Creating the climate where Sociocratic principles can thrive. 6 months in the life of “Building OUT” – Abi Handley


Speaker: Abi Handley is a key organiser within Outlandish. She works across programme management, finances, communications and business development and focuses much of her time in developing communication skills across the Outlandish team.

Presentation: Building OUT is Outlandish’s programme of services and workshops that can build any team’s Openness, Understanding & Trust (see what we did there?). It’s delivered by practitioners from co-operatives that really use the tools we share in their everyday work. We believe the three principles of Building OUT (Openness, Understanding & Trust) are the bedrock of great teams and great results – the more you can practise developing these together and as individuals, the more you will be able to achieve. Find out what we’ve learned so far and help us explore some of the current challenges we have around bringing sociocratic principles to the wider world.


More on cooperatives and sociocracy on our coop page.

Further SoFA Reading

National, regional and local chapters – expanding sociocracy

National, regional and local chapters – expanding sociocracy

This article shows how sociocratic circle structures of small, nested, linked circles can connect while keeping each group and each meeting meaningful while making sure information and services can flow through the organization. In addition to standard sociocratic tools of linked circles, this article also makes use of two additional tools: the function of a help desk and the function of a community of practice.

Self-organization – A leap into the unknown

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