Deciding how we want to live
Decisions, values, and uncertainty. What can one say no to?
Ted Rau | 20:00 UTC
An objection in sociocracy is based on a clash with the aim – we can’t do anything that conflicts our agreements about what we’re doing. But what if someone objects to something based on values they hold? For example, cutting down a tree. Does cutting it down harm the existence of our community? Probably not. So can one say no? On what basis?
When we look underneath that question, a whole universe opens up: how to make decisions based on values and priorities in the context of uncertainty and complexity. This talk shows the underlying dynamics and patterns so people understand why these kinds of situations are so hard to navigate.
Ted is an advocate, trainer and consultant for self-governance. His main focus is sociocracy. After his PhD in linguistics and work in Academia, he co-founded Sociocracy For All and spends his days consulting, teaching. Ted identifies as a transgender man; he has 5 children between 9 and 18. A German citizen he, has lived in Cherry Hill Cohousing in Massachusetts for more than a decade. He is co-author of several books on self-governance, Many Voices One Song (2018) and Who Decides Who Decides (2021). His new book, Collective Power (2023), covers the patterns of selforganization in self-managed organizations.
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