International Sociocracy Online Conference 2018

Below are all the presentations to watch and share.

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.

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

Increasingly people are aware a new world is emerging, but what it looks like is unclear. There are a myriad of new approaches and perspectives, such as lean, responsive, conscious business, holacracy, sharing economy etc to name just a few of them.

Where does sociocracy fit in?

Picture-forming with 6 hats – Erin Young

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

Dreamocracy: Dragon Dreaming and Sociocracy – 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 the very creative and hands-on culture. Soon enough, Dragon Dreaming had spread to communities, NGOs, government and businesses. However, while the methodology was great for getting projects off the ground it lacked on an organizational level.

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. I demonstrate an easy way to understand and learn them, first through a graphic format that shows how feedback loops function in the creation, implementation, and later assessment of a proposal.

Conceptos básicos de Sociocracia: Nora Plaza

En esta sesión veremos cómo cambia una organización cuando comienza a utilizar la sociocracia y revisaremos los principios básicos y las 4 reglas sociocráticas: la toma de decisión por consentimiento, la estructura de círculos interconectados, el doble enlace y la elección abierta.

Experiment and learn rapidly – Nenad Maljković

Is it possible to learn about sociocracy and practise it without training or mentoring? With all the resources that are now freely available online? It depends, but… yes! 🙂 Start “experimenting and learning rapidly” by testing elements of sociocracy in teams and groups and develop useful skills for facilitation and self-organising.

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

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?

Sociocracy for a consultant – Simon Copsey

As a business change consultant I 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.

Nabu: digital sociocracy – Didier Escalon

Nabu is a prototype software designed to facilitate general sociocratic management for small, up to unlimited size organization. Nabu complements physical and online meetings, allowing any member to participate in the decision making process of its team from home at anytime.

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. We need each other. No human effort, made by a lone individual, succeeds.

Mindfulness and Sociocracy – Stephanie Luz Cordel

This presentation offers information about how sociocracy has been implemented in a nonprofit organization focused on providing mindfulness-based training in schools. Sociocracy supports collaborative management in the nonprofit sector and is in line with many mindfulness values.

Sociocracy and Holacracy – a comparison. Christian Rüther

What are the main differences between sociocracy and Holacracy? Christian will present a table with main aspects and how Sociocracy and Holacracy deal with these aspects.

Storytelling of an action research – Pascale Gaillard-Mompoint

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 sociocratic organization while improving our education practices.

Hierarchy Balance in Sociocracy – Francine Proulx-Kenzle

Ever wonder how hierarchy plays out in sociocracy? What happens to the boss? Here’s a story about how a not-for-profit organization shifted its power from the traditional CEO (power of one) to shared power with 17 workers. Question: How can “healthy” power exist in an organisation?

What does S3 bring to Sociocracy? Bernhard Bockelbrinck

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.

Trayendo la sociocracia a Latinoamérica – Beatriz Arjona

CASA Latina – (Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de América Latina) – la región latinoamericana de GEN (Red Global de Ecoaldeas) fue creada en el 2012 como una organización sociocrática, siguiendo la sugerencia de Diana Leafe. Desde entonces hemos asumido el compromiso con el aprendizaje, práctica y enseñanzas de la sociocracia.

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, and it’s fun too! If you want to experiment too, let me know how it work for you, share feedback!

Sociocracy and the Blueprint of We Collaboration Document – Sheella Mierson

The Blueprint of We Collaboration Document builds trust, creativity, effortlessness, and resilience into relationships. Two people, a group, or an entire organization can use it to mindfully custom-design their relationships over time.

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.

Artful participation and facilitation – Dror Zohar

This talk offers a harvest of simple and effective patterns for improving the way we facilitate and participate in sociocratic circles. We will explore when and how to make your input, while supporting the group process and nurturing consent effectiveness and euquivalence.

Company-Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy – John Buck

Today companies are expected to be flexible and both rapidly responsive and resilient to change, which basically asks them to be Agile. Yet, doing Agile (the mechanics) is different from being Agile (the mindset).

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.

Why certification for sociocratic experts? – Barbara Strauch

The SCM “Sociocratic Circle Method” from Gerard Endenburg was developed in 30 years after Endenburg started Sociocracy in his electronic-company in Rotterdam.

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.

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.

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

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.

“Neighbourhoodization” and Smallification – Edwin John

The presentation puts forward a new dream for world governance.

24:14 Boosting efficiency of SCM – meetings with NVC: Stefan Voth

This presentation shows how sociocratic circles can profit from Non-Violent Communication skills of the moderator within conflictive situations. It saves energy and time of the group and may contribute to better results for all participants.

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

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. – 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.

Sociocracia y feminismo: Eric Tolson and Nora Plaza

Vivimos un momento histórico en el que las antiguas estructuras se tambalean y cada vez más grupos y personas buscan nuevas maneras más equilibradas, conscientes y armoniosas de relacionarse. Asistimos a un cambio de paradigma en el que el papel de la mujer y el feminismo está siendo fundamental.

Bringing Sociocracy to Latinamerica – Beatriz Arjona

CASA Latina – Council of Sustainable Settlement of Latinamerica- the GEN Latinamerica region was created in 2012 as a sociocratic organization, following Diana Leafe’s suggestion. Since that time, we have a commitment to learning, teaching and inspiring latinamerican people and organizations to use sociocracy.

What Is a Personal Top Circle and How Do You Run One? – Sheella Mierson

In a personal top circle, one person or each person in turn gets help in making a decision about an issue in their personal or professional life, using sociocratic meeting formats. Sheella gives an overview of how to run one and tell of a couple of life-changing examples.

Using sociocracy mechanism to share financial rewards – Stephane Brodu

How to use NVC and sociocracy principles to live a process where your team will be able to share financial reward while building connection and group cohesion. 

Welcome by Ted and Jerry (Sociocracy For All)

Ted and Jerry’s welcome to SoFA’s first International Sociocracy conference in 2018 – at the same time, Sociocracy For All’s second birthday!