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?
See more information for communities on our community page: www.sociocracyforall.org/community.