Resources

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Organizational structures (diagrams)

Case studies

For Profit: Europace

  • This case study features a for-profit in Germany
    • This case-study is helpful if you are a for-profit
    • Europace Inc. is a subsidiary company of Hypoport Inc. and has around 140 employees. Europace is Germany’s largest financial market place for real estate financing, building saving schemes and private credits. With a transaction platform, Europace Inc. creates and develops markets for the consumer. Europace is, roughly spoken, divided into four units. One of these is the “Privatkredit Unit” (short: PKU), which consists of 20 employees.
    • “Further growth of the unit is especially made possible with sociocracy.” 
    • This case study was written by Thorsten Scherbaum (Case study in English, English short version, German full version, German short version)

Social Enterprise

  • This case study features a social enterprise/working community in Scotland, Galgael, in the middle of their implementation process
  • This case study is helpful if you
    • have both volunteers and staff
    • would like to get an understanding of what it is like to start implementing sociocracy slowly
    • “A hierarchical organization can compromise on inclusiveness, and a charity can afford to be ineffective.” A social enterprise needs both, the effectiveness as a business and the inclusiveness and equivalence to be aligned with the social values and mission of the social enterprise. 
    • This case study was written by Jennifer Rau (Click for case study)

Worker co-op

  • A worker-owned cooperative bakery: Blue Scorcher Bakery 
    Scorcher bakery in Oregon (US) has been running on sociocracy since 2012. Make sure to check out the section on governance on their beautiful website!
  • This case study is helpful if you
    • are part of a worker coop in any sector
    • would like to see a tried and tested, established implementation of sociocracy
    • “[Sociocracy is] like getting a new game from the toy store. Some games you’re agonizing over the rule book trying to figure it out. Other games you’re playing within 15 minutes – Sociocracy is like that.”
    • This case study was written by Shane Eazor, as part of his contribution to the Sociocracy Leadership Training. Thanks, Shane! (Click for case study, click for webinar recording featuring Joe)

Cohousing

  • An intentional community: Cohabitat Québec (Canada)
    They describe their governance system on their website.
  • This case study is helpful if you
    • are interested of part of cohousing
    • would like to see a good implementation of sociocracy and see how others learn from their mistakes!
    • “For them the most important part of sociocracy is the rounds. They don’t like taking turns in a popcorn style.”
    • This case study was written by Damien Doute, as part of his contribution to the Sociocracy Leadership Training. Thanks, Damien! (Click for case study)

Cohousing

  • This case study is about Pioneer Valley Cohousing (MA, USA) switched from consensus to sociocracy in 2012. Hear what they have to say about the difference. You can also see this video on the same topic.
  • This case study is helpful if you
    • are part of a group that is running on consensus
    • are interested in intentional communities (ecovillage, cohousing, or cooperative housing)
    • “If only some people know things then you can’t really have equivalence of voices.”
    • This case study was written by Deborah Mangrum-Price as part of her contribution to the Sociocracy Leadership Training. Thanks, Deborah! (Click for case study)

Co-op

  • This case study features a homeschooling cooperative in Massachusetts (USA), after just having started out using sociocracy
  • This case study is helpful if you
    • are a volunteer organization with very flat hierarchy at the risk of burn out
    • would like to get an understanding of what it is like to start implementing sociocracy
    • “[…] homegrown collaboratives tend to be run by one or two highly focused people, a model that is efficient but ultimately unstable since these people are not always the easiest to get along with. [Andrew] feels that sociocracy releases much of the same energy but within a more sustainable and reasonably efficient structure.”
    • This case study was written by Andy Grant, as part of his contribution to the Sociocracy Leadership Training. Thanks, Andy! (Click for case study)

Cohousing

  • Hart’s Mill Ecovillage and Farm is becoming reality, and the group is operating on sociocracy already.
  • This case study is helpful if you
    • are part of a group that is just starting out
    • are interested in intentional communities (ecovillage, cohousing, or cooperative housing)
    • “It is the most intelligent structure on every level.”
    • This interview was done and written down by Cathy Nicolaides as part of her contribution to the Sociocracy Leadership Training. Thanks, Cathy! (Click for case study)

IT co-op

  • This case study features a worker-owned software company
    Outlandish (in UK) has some very helpful insights from implementing sociocracy two times. They are now a successul sociocracy. You can also read this blog post about sociocracy that our Harry from Outlandish wrote.
  • This case study is helpful if you
    • are part of a worker coop in any sector
    • would like to get a feel for what it is like to implement sociocracy
    • This case study was written by Linda Ellinor, as part of his contribution to the Sociocracy Leadership Training. Thanks, Linda! (Click for case study)

Eco-village

  • This case study presents an ecovillage
    • This case study is helpful if you are interested in intentional community/ecovillages
    • IBC’s purpose is to create and implement innovative projects and programs to raise awareness and increase sustainability in bioregional communities
    • “[In the beginning]  there was sometimes a lack of buy-in to the process and motivation to learn. In the language of sociocracy, they were more oriented to equivalence rather than effectiveness. With sociocracy, they were challenged to find an equilibrium between the two.”
    • This case study was written by Jesse Marshall (Click for case study)

Articles

Manual chapters (on particular topics)

Other articles:

Printables

Decision-making sheet (color, engl.)

Decision-making sheet (english, grey)

Decision-making sheet (Portuguese)

Decision-making sheet (Italian)

Decision-making sheet (French)

Handout: Circles

Handout: meetings

Handout: decisions

Handout: feedback

Visuals

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What is sociocracy?

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Communities

Empowered Learning Circles

Distributed Power

Rounds

Elections

Basic Features