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The day I consented to a proposal I hated

It was yet another Thursday morning 7.30am - our weekly support circle meeting in Sociocracy For All with 3 staff people present. We were all stretched thin. The last few months had been a phase of wild growth, and although exciting and wonderful, the constantly evolving roles and processes had been wearing on us.

Sociocracy and virtual meetings – engaging, clear and fair

I'm in virtual meetings every day. Here is what I love about them!

How we decide matters

The way we come to a decision has a lot of influence on how people behave, how many voices can be heard, how they feel about the group they are a part of and what quality decision is going to be made. This video highlights the pros and cons of autocratic decision-making, voting, consensus and puts consent on the map as a better alternative.

Could sociocracy be used to a self-govern a country?

Sociocracy is a way to govern organizations in a way so everyone’s voices are valued and heard, while still moving forward together. Given the divisiveness and bipartisanship in our societies, doesn’t that sound desirable?

Policy vs. operations

Understanding the difference between operations and policy is key to making fast and good decisions. The idea in sociocracy is to empower operational decisions (so they can be made by anyone who is authorized) and to make policy decisions to guide and improve those operational decisions.

Many Voices Sing One Song

SoFA members and sociocracy singing a sociocracy song!

What needs to go into a governance agreement? (workshop recording)

In this webinar, Jerry Koch-Gonzalez is walking the audience through a sample governance agreement (aka “constitution”) that is needed to safely implement sociocracy in an organization.

Is sociocracy ‘teal’?

Many of us have been and continue to be inspired by Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux. While there is reference to Holacracy in Reinventing Organizations, there is not much direct reference to sociocracy. So, where does sociocracy fit in?

You only need _________ to fix how organizations are run

What do new organizations need? Better structure, better mindset, better communication?
platform co-op staff/stewards versus members

Platform co-op governance: deep democracy on scale

An article about governance of (large) platform coops and the tweaks we'd have to make to use sociocracy successfully.

Pop-up sociocracy

How can you use sociocracy for a small project? How can you use it for a group that is just starting out and not ready to adopt a whole system?

Sociocracy: The Worker Co-op Operating System

Sociocracy: The Worker Co-op Operating System (By John McNamara. Originally posted on workersparadise.) Over the last couple of years, I have had the incredible opportunity to work with Sociocracy For All (SoFA). This organization has worked diligently to bring the concepts of sociocracy out of the “best kept secret” category and into the mainstream of organizational culture. [...]

IT tools for sociocracy: holaspirit

Holaspirit helps self-managed organizations keep track their circles, roles, tensions and documents.

An introduction to sociocracy (Abbie Kempson)

Recorded in March 2019 at Co-operatives UK, Abbie Kempson (Unicorn Grocery, Manchester) leads the introduction to sociocracy and is joined by Pete Burden (SeeStep, East Sussex) and Kirsty Warren (Greencity Wholefoods, Glasgow). All provide their practical views using the techniques in their organisations and how it supports governance systems. From https://www.uk.coop/resources/webinar-talkan-introduction-sociocracy
Healing Our World: Exploring How

Sociocracy & Montessori

What do Sociocracy and Montessori have in common?
Comical sign pointing in three directions that show the right way

The Holy Grail of Self-management

Still looking for the perfect governance system? Stop overthinking. Start doing. Improve from there.
Graphic — circle of people generating ideas

The myth of natural flow

Why we can’t pretend “just talking” will not be oppressive. Let's talk about structures that truly liberate us.
Nametag with the word Boss

Want less authoritarian structures? Not without communication skills!

There are two kinds of people I interact with: those who are convinced that better organizations make better people. And those who are convinced that better people make better organizations. The answer is probably — as usual — somewhere in the realm of both-and.

3 tools from sociocracy to use right away, plus magic phrases

Many organizations are intrigued by the idea of self-governance using circle-based frameworks. However, it can be intimidating to implement those methods. Is there an easier way?
Signs pointing left and right — un-intentional decisions/intentional decisions

To decide or not to decide?

3 decisions every young organization will make — with intention or without
Graphic: Sociocracy A la carte

Sociocracy a la carte?

Can one just pick and choose from sociocracy, or is it a package deal?

How to design a new circle structure (for existing organizations)

This is a step-by-step guide to designing a circle structure for small and medium-sized self-governed organizations.
Book — Many Voices One Song: Shared Power with Sociocracy

Sociocracy Handbook: Many Voices One Song

The practical sociocracy handbook written by the co-founders of Sociocracy For All. 300 pages full of real-life support!

Everyday sociocracy

How can we use sociocracy in everyday life? How is it useful to interactions, for example, with your kids, your partners, your neighbor?

Common pitfalls for implementation of sociocracy

A change in governance or an organization can be compared to open-heart surgery. Just like heart surgery is invasive for a human organism, so is a change in governance. Recognizing that is key to understanding pitfalls in implementing sociocracy.

Skills for a VUCA world

SoFA member Laureen Golden on skills that are needed in a VUCA world (VUCA: volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity).

Dragon Dreaming (Session 1 & 2)

We need boldness and creativity to implement self-management models that create a regenerative culture with distributed power. Dragon Dreaming and Sociocracy are methodologies that help us make this transition.
Idea montage — "Two things are necessary, the development of individuality and the participation of the individual in a truly social life."

Self-determination – only with co-determination

(By Simona Zäh, Switzerland. Translated from German original) In my last blog entry, I pleaded for more self-determination in schools – and only in passing did I mention that one of the basic conditions for self-determined learning is participation. In the following, I would like to explain why self-determination and participation go hand in hand, [...]

Sociocratic tools

Incremental implementation often add depth to their sociocratic tools.

Understand – explore – decide

Understand, explore, decide: different forms of agenda items.

Sociocracy tools and principles and natural systems

Tools from sociocracy, principles in sociocracy, human needs/values and characteristics of living systems

Meeting sheet from Many Voices One Song

Meeting sheet from the handbook Many Voices One Song.

Is inclusive & saves times

A Venn diagram showing the balance of inclusivity and efficiency/effectiveness of sociocracy.

A poster showing major sociocracy tools

The most important features on one poster - hang it up in a meeting room or bring it to presentations and conferences.

Meeting poster: meeting format

A poster showing the sociocratic meeting format
Consent infographic

Meeting poster: consent

A poster on the consent process for policy

Magic phrases for meetings

Magic phrases for meeting that can move a conversation along.

Sociocracy and the brain

When, and why is learning fun? How can we create a meeting where everyone is addicted to learning together?

BOSSAnova

Jutta Eckstein and John Buck presenting their BOSSAnova framework: a combination of agile, beyond budgeting, sociocracy, Open Space.

Meet Gerard Endenburg

A webinar with the founder of sociocracy, Gerard Endenburg. Also with Annewiek Reijmer.

Our systems are not working. Let’s try something new.

Very short video on how everything is a system - which gives us a chance to improve things by using better systems!

Sociocracy. Governance as Equals

Ultrashort (50 seconds) overview of sociocracy and Sociocracy For All

Many Voices One Song

A video about the book Many Voices One Song.

Heaven on Earth

An interview with the founder of the Children's and Neighborhood parliaments in India.

What is sociocracy? (19min animated video)

19 min video introduction: circle structure, rounds, decision making, selection process, feedback.

Sociocracy. The operating system of the New Economy.

4 min video (introduction into sociocracy)

Children’s parliaments

Presenter: Gnanasekar Dhanapal The Children's Parliaments in India (Gnanasekar Dhanapal)Watch this video on YouTube

Why Sociocracy? Exploring a deeper vision together

Why Sociocracy? Exploring a deeper vision together
Idea montage — "Good enough for now"

The liberating effect of “good enough”

"Good enough" sounds like a low-level decision-making method. And yet, for some people, that's not how they experience it. "Only" aiming for good enough can be a matter of respect and
Drawing of progression of individual to group to circle

Sociocracy Starter kit

You want to implement sociocracy but you don't know how to go about it? This article walks you through the different phases - plus resources you can use in each stage.
Arbo Life logo

ArboLife

Arbolife was founded by Morli and Marc Mathys because they wanted to take a road to better care about themselves and the planet.

Sociocracy: The Movement

Curious about one of the roots of Holacracy? This overview of past and current also conveys the values and emotional flavor of this distributed-decision-making systems
Organizational chart - Nothing (zoomed in)

Peer-to-Peer Governance in a for-profit organization

Design company. The new processes were introduced gradually.
Photo of group at work

Rocky Corner cohousing

Rocky Corner is a cohousing community being built in Bethany, Connecticut in the USA.

Another School is Possible Association

A movement striving for a child­centered, play­focused, non­profit primary education.
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Non-profit: Learn To Change

Case study: Learn to change is a Non Governmental Organization that brings together a community of teachers and educators working to support educational transformation for the benefit of building sustainable democratic societies.

A Time bank in Massachusetts

Valley Time Trade is a volunteer organization that tracks hours of service offered by members to other members, referred to as a time bank. It is located in the north-central part of the Pioneer Valley, a western region in the state of Massachusetts.
Mindfulness first: a sense of calm for communities and classrooms

Mindfulness first

Mindfulness first is a nonprofit that promotes mindfulness in schools and beyond.

A theater company

A worker-owned theater company in New York state.

Community of eco villages: Casa Latina

Casa Latina is the Latin American part of the Global Ecovillage Network, an association of ecovillages

Sociocracy and Holacracy – a comparison. Christian Rüther

What are the main differences between sociocracy and Holacracy?

Deepening Our Practice of “Both/And” Thinking – Laureen Golden

Deepening Our Practice of “Both/And” Thinking - Laureen GoldenWatch this video on YouTube In a world of increasing complexity, a “both/and” mindset provides significant competitive advantage. Those who value the ways Sociocracy supports “both/and” thinking will likely find Polarity Management™ to be a useful tool. Polarity Management™ helps groups discern if an issue is a [...]

Sociocracy – Top 10 Fast FAQ: John Schinnerer

An FAQ-style tour of ten top questions or issues that arise in learning and implementing sociocracy, collected & condensed from over six years of online and in-person training & consulting experience.

Sociocracy and Bio-inspired Organizations – Ruth Andrade

Sociocracy and Bio-inspired Organizations - Ruth AndradeWatch this video on YouTube What can we learn from the principles of healthy living systems that we can apply to our organisations and how does Sociocracy fit into that? What other patterns can we use for designing our organisations that can help create systemic health?

Picture-forming with 6 hats – Erin Young

The Six Thinking Hats of Edward de Bono present a series of lenses to consider a situation/issue (ranging from facts, emotions & feelings, cautions, the plus side, creative options, to big picture).
Graphic of many people in a heart shape

Sociocracy and the New Economy

We have been calling sociocracy the “operating system of the New Economy”. We say that sociocracy could be at the heart of the New Economy. Before we describe how sociocracy and collaborative paradigms go together, let’s look at the New Economy. The New Economy For us, the new economy are all the parts of our [...]

LOS school

LOS is a sociocratic school located in the small village of Duerne in the south of the Netherlands.

Cohousing: Eden community

Eden Community is a Christian cohousing community. 

For Profit: KittenTech

This case study features a proposal for a for-profit in the UK.

Cohousing: Instituto Bioregional do Cerrado

IBC’s purpose is to raise awareness and increase sustainability in bioregional communities.

Cohousing: Pioneer Valley Coho

A sociocratic community in Massachusetts that switched over after almost 20 years of consensus.

Cohousing: Cohabitat Québec

An urban sociocratic cohousing community in Quebec, Canada, that values non-violent communication.

For purpose: Galgael

A social enterprise giving people more opportunity.
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Residential Care Facility

This case study features a residential care facility in Vermont that has been using sociocracy for many years in combination with a holistic care approach.

The Ostrom principles and Sociocracy

Nobel prize winner Elinor Ostrom studied the successful governance of shared resources and found several principles that seem to make it work. This article compares those principles with sociocratic practice.

Holma Folk Highschool

This case study features a large permaculture school in Sweden.

What does sociocracy offer towards ending classism?

Webinar with Anne from ClassAction on governance and classism.

Permaculture, transition and sociocracy

An interview with Permacultura and Transizione, Italy. Hello Ted and Jerry, good to meet you and to have a little chat with you. The first question is of course: who are you? We are the founding members of the non-profit Sociocracy For All. We teach sociocracy and make resources available so more people can use [...]

Social Enterprise Start-ups – 5 reasons to implement sociocracy early

If you are a social enterpreneur, integrity in your decision-making will be important to you, and you're not willing to compromise just because you're just starting out. What do you need to know about decision making?

“The trouble with majority vote”

Majority rule creates winners and losers. It breaks us apart rather than bringing us together. Majority rule becomes a game. The focus is on winning not on the ideas. The focus is on who is ahead in the race not on what is healthy for the people. False scandals, voter suppression, that’s all part of [...]

IT tools for sociocracy: maptio

An IT tool to display circles and roles for self-managed organizations.

IT tools for sociocracy: peerdom

An IT tool to display roles and circles with their holders and attached descriptions.

Making of the agenda: past, present and future of the circle

Preparing the agenda with all aspects of the circle. Diagram from the handbook Many Voices One Song.

Double linking

Double linking between two circles.

Circular hierarchy

Circular hierarchy: information flows freely through the organization.

Difference between mission circle and general circle

The mission circle keeps the organization true to its mission. The general circle keeps the organization true to its aim(s).

General Circle

Leaders and delegates from the department circles, plus the leader of the general circle (from the mission circle) form the general circle.

Delegates to the General Circle

Delegates represent the Department Circles in the General Circle.

Organizations as sub-circles

Organizations itself can be subcircles of a larger organization

Basic circle structure

Basic circle structure with GC and one example role

Support system

The inherent support system in sociocracy circles. 

Overcoming hierarchy

Presentation and conversation with Gregg Kendrick, a consultant working with non-violent communication and sociocracy in workplaces.

Unico school diagram

Circle diagram of the Unico school in Switzerland
Cartoon of listening in a group

Performance reviews

Performance reviews (or "Role Improvement") are a way to give feedback to one person or each other in a space of psychological safety.
Graphic — functional roles

Process Roles

Leader, delegate, secretary and facilitators have roles that help the circle function.

Getting to consent

A presentation about what consent decision making is, how to get there and what to do if there is no consent.

Meeting clip: consent to agenda

Consenting to the agenda of a meeting before launching into the meeting

Meeting clip: accepting a new member

A consent process accepting a new member into a circle with clarifying questions, quick reactions and consent.

Meeting clip: circle report

Example of a quick report to a circle from its parent circle

Meeting clip: consent process

A consent process with an objection that gets resolved.

Meeting clip: updating the backlog

Example of how to give the backlog a quick update to capture new information before closing the meeting

Meeting clip: meeting evaluation

Example of a meeting evaluation: worked well, what could be improved?

Meeting clip: writing a proposal

Picture forming and proposal shaping and - almost - towards a decision. Also shows how to formally postpone a decision.

Meeting clip: ADMIN phase

A quick checklist to make sure the circle is ready to start a meeting

Meeting clip: opening round

An example of an opening round - personal and sweet

See a selection process during a training

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez leading a group through a selection process.
I want to do my work!

Saying yes! to working and no! to stumbling blocks

What's an objection, and what do we do with it? The good news is that objections are a good thing!

A full meeting clip!

An entire meeting including opening round, ADMIN, consent to agenda, several consent decisions, picture forming and picture forming, an election, updating the backlog and closing round.

Decision Making through conflict

SoFA colleague Chen explaining not only feelings, needs and strategies but also the harder part - overcoming the adversarial story and expanding willingness

A facilitator’s guide to keeping meetings on track

Stop overthinking. Start doing. Improve from there.

How decision-making affects our behavior

We don’t tend to think of decision making methods as affecting our behavior. And yet, they do, maybe even a lot. No decision-making method is free of bias!

Keeping meetings short

Long meetings are a pain. Let’s make them shorter. Here are the tools that sociocracy has to offer.
Watercolor of blue hearts

Sociocratic elections of a class representative

A booklet for teachers who want to try out sociocratic elections with children. By Lisa Praeg

Preference, range of tolerance and objection

Difference between unanimous and consent decisions

Policy process

Policy process, step by step

Operational meeting

Operational meeting, schematically.

Selection process diagram

Selection process, schematically.

Range of tolerance overlap

Different ranges of tolerance overlap and give more room for common ground.

Range of tolerance

An infographic on preferences, range of tolerance and objections based on the aim

Meeting clip: Generating a proposal

A recording of an improvised demonstration of the entire process of picture forming/ proposal shaping, consent process and integrating an objection looks like.

Meeting clip: check-in round

A clip from a real-life meeting: check-ins

Meeting clip: objections

Recording from a practice session on integrating objections. This is a fully improvised example.

Meeting clips: Consent to the agenda

A recording of a real-life meeting.

How to make a an agenda and a minutes sheet

Screencast on our agenda and meeting minutes format and how to use it.

Consent process: decision-making in sociocracy

An explainer video on the consent process in sociocracy.

How to make a proposal in sociocracy

Picture forming and proposal shaping in an example
Drawing — building blocks for generating policy

Participatory proposal writing

Picture forming, proposal shaping and synthesis - a 3-step process to turn everyone's ideas into a good proposal!
Drawing of three thought bubbles

Strategies for integrating objections

What are the strategies to understand and integrate objections? Read about the options in this article - the more options you are familiar with, the more relaxed you can be as a facilitator or circle member.

Consent decision making

Making decisions by consent - step by step! Everything is clear, everyone has a chance to get on board.

Simple formats, first sociocratic steps to objections – Pierre Houben

How can I teach consent starting with just enough theory, invite to practice and improve after with feedback? Answering this question, this is what I'm experimenting
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Selection process

Sociocratic selections (aka elections) are a great way to be intentional about who does what in your organization. Bonus: they are fun!

On rounds

Using rounds helps giving everyone a voice without losing track of time. This article is a celebration of rounds!

Consent decision-making in a family meeting

Family meetings are a wonderful and easy way of giving (your) children a voice. In family meetings (just like any other time almost), they can learn what it means to be heard and taken seriously. If you have never tried it, give it a shot!

Feedback form

An example of a feedback form

What do we do with “disruptive” behavior in meetings?

Do we have to endure "disruptive" team members if we want to be inclusive? What crosses the line, and what helps us?

Non-violent communication in organizations

A webinar on NVC (non-violent communication) and its use in organization.

Intentional feedback in organizations

Making it a habit to ask for and give feedback will make every organization stronger on all levels.
Respect, cooperation, harmony, autonomy

On interpersonal feedback

No feedback, no improvement! Without hearing from others how they perceive what we do or say, we will never hear how we can improve. Bonus: an brief and simple introduction into NVC.

Feeling safe and brave: Sociocracy, neurospsychology and neuroscience – John Schinnerer

How can we feel safe while also being brave, bold, courageous? Recent research in neuroscience and neuropsychology has offered fascinating insights into how our brains, minds, and bodies interact with and respond to one another and our world at large.

Human emotions and their impact on decision-making Linda Cote & Rea Gill

Human emotions and their impact on decision-making - Linda Cote & Rea GillWatch this video on YouTube This talk highlights the importance of and the reasons for including intentional and explicit education and ongoing training in cultivating emotional balance and emotional intelligence within a group that is embracing sociocratic governance and consent decision-making. The talk [...]

The fulfillment of basic human needs in self-managed organizations – Denis Côté

In this presentation, Denis is building a bridge between self-management practices and Self-Determination Theory in psychology. The goal is to show how specific self-management practices are key in feeding people's intrinsic motives and needs.

Holma – a permaculture folk high school

A permaculture folk high school in Sweden with a full mission circle.

A permaculture school in Sweden

Andreas Jonsson is showing us around in a sociocratically run permaculture school in Sweden.

The perfect complimentary edge (sociocracy and permaculture)

An interview with Rakesh on how sociocracy and permaculture and complement each other.

Sociocracy and Permaculture

A comparison of the concepts of permaculture with the concepts of sociocracy. Erin Young and John Schinnerer.

Sociocracy in informal groups

How can one use sociocracy in informal, less structured groups?

GRL Permaculture Institute

GRLPI is dedicated to promoting permaculture professional education, practice, and mutual aid through the states of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
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Pittsfield Listens!

Pittsfield Listens  Pittsfield Listens is an organization in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, that works to build community, inform on civic issues, solve problems through community conversations, and to award individuals, groups and organizations who make positive impacts on Pittsfield, New Hampshire.  Their focus is on community schools, bringing people from multiple perspectives and backgrounds together for [...]

Learn to change

A Europe-wide organization supporting democratic education in schools.

Casa latina

An association of (associations of) ecovillages in Latinamerica.

Horseback riding association

A horseback riding association in Poland. 

The Art of community

A presentation and interview with Gregory Rouillard on his take on sociocracy.

Jefferson House

Jefferson house in Charlottesville, Virginia, it is a small boutique facility built around an historic home with a warm, family environment.

Integrale Tagesschule Winterthur

ITW is a non-profit private school and the main ingredients of the operating culture are Solution Focused Approach, Nonviolent Communication and Spiral Dynamics integral extended by elements of Teal practices.

Pulse

The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) is a community of faculty leaders in the life sciences from higher education institutions.

Imago relationships

Imago Relationships Worldwide is a network of Imago Relationships professionals and supporters in 17 countries, with the founders and majority of members in North America.

Mindfulness and Sociocracy – Stephanie Luz Cordel

Sociocracy supports collaborative management in the nonprofit sector and is in line with many mindfulness values.

Pathfinder

A school in North Carolina (USA)

Morey Flextech school

A project-based learning school that just started adopting socoicracy

Sociocracy in schools (webinar recording)

Sociocracy in schoolsWatch this video on YouTube

Democratic education matters

Presenter: Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard: Democratic education mattersWatch this video on YouTube

El Roser

We are a mix cooperative school (composed of working members and consumer members). We started working with sociocracy from the very beginning of the foundation of the cooperative.

Enkindle Village School

We are a new democratic school opened in Townsville in 2019. We use a sociocratic school circle model from the ground up, from the development of the school through to initial implementation.

Sociocracy in Schools: The Harvest Bounty Restaurant Project: Gina Price and Jessie Barber

Jarrahdale Primary School in Western Australia used Sociocracy to produce a restaurant evening featuring food cooked by the students from produce grown in the school garden. All students, including kindergarten and pre-primary, participated in at least one of the nine circles which formed a 3 tier structure.

Storytelling of an action research – Pascale Gaillard-Mompoint

Storytelling of an action research - Pascale Gaillard-MompointWatch this video on YouTube Sociocracy in an international online community of education professionals for a democratic culture. Action research has been a powerful tool to develop Kaizen, a reflective stance, presencing and dialogue working with teachers, teacher educators, school heads and policy makers to transition towards a [...]
Team of harvesters on a farm (SoLaWi)

SoLaWi

Solawi Bodensee is a German association with around 90 members. Solawi is an acronym for “Solidarische Landwirtschaft” which is translated as “solidary agriculture” and meaning “sharing the harvest”. It is similar to the US-concept of CSA, Community Supported Agriculture.

Scorcher Bakery in Oregon

A worker-owned bakery in Oregon that implemented sociocracy years ago.

Blue Scorcher Bakery

We seek out small producers and bring you their heirloom varieties of everything from apples to beans to tomatoes. Being a cooperative means that stewardship of the business is spread out among the workers.

Unicorn Grocery coop

Unicorn is a successful worker co-op grocery in Manchester, England. Established in 1996 by a small group of people committed to social change, we set out to create an alternative to supermarket shopping - to provide affordable, fresh and wholesome food to our local community, run by motivated worker-owners with a shared social and environmental agenda.
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Sociocracy and you

https://www.buzzsprout.com/179250/706701

The Collaboration Superpowers – No One Is Ignored With Sociocracy

What's special about Jerry Koch-Gonzalez's meetings is that they are sociocratic. How often have you been part of a call where one person in the group hardly had any chance to speak?

Sociocracy and the cooperative movement – Jim Johnson

Sociocracy and cooperativism stem from the premise that humans thrive as social animals. Quite possibly, cooperation acts as our most characteristic trait as living beings.
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Agile Coaching Network. Building an octopus organization and supporting sustainability

https://www.buzzsprout.com/657931/2305352-building-an-octopus-organization-and-supporting-sustainability

Nothing – a design company

Nothing's aim is designing a future where technology is used as a tool for humanity, not as a weapon.

IT department at DTU in Denmark

The Technical University in Denmark has an IT department that is running sociocratically.

10Pines

10Pines is an Argentine Software company founded with the Agile manifesto values in mind. It is an open, participative, self-organised and trust-based company.

Codento

Codento is a change agent's right hand helping with software development, IT Architectures and Agile Methodologies. 

Nothing AG

We are a digital design company (for-profit) based in Switzerland. Our overall purpose is simple: we want to create products which matter.

Mediagenix

MEDIAGENIX has chosen to implement their version of sociocracy (more precise S3) based principles and patterns.

Europace

Our mission is to make financing understandable and accessible for everyone. We make products comparable and the process comprehensibly, so that customer can make the right decision: anytime and with trust and confidence.

Denmark Technical University DTU

IT department of 45 people, embedded in a typical hierarchical IT organization of 190 employees, delivering IT-services and software development to the Universities 6000 employees and 12000 students.

Lean, Agile, Teal…. how does sociocracy fit in? – François Knuchel

Will sociocracy ever become mainstream? François believes it could, or at least the principles of sociocracy could, because it celebrates and respects both diversity as well as convergence through consent, enabling new perspective to emerge, all conditions for living organisations.

Sociocracy In An Agile World – Leif Hanack and Michael Geiß

From leader to leadership. We formed a cross-functional unit out of 3 teams. Instead of autocracy or anarchy, we use sociocracy to foster alignment and autonomy, while taking our long-time agile software development practices into account.

Sociocracy for a consultant – Simon Copsey

As a business change consultant Simon Copsey was fortunate to employ tools from Sociocracy in a few different settings, from tactical to strategic - sometimes successful, and sometimes not - but always offering valuable lessons.
book cover — We The People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy

We the people. Consenting to a deeper democracy (not SoFA but great!)

A book by our colleagues John Buck and Sharon Villines

Case study of Treehouse Ecohousing

Treehouse Village Ecohousing is a project to build a cohousing community, the first in Atlantic Canada. It officially launched on Sept 29, 2018 with a first public meeting.

IT tools for sociocracy: Sutra

Sutra is an IT tool that supports communication in small groups (circles) and makes it easy to nest teams in teams to support sociocratic implementations.

IT tools for sociocracy: weaver

Weaver is an IT tool that was designed for sociocratic organizations.

IT tools for sociocracy: using Sharepoint for sociocracy

How one can use sharepoint for sociocratic organizations

The story of TREE governance

TREE cohousing in Ithaca Ecovillage in NY in the USA tells about their governance system, how they implemented how they are running now.

Insider view into decision making in a community

Amy and Jana from Pioneer Valley cohousing are talking about the implementation process and how things are going in comparison to a consensus-run community.

Sociocracy in communities

Governance in intentional communities (cohousing and ecovillages) - what do they struggle with? How can sociocracy (aka Dynamic Governance) be of use?

Dynamic Governance in intentional communities

Why use Dynamic Governance in intentional communities? First-hand reports about the advantages.

Narara Ecovillage

Narara Ecovillage is a sustainable community based near Sydney, Australia which is managed by the Narara Ecovillage cooperative.

Aldeafeliz

Aldeafeliz is an ecovillage, an association of people with the same vision. We have been using sociocracy since 2014 and we love it, so we also have a group of study and teach it

Dreamocracy: Dragon Dreaming and Sociocracy – Tanya Stergiou

Dreamocracy: Dragon Dreaming and Sociocracy - Tanya StergiouWatch this video on YouTube Presenter: Tanya Stergiou In 2011, the Dragon Dreaming methodology for designing collaborative projects hit Brazil with a bang. People easily connected to its love in action philosophy, and the step by step dream, plan, do and celebrate phases of the methodology tapped into [...]

Differences & common ground. Sociocratic Circle Method – Sociocracy 3.0: James Priest

Having been a keen advocate of Sociocratic Circle Method (SCM) since 2001, in 2014 I got together with Bernhard Bockelbrink to create a body of free learning resources for people working in tech to pull in elements of Sociocratic Circle Method.

s3canvas.sociocracy30.org/ – Bernhard Bockelbrinck

The S3 delegation canvas is a simple format for understanding and defining domains, e.g. roles, positions, circles or teams. It that can be used in any kind of organization to clarify existing domains or describe new ones.

An effective, fun way to understand & use feedback loops – Diana Leafe Christian

I describe what I’ve learned about the need for people new to Sociocracy to learn how feedback loops are built into proposals right at the beginning of their learning process.

What does S3 bring to Sociocracy? Bernhard Bockelbrinck

What does S3 bring to Sociocracy? Bernhard BockelbrinckWatch this video on YouTube This session is a gentle introduction to Sociocracy 3.0. In this presentation, one can discover the driver behind S3, the basic ideas and concepts, and in what way it is it different from SCM and Holacracy.

Example meeting minutes

Sample meeting minutes of a meeting

Circle structure of Pioneer Valley cohousing

The circle structure of Pioneer Valley cohousing

Permatopia

A community in Denmark

Woodard Lane Cohousing

Woodard Lane CoHousing

Middesex cohousing

A community in Massachusetts preparing to build

Treehouse cohousing

A cohousing community in Nova Scotia (in formation)

Eden cohousing

A Christian cohousing community in Texas.

Cohabitat Quebec

Cohabitat Quebec (cohousing in Canada)

Hartsmill Cohousing

A cohousing community in North Carolina

Albuqueque Cohousing

A forming community in New Mexico (USA). Note the outside consultants/stakeholders connection.