What is the context for sociocracy?

To me, sociocracy is about one-ness. One-ness as in: we are all one. And I don’t mean it in an esoteric way. I mean it as interdependence. You cannot do anything without others’ contribution. And you cannot do anything without affecting others. We breathe in, and we change the world. A tree breathes in and changes it as well. What I do here changes how you find the world. And since we are all interdependent, there is no separation between you and me.

And in that sense, we are all one. One big interconnected system of interdependent creatures.

We might feel disconnected because we might have different needs in a given moment. But as living things, we cannot be separated.

All humans share the same basic outfit. All humans all over the world want the same thing. Connection. Purpose. Doing things we are good at and contributing to something bigger than we are. What this might look like might differ but connection is the most basic need there is.
Connection is strongly intertwined with interdependence. Humans are born determined to connect. (It is a baby’s one and only survival strategy!) We all are wired for connection.

We seek each other. To be seen. To matter. To belong.

The systems we are using right now — and by that I mean all systems (may it be how we treat the planet, how we treat each other, how we parent, how we live in isolated spaces, how we access our food) — all those systems are broken systems, and we know it. We feel it. We need better systems. Systems that are humane. Systems that allow us to be human.

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“I appreciate the warm and kindly tone, clear graphics demonstrating many possible configurations of linked circles, and sheer comprehensive coverage of the topic in Many Voices One Song. The authors include valuable field-tested tips using sociocracy, drawn from their personal experiences. I highly recommend this book for existing and forming communities using or considering using sociocracy”.

Diana Leafe Christian

“This is a very important book. Many people will find its specific guidance very useful as they start using sociocracy to make their organization more nimble, adaptive and humane.” 

John Buck (Co-author of We The People)

This book delivers the essentials of sociocracy by sticking to its core values and principles. It’s a rich, balanced mix between pure sociocracy and valuable tips from experienced practitioners.
It’s good to finally have such a practical manual available: It is the Bible that any organization going to implement sociocracy should procure itself.

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There are three reasons for why Jennifer Ted Rau and Jerry Koch-Gonzales have written the book. The reasons are (1) to build skills, (2) to avoid reinventing the wheel, and (3) because they care deeply about equivalence. In the book, they share what they know about shared power and how to do it.

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Finally a handbook for Sociocracy! The handbook is detailed, practical, full of examples and insights from experience. A wonderful contribution for people striving for better workplaces and communities.”

Frederic Laloux, author of Reinventing Organizations

“How can we accelerate succession in human permaculture systems beyond pioneer species to more collaborative, connected communities?” – John Schinnerer

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“Sociocracy is permaculture for people.”
– Erin Young

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Sociocracy and Permaculture both use whole systems design to approach living systems.

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Merging the synergistic effects of Sociocracy and Permaculture,
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“Sociocracy feels so powerful and relevant to the needs of our times, so I deeply value how you are making it so accessible.”

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“It feels like a window has been opened and fresh air with new possibilities is flowing through the sociocracy world!”

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