trainer at Mondriaan. A PDF of the case history is available online:

Original Description: Distributed  Leadership: Improved Patient Care at a Mental Health Care Treatment Facility.