Communities: going from consensus to sociocracy

Sociocracy is used by dozens of communities for good reasons:

  • Communities have egalitarian roots – everyone’s voice matters.
  • They are built on trust and the ethos of working together to manage the community themselves.
  • The sweet spot between an egalitarian decision-making system that allows groups to be productive and clear in their decision-making systems is where sociocracy is strong.

In this video, SoFA staff Jerry Koch-Gonzalez shows how sociocracy works in communities that are already established. Many built communities run by consensus – and many of those communities have members who are unhappy with the system and would like to switch to sociocracy. Maybe because General Meetings generate too much conflict and burn-out, or because people get tired of making proposals that then get blocked in the General Meeting.

What’s in the way?

  • Understanding the differences: what are the key changes from consensus to a sociocratically run community?
  • What to expect: what about the people who are against changing the current system?  What kind of resistance are you likely to see?
  • Logistics: where does one start to make such a transition? How have others done it? What do we need to learn?

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Further SoFA Reading

5 Strategies for Combining Equity with Sociocracy

5 Strategies for Combining Equity with Sociocracy

The key promise of sociocracy is that all voices matter. In reality our current sociocracy practices are not enough to overcome the way society systemically oppresses the voices of people from poor, non-white, transgender, disabled, et cetera, backgrounds. In this article I define equity, make an argument for why combining equity and sociocracy is so powerful, and share five strategies for embedding equity into sociocratic governance.