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

Conflict as a tension to steer by

Conflict as a tension to steer by

Conflict as a tension to steer by The unwritten rules in many groups are clear: Be nice, avoid conflict at all costs and, if a conflict arises, see it as a “personal problem” of one perhaps problematic individual. In sociocracy, we have the opportunity to see things...