What a name! Impossible to say! Dynamic governance is another name for it. Sociocracy is a way of organising; to make it easier for organisations to be non-hierarchical, for the quieter voices to be heard and decisions to be owned by everyone in the group as well as being efficient and taking less time.
The name comes from ‘socius’ which in Greek means people known to you as opposed to ‘demo’ from democracy which means people unknown to you. This limits the use of this style and focuses it on work place organsing or groups that know each other. It is being used in business and bureaucracies not just eco-villages. Is is said to raise efficiency and humanness of organisations.
From one website on sociocracy:
The principles and practices of sociocracy are based on business management and organizational theory, and on cybernetics, the science of communications and control. That sounds complicated but the design is simple and easily understood. In conducting its affairs, a sociocratic organization stresses accountability, inclusiveness, and transparency.
There are 4 main principles:
1.Organsing in circles – as self managing teams
2.Double Linking Principles – this means: one person is appointed by the topic circle to the general circle to represent the interests of the topic circle in the general circle
and one person is appointed by the general circle to represent their interests in the topic circle.
3.Policy decisions among circle members are made by CONSENT – that is there are no reasoned and paramount objections
4.Election for all roles are made by consent election process
It is said you don’t burn out so quickly as you share the responsibility more productively. Groups using sociocracy are said to be resilient, effective, adaptive, decentralised and create vision all the time.
It promises less meetings and the ones you have are able to energise you! Must be worth looking at….
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