In the fall of 2019, our group officially adopted Sociocracy as our method of governance—meaning the way we structure ourselves and make decisions. We still have a lot to learn to become truly fluid practitioners, but all of us took a basic training with Sociocracy for All.
We found it made a huge difference when we started applying it, and we are committed to continue to hone our skills in practicing it as we move forward. We currently use it in all our meetings and consider it the basis of a smoothly functioning community.
Sociocracy, also called Dynamic Governance, is increasingly being adopted in intentional communities and co-housing groups around the world because of the way it combines equality with efficiency. Its structure is gleaned from natural systems and its decision-making process is based on Quaker principles. It also beautifully addresses the reality of constant change and the need for adaptation and learning.
Introductiory Sociocracy Class
For people interested in joining us, Uli is hosting introductions to Sociocracy when she has time available. Please get in touch with her to find out the next date. firstname.lastname@example.org We’d love to see you there!
In the meantime we recommend these videos to make yourself familiar with this process:
What is sociocracy?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6r3-s2p7eI (20 mins)
Thinking Smarter Together, John Buck, TedX talk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3s6Ak-iCug&t=646s (15 mins)
Dynamic Governance in Intentional Community:
https://youtu.be/7DAl1f1HFfM (3 mins)
Here is a link to the Sociocracy for All site. They are a wonderful organization and provided both the one evening training that we took, as well as the in depth training Uli is enrolled in right now.