Session 4

The fourth session covers organizational structure. Since you are only one circle, we will have to look at examples of organizations with more than one circle. If we imagine your ELC being linked with SoFA through your coach (or with another body filling that role if your coach is using the ELC curriculum without being part of SoFA), then we can now establish double linking between your ELC and SoFA training circle. In order to establish double linking, we will select a delegate from this circle to SoFA.

After this session, you will able to use these skills:

  • Understand the organizational structures of non-profits, for-profits and very flat organizations.
  • Double linking can be used in any organization – just insist on linking two committees with two people instead of (n)one.

Sociocratic tools you will know about after this session (in all sessions completed so far):

Session 4 preparation (optional)

activityreference materialest. time
HandoutPackage session 4
ReadingReading on organizational structure25 min
Reading in Many Voices One SongSections 2.1-2.2.2, p. 15-29, and sections 2.4-2.5.3, p. 45-5125 min

Session video

Session 4 activities (total meeting time: 90min)

activityreference materialest. time
check-invideo (facilitator for rounds)10 min
administrativevideo (facilitator for rounds)5 min
org. structuresvideo10 min
examplesvideo, org. structures (handout)20 min
Selection delegate(facilitator for rounds, use decision-making sheet!)20 min
your org. structurevideo

– draw your current organizational structure
– do picture forming/proposal ideas on organizational structure
– other

15 min
meeting evaluationvideo (facilitator for rounds)10 min

Session 4 enrichment (optional)

activityreference materialest. time
case studiesFind more organizational structures and stories on our page of case studies7 min
articlePop-up sociocracy6 min
articleThere is no hierarchy in sociocracy… right?8 min
articleSociocracy Starter kit7 min

Session 4 follow-up with coach

activityreference materialest. time
meet with coach:
leader and delegate
For groups that have booked a coach: put your feedback in this form. You will then receive an email to make a new appointment to talk about session 4 and to prepare session 5.30min