Sociocracy Courses from The Sociocracy Consulting Group

The Sociocracy Consulting Group will be starting two online courses at the beginning of October: Foundations of Sociocracy and Facilitating Sociocracy. Go to http://sociocracyconsulting.com and click on “Events” for the course descriptions and registration. The Foundations course or equivalent is a prerequisite to the Facilitation course. These classes meet for six sessions, each session 2 1/2 hours in length, in a video conference with breakout rooms. The courses are hands-on and interactive, and from the convenience of your own home or office.
People have taken these classes from multiple continents, and found them very useful. Here is what one student said about the Facilitation course:

“This course has given me much deeper appreciation for sociocratic facilitation.  Each week offered a step-by-step grounding in the circle meeting process.  My ability to successfully navigate a meeting has grown significantly, and our community’s meetings are much more productive now. It was great to have a small class with such skilled, experienced, and responsive instructors. I received a lot of help and suggestions specific to my real-world responsibilities. This is the first time in an online class that I felt so engaged, learned so much, and received so much value and personal attention. I highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to improve their understanding, experience, skills, and enjoyment of sociocratic facilitation.”

– Hope V. Horton, Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, North Carolina, USA

An open source guide to Sociocracy

Sociocracy is a framework for governing.

Governing means steering yourself, projects, families, businesses, organizations, or networks toward a purpose. Sociocracy is emerging as an alternative way to run organizations and to build networks.  Its open framework complements other game-shifting methods for working together and invites new hybrid forms of organization¹.

With Sociocracy at the core, a culture opens to continuous learning. Groups share common aims, and members participate in their own governance.  Leadership emerges at every level. Decision-making taps the value of everyone’s unique contribution. Transparency leads to high performance and efficiency.

This Sociocracy User’s Guide offers a definition of the Sociocracy governance system.

The definition consists of principles and processes that have proven helpful for businesses, nonprofits, alliances and networks, neighborhoods, and religious institutions.
Organizations using Sociocracy may wish to cite this guide in their bylaws, charters, or constitutions. It is written and provided by Circle Forward, LLC

The Sociocracy Users Guide is copyright protected for now, as we explore an appropriate license under the Creative Commons.  Circle Forward, LLC allows you to use and distribute this work for non-commercial purposes, provided you use or distribute this source document in its entirety, including Sections 8 and 9.

Healthy Power Allies are invited to comment on this Guide for the purposes of improving the document and the framework for all users.  For access to the commenting online version for comment contact community@healthypoweralliance.com.

Click here for the Sociocracy User’s Guide

Measuring the benefits of Sociocracy

To spread sociocracy in the business world will require expressing its benefits in the language that decision-makers use: return on investment. How are the standards for measurement in the business world different than the standards in academia? How do the benefits of sociocracy manifest in ways that can be measured? What exactly should we measure in order to convince managers of its benefits? What methods of measurement are best? We will apply the principles in How to Measure Anything by Douglas Hubbard to try to answer these questions.

Healthy Power Conference in Leeds, UK

A Healthy Power Conference will take place in Leeds, UK, Fall 2016. Martin Griffin is a lead organizer. Want to learn more about it?

Assessing power dynamics in our workplaces and personal lives.

We did a session with Nate where we experimented with a tool to assess power relationships, and people wanted to explore this more. Can we co-create an assessment tool for power?

Marketing sociocratic governance – what works?

Bring your experiences to explore the question, “it seems unfeasible with many companies and organizations to just jump in to a whole system change. Where to start? What are small steps they can take vs. fully buying-in?”

Is double-linking always the best choice for ensuring feed-back

Related to small or volunteer organizations: the lack of capacity to have double links. Requires too many meetings. Is it still necessary in an age of more sophisticated communications, where the feedback mechanism may be served in other ways?

Profit Sharing Models for Sociocratic Organizations

Forrist Lytehaause is working with a new entity of a worker cooperative in CA that provides a unique model for fundraising (community investors) and profit distribution. (Related to the bigger question of what are some profit sharing models for sociocratic organizations?)

Using the Four Powers of Integrity for Leadership and Transformation

The Four Powers are the essential meta-skills which all successful leaders and facilitators already use for maneuvering through the terrain of learning, relating, and leading. I will take you on a quick tour through experiential practice in applying the Four Powers, and introduce you to a map of Learning Space which will enable you to bring together countless learning and facilitation techniques in a single framework

Meeting the Challenges of Employee Ownership with Sociocracy