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Implementation Resources

All of our Resources and Offers Related to Implementation of Sociocracy in Organizations

“My interest in this work comes from my interest in equality.
Sociocratic organizations are one of the few places in our society where we can live equality in practice.
And when everyone is equal and there is a structure that supports that, we can build organizations that show that an alternative and more just world is possible. 

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Sociocracy Starter Kit – Article

Article outline

  1. Understand sociocracy — connecting and educating
  2. Explore sociocracy — building a home base and experimenting
  3. Making a decision and putting it in place 

We assume you’re part of an organization — your own business, your workplace, your community, your association. You have some basic knowledge in sociocracy.

Let’s say you know that you are dreaming of turning your organization into a self-managed organization, using sociocracy (or any related framework). Now what?

First of all, let me say that I don’t believe in a cookie-cutter method. Every organization is a little different. And every organization has its unique advantages and potential challenges. Interestingly, every organization has to shift in some way. […]” Read article

 

Online Offers that Support Implementations

Organizational structure class

Online classes (3x 2 hours) on sociocratic circle structures – lots of examples and an opportunity to design your own with some trainer feedback.

Online coaching packages

Coaching packages – just the level of “hand-holding” that you choose to get the organization you want. 

All Resources Related to Implementation

Leadership in sociocracy

Leadership in sociocracy

What is leadership when it’s not command-and-control? Why are there leaders in sociocratic circles, and what do they do? How can I be a good sociocratic leader? A presentation by Ted Rau.

Case study: Børns Vilkår

Case study: Børns Vilkår

Børns Vilkår: based in Copenhagen, Børns Vilkår is dedicated to stopping child neglect in all its forms. They were born with this purpose in 1971 and have continued to grow and expand the way in which they support children. Currently, they run a number of services including phone line and online support, as well as working with schools and government to address the root issues.

The “four necessary requirements” for intentional communities to use sociocracy effectively

In my years teaching sociocracy for ecovillages, cohousing communities, and other intentional communities and member-led groups, I realized they need to meet what I call “the four necessary requirements” to succeed and thrive with sociocracy — to use it effectively and avoid the unintended conflict from not meeting the requirements. They are: (1) Everyone learns it (rather than only some people knowing it), (2) You use what I call “all seven parts” (rather than only some parts), (3) Use it like your sociocracy trainer taught (rather than creating a hybrid with consensus or voting), and (4) Get periodic review trainings, consultations, advice, and/or guidance from a sociocracy trainer/consultant to avoid “governance drift.” We’ll look at success stories as well as cautionary tales about communities who do (and don’t) meet these requirements and field-tested, effective ways you can help a group meet them and experience the best of sociocracy.

Getting it Built with Sociocracy

Presentation by Cate de Vreede. The case of Treehouse Village Ecohousing. Treehouse Village’s first decision may have been its best: choosing to use sociocracy. Hear how members of this developing cohousing community are using sociocracy to design their physical and social community.

Sociocracy in Extinction Rebellion New York City

Presentation by Jesse Marshall. Description: Extinction Rebellion (XR) used a hybrid of Holacracy and sociocracy to become the fastest growing environmental movement in the world in 2019. Jesse is one of four SoFA members serving on the governance circle of XR New York City, the largest chapter in the US. In this session, he’ll reflect on their experience, including mass sociocracy trainings, circle restructuring, and the challenges of maintaining coherence in an all-volunteer organization intent on exponential growth.

Sociocracy and Permaculture Design in a School Setting

A presentation by Andreas Jonsson. How can we integrate Sociocracy with Permaculture Design to get things done effectively and sustainably, and at the same time learn a lot? Andreas is a Permaculture Designer & Teacher. He works as a selected School Head Master at Holma – a school for Adult Education, which is run with Sociocracy and built on the Permaculture Ethics & Principles. It caters to around 200 students over the year.

Case study: 10pines

Case study: 10pines

10Pines is a 10-year-old software development company headquartered in Argentina with agile manifesto values and a peculiar way of working at its roots. With 85 employees, 10pines has more than $3M in sales and it serves both startups and large clients such as Starbucks, Burger King, Turner, Claro, Teespring in North and South America. Due to its culture and rituals, employees at 10pines are happy and turnover is less than 5%, compared to a 25-30% average value in the industry.

Codento

Codento

Codento is a Finnish consultancy company based on sustainable software development where customer satisfaction is the most important, even if that means to recommend other companies to potential clients. They grow up together with customers helping those on achieving their goals and expectations. 

Working with Flow: Sociocracy in the Funeral Industry

Presentation by Gina Price and Kevin Hartley. Earth Funerals is a brand, a trading model and a blueprint for sustainable practice in the end-of-life sector. The ambitious mission of establishing a national network of natural burial grounds across Australia called for a governance and planning system capable of meeting the demands of a complex, dynamic project. In an industry where ‘failure is not an option’, sociocratic workflow design is being embraced to ensure the delivery of professional, innovative funeral services, and products.

Applying sociocracy in my small business

A small mail-order business in the natural health field. I was amazed at how much value the process brought into so many areas of the business as we gave each one its particular focus, and many valuable new initiatives were instigated as a result.

Policy vs. operations

Understanding the difference between operations and policy is key to making fast and good decisions. The idea in sociocracy is to empower operational decisions (so they can be made by anyone who is authorized) and to make policy decisions to guide and improve those operational decisions.

Pop-up sociocracy

Pop-up sociocracy

How can you use sociocracy for a small project? How can you use it for a group that is just starting out and not ready to adopt a whole system?

The myth of natural flow

The myth of natural flow

Why we can’t pretend “just talking” will not be oppressive. Let’s talk about structures that truly liberate us.

Case Studies – stories from the field

Case study: Prairie Hill Cohousing

Case study: Prairie Hill Cohousing

Prairie Hill is a cohousing community on an 8-acre site in Iowa City, Iowa.  It got its start in 2009, and they started construction in 2017.  At this time (spring, 2020) they have built their common house and about 30 of their 36 units.

Case study: Grobund

Case study: Grobund

Three years ago, in a Town named Ebeltoft people started to gather, they began having conversations within the Community, they started organising themselves and gradually formed an organisation of around 30 people.

Case study: Børns Vilkår

Case study: Børns Vilkår

Børns Vilkår: based in Copenhagen, Børns Vilkår is dedicated to stopping child neglect in all its forms. They were born with this purpose in 1971 and have continued to grow and expand the way in which they support children. Currently, they run a number of services including phone line and online support, as well as working with schools and government to address the root issues.

Case study: 10pines

Case study: 10pines

10Pines is a 10-year-old software development company headquartered in Argentina with agile manifesto values and a peculiar way of working at its roots. With 85 employees, 10pines has more than $3M in sales and it serves both startups and large clients such as Starbucks, Burger King, Turner, Claro, Teespring in North and South America. Due to its culture and rituals, employees at 10pines are happy and turnover is less than 5%, compared to a 25-30% average value in the industry.

Codento

Codento

Codento is a Finnish consultancy company based on sustainable software development where customer satisfaction is the most important, even if that means to recommend other companies to potential clients. They grow up together with customers helping those on achieving their goals and expectations. 

Enkindle Village School

Enkindle Village School

Enkindle Village School is the first independent democratic school in North Queensland, Australia. Egalitarian in nature, the school is founded on democratic principles, with the belief that everyone affected by a decision should have a voice in that decision.

Case study of Treehouse Ecohousing

Case study of Treehouse Ecohousing

Treehouse Village Ecohousing is a project to build a cohousing community, the first in Atlantic Canada. It officially launched on Sept 29, 2018 with a first public meeting.

SoLaWi

SoLaWi

Solawi Bodensee is a German association with around 90 members. Solawi is an acronym for “Solidarische Landwirtschaft” which is translated as “solidary agriculture” and meaning “sharing the harvest”. It is similar to the US-concept of CSA, Community Supported Agriculture.

Pittsfield Listens!

Pittsfield Listens!

Pittsfield Listens  Pittsfield Listens is an organization in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, that works to build community, inform on civic issues, solve problems through community conversations, and to award individuals, groups and...

ArboLife

ArboLife

Arbolife was founded by Morli and Marc Mathys because they wanted to take a road to better care about themselves and the planet.

Non-profit: Learn To Change

Non-profit: Learn To Change

Case study: Learn to change is a Non Governmental Organization that brings together a community of teachers and educators working to support educational transformation for the benefit of building sustainable democratic societies.

A Time bank in Massachusetts

A Time bank in Massachusetts

Valley Time Trade is a volunteer organization that tracks hours of service offered by members to other members, referred to as a time bank. It is located in the north-central part of the Pioneer Valley, a western region in the state of Massachusetts.

Mindfulness first

Mindfulness first

Mindfulness first is a nonprofit that promotes mindfulness in schools and beyond.