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4th Annual Sociocracy Conference

May 6 2021

Better systems for a changed world

Powerful organizations for a desirable future

 

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Better systems for a changed world

The world has changed, and we all feel it.

When systems determine outcomes more than individuals, the choice of systems becomes vital. A system can help us show up, or it can reinforce our stereotypes and biases. It can ignore whole realms of information, or it can help us see the world more fully.

We need to talk about what we don’t want, but also define better what we do want. We need to talk about resilience, trust, respect, adaptiveness, voice, empowerment.

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“A Bad System Will Beat a Good Person Every Time” – W. Edwards Deming

 

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Slot 1 (13-13.40 UTC)

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I used to be lazy at work (Joyce Kettering)

I used to be lazy at work (Joyce Kettering)

When I worked in Fortune 500 companies with strict hierarchies, I felt entitled and would get annoyed every time I needed to work a second overtime. Now I enjoy what I do so much that a lot of my time off is spent learning about writing code and APIs so I can be every better at my job and create even cooler things.
Implementation challenges – comparison of two organizations (Irena Kaszewska)

Implementation challenges – comparison of two organizations (Irena Kaszewska)

Two completely different organizations reached the limits of their current governance style. What specific drivers made them consider sociocracy as the way forward? Who were the leading actors initiating the change? How did the implementation team set their starting line? What roadblocks had the pioneers on their way? Did the rest of their organization join the party? Are their stories really so different?
Sociocracy for informal groups including short courses and other gatherings (Rakesh “Rootsman Rak”)

Sociocracy for informal groups including short courses and other gatherings (Rakesh “Rootsman Rak”)

Many of us have implemented or used sociocracy in well-established groups or projects where we have time to train people to get them up to speed. But what about for short-term projects, where we do not necessarily have so much time. Rakesh has used sociocracy in many such situations, from one-day conferences to residential training courses. Let's explore ideas of how to use sociocracy effectively to co-create events.

Slot 2 (13.40-14.20 UTC)

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Connecting from the start: founding a community on sociocracy (Stefani Danes & Brenda Freeman)

Connecting from the start: founding a community on sociocracy (Stefani Danes & Brenda Freeman)

Stefani is a member of Rachel Carson EcoVillage, a cohousing community forming on Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus in Pittsburgh. As an architect, she designs urban affordable housing, cohousing, senior cohousing, and community facilities. She teaches courses on housing, intentional communities, and sustainable neighborhood revitalization in the School of Architecture at CMU. She is a graduate of SoFA’s Sociocracy Leadership Training. Over the past ten years, she has visited more than forty communities in the US and Denmark, prepared post-occupancy evaluations, and has completed a course in cohousing development. She has been a presenter at two national Cohousing Conferences
Measure instrument + research results (Florian Bauernfeind, Alfons Bauernfeind)

Measure instrument + research results (Florian Bauernfeind, Alfons Bauernfeind)

Together with the Vienna Institute for Participative Social Research, and funded by a governmental foundation, the Sociocracy Center Austria developed this Measurement Instrument, measuring effectiveness of teamwork. We present results of 450 participants, half of them from average working population. Compared with sociocratic teams the dimension "efficiency" (out of 10 dimensions) is 38% higher with Sociocracy.
How sociocracy is used by the People’s Party in Washington (Jim Lee)

How sociocracy is used by the People’s Party in Washington (Jim Lee)

Sociocracy has been demonstrated to be a highly effective and efficient decision-making process, especially where a group, such as the Peoples Party of Washington State, is mostly committed to a shared goal or purpose. We will also present the process we use to select and prioritize the policy planks in our party platform using a highly democratic, near consensus model that engages all willing party members.
Conflict resolution in schools by consent and NVC consciousness (Magdalena Sendor)

Conflict resolution in schools by consent and NVC consciousness (Magdalena Sendor)

If you say school you can say conflicts. It is life, it is normal. Since NVC and sociocracy have crossed my way, in this order, I am in the point of not being afraid of conflict even when the group is involved. With NVC which prioritizes connection and sociocracy who takes care about effectiveness for the group I find myself well equipped in front of tension and quarrels.
Sociocracy meets Rendanheyi (Emanuele Quintarelli)

Sociocracy meets Rendanheyi (Emanuele Quintarelli)

Through their unique ability to empower multiple streams of value creation among million of actors, platform organizations such as Amazon, Airbnb, Haier are quickly emerging as leaders of the business world. Boundaryless will share early insights from mixing their market-based design with sociocracy as an attempt to foster unprecedented levels of entrepreneurship, motivation, inclusiveness and power distribution.

Slot 3 (14.20-15.00 UTC)

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Egg or hen – Sociocracy: an organizational approach or a manifestation of a mindset? (Armin Sieber)

Egg or hen – Sociocracy: an organizational approach or a manifestation of a mindset? (Armin Sieber)

Encouraged by positive experiences with various new forms to organize a school, we finally decided on Sociocracy 3.0. The organic adaptability of S3.0 provided a framework to incorporate useful elements from other approaches and, at the same time, to meet the need for orientation and "simplexity" in our VUCA world. So for us, it was egg first, maybe? Insights and questions based on our multi-year trip.
KEEP THE BALANCE The Consent-Game for more cohesion and community (Anja Ritter & Barbara Strauch)

KEEP THE BALANCE The Consent-Game for more cohesion and community (Anja Ritter & Barbara Strauch)

As a project of Sociocracy Center Austria we developed, with supported from Indian Children's Parliaments, this board-game for easy learning of consent-decision and open election with fun and joy. In the German version, we produce and sell it latest at the end of 2021. The English will be printed half a year later. In the workshop, we present the game and play with you some tasks out of 8 different fields (in english).
Establishing a sociocratic center in the country where democracy was born (Sofia Kyprianidou & Verena Fink)

Establishing a sociocratic center in the country where democracy was born (Sofia Kyprianidou & Verena Fink)

In February 2021 The Hellenic Sociocratic Center was officially founded, 12 certified facilitators have been facilitating for a couple of years in Greece, 8 members are on their way to becoming Sociocratic experts, implementations are in different phases in Athens and Thessaloniki. Which benefits does the Greek society get from this method, and which difficulties are we facing in Greek organizations and groups.
Guerrilla Sociocracy (Sandeep Shetty)

Guerrilla Sociocracy (Sandeep Shetty)

This session explores how we can get started with using Sociocracy without having to talk about it while accounting for its ethical implications based on insights from Complexity Science, specifically the theory of Complex Responsive Process (CRP).
Facilitating the transition to sociocracy with the TRIMA model (Lucia Levato)

Facilitating the transition to sociocracy with the TRIMA model (Lucia Levato)

Self-management relies on the explicit understanding of the organisation's competencies and a shared set of values. The TRIMA toolset and questionnaires explore three dimensions of human behaviour (Social Styles, Competencies, Leadership Styles) and provide a shared language for values and competencies. We facilitate the transition to self-management with TRIMA-based modules supporting personal and team development

Slot 4 (15.00-15.40 UTC)

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Sociocracy and Anarchism (Eric Tolson)

Sociocracy and Anarchism (Eric Tolson)

I first approached sociocracy because it seemed to me like one way to put anarchist self-governance principles in a concrete and actionable manner, without getting too tangled in the muddy waters of discourse and ideology. In this presentation, I hope to expose the ways in which I think sociocracy already offers a way of anarchist praxis, and also explore together some ways in which it could do so more robustly
The Now What?! Collective: a case study in using Sociocracy in a “pop-up” context (Ben Roberts)

The Now What?! Collective: a case study in using Sociocracy in a “pop-up” context (Ben Roberts)

The Now What?! global gathering is a twice-yearly event first held in March 2019. The Apr-May 2021 edition is using Sociocracy. We will share learnings about how this works in a pop-up context, including our experience blending synchronous and asynchronous spaces in lieu of live Circle meetings with all members present as a way for people with many other demands on their time to engage in governance together.
Sociocratic framework in the modern art gallery (Paulina Koperska)

Sociocratic framework in the modern art gallery (Paulina Koperska)

All the activities of modern art galleries in the southwest of Poland concern the interface between contemporary visual practice and new social, political, and spiritual ideas. Sociocracy seemed to be the obvious choice for the new director. At the same time, BWA is deeply rooted in the bureaucratic world of the public institution.
Sunflower Model for circles in sociocracy (Mehmet Kuzu)

Sunflower Model for circles in sociocracy (Mehmet Kuzu)

Mehmet Kuzu provides consultancy to different types of organizations in the field of sustainable local development as a Statistician with Political Science knowledge. He works as a Business Development and Entrepreneurship Specialist at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Since 2009, he has been working as a trainer in projects within the scope of European Union grant programs.
Co-creating regenerative settlements with sociocracy (Rachel Butler, Caroline Jeffrey)

Co-creating regenerative settlements with sociocracy (Rachel Butler, Caroline Jeffrey)

Tiny House Community Bristol, UK, are a group of volunteers dedicated to tackling Bristol's housing, climate and ecological crises through creating community-led Tiny House settlements that regenerate nature and community. This talk will cover how we have found sociocracy to be a great fit for our organisational mission, the lessons learned implementing sociocracy and the current challenges we are facing.
How I introduced sociocracy in my software company and worked myself out of a job (Evan Miller)

How I introduced sociocracy in my software company and worked myself out of a job (Evan Miller)

In 2014 my business hit a wall and we needed to reinvent how we worked. I fell in love with Holacracy, but ran into a brick wall when I tried to get buy-in from my leadership team. I stepped back, picked a baby step, and tried a consent process. Something shifted. For the next four years, Sociocracy transformed our company, paving the way for my retirement in 2018. This presentation will explore how we did it.

Slot 5 (15.40-16.20 UTC)

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Sociocracy’s potential in the process of collective (re-)awakening (Ellen Even)

Sociocracy’s potential in the process of collective (re-)awakening (Ellen Even)

If you are wondering how it could be possible for humanity to align its consciousness towards mutual understanding and fear-free development • If you are wondering why the combination of sociocracy's clear rules and its great potential for empowerment enables the emergence of these processes • If you are interested in some practical examples of how you can nurture this culture, feel welcome to join my discussion!
Implementing sociocracy in a “start-up” political part in Switzerland (Roberto Bonino)

Implementing sociocracy in a “start-up” political part in Switzerland (Roberto Bonino)

Present in 29 European countries Volt is a pan-European party with the same pro-Europe, pragmatic and progressive platform across the Union. Volt-CH, the Swiss chapter was established in October 2019. Since January 2021 Volt-CH is testing a sociocratic internal organization. We will present the motivations to test sociocracy, the main elements of the organization and feedback and impressions from the members.
Implementing a sociocratic organization using sociocracy (Gaëtan Belbeoc’h)

Implementing a sociocratic organization using sociocracy (Gaëtan Belbeoc’h)

After experimenting sociocratic meetings within our team for two years we had to merge our team of roughly 60 people with another one of the same size. This was the opportunity for us to dive more into sociocracy and reorganize our department properly. It was not an easy task for us. So we decided to create a small group to work on the organization and a temporary general circle to challenge and validate it.

Active break (16.20-17.20 UTC)

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Chat in small groups

Chat in small groups

Take a break from listening and have a chat with a small group? Come this way and choose a breakout.
Non-profit chat

Non-profit chat

Are you part of a non-profit that uses sociocracy? Chat with others who are, too!
Sharing Circle

Sharing Circle

Tired of listening and intellectual stuff? Come here for a different mode of being.

Slot 6 (17.20-18.00 UTC)

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Reiterating Sociocratic Models for Culturally-Competent Inclusion, Accessibility, Accountability, and Transparency (Sophie Xu)

Reiterating Sociocratic Models for Culturally-Competent Inclusion, Accessibility, Accountability, and Transparency (Sophie Xu)

We will explore how to center historically and currently marginalized voices — especially those of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) — in existing and innovative sociocratic framework. To do so, we will grapple with and examine the births of sociocracy, its linkage to whiteness, and how to render its core, identifying, and groundbreaking norms (e.g. consent-based decision-making) culturally-competent.
Circular hierarchy and dual accountability: starting up sociocracy in a religious nonprofit (Alex Rodríguez)

Circular hierarchy and dual accountability: starting up sociocracy in a religious nonprofit (Alex Rodríguez)

This presentation tells the story of how a newly forming North American Tantric Buddhist sangha (community), Bhumisparsha, came to adopt Sociocracy as its governance structure. As a group committed to non-harm, with many having witnessed grievous misconduct in other North American Buddhist sanghas, the group turned to sociocracy as a way to address a structural tension inherent in the organization's purpose.
Org Stories: Exploring Anti-patterns through Play (Tanya Stergiou)

Org Stories: Exploring Anti-patterns through Play (Tanya Stergiou)

Org Stories, inspired by the game Black Stories, explores anti-patterns, practises that generate bad habits and deeper problems. The game was designed as a consulting tool with the intuit to stimulate groups reflection on their own work practises and organizational tragedies.
Implement in a whole town? Tales from Historic Greenbelt (Aileen Kroll & John Buck)

Implement in a whole town? Tales from Historic Greenbelt (Aileen Kroll & John Buck)

Greenbelt arose in 1937 from Eleanor Roosevelt’s vision of a cooperative, pedestrian-based, affordable town where decisions affecting all would truly be made by all who resided there. John Buck & Aileen Kroll saw Greenbelt as a perfect laboratory for bringing DG (sociocracy) to a whole town. They founded a Center in 2014. Hear about their ongoing journey as they share stories and lessons learned.
Sociocracy + Permaculture: Short stories on community empowerment (Rhonda Baird)

Sociocracy + Permaculture: Short stories on community empowerment (Rhonda Baird)

Drawing on years of community organizing, permaculture education, nature connection, and sociocratic practice, Rhonda Baird will use short stories to illustrate how these tools reinforce each other to support our communities in shifting their systems and cultural tools. We will look at the problems each might help us to solve and where and how they can be used skillfully in the moment.

Slot 7 (18.00-18.40 UTC)

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Human nature vs. Sociocracy (Miriam Jones, Adam Rumack)

Human nature vs. Sociocracy (Miriam Jones, Adam Rumack)

Living dynamic systems survive and thrive with change. A central tension in human systems is our resistance to necessary and unavoidable change. This tension cannot be solved by applying technical solutions, like sociocratic systems. We will look at a case-study of a failed sociocratic implementation, and what it showed us about power, ownership, and cultural shadow.
Using Sociocracy to Create & Direct Economic Resources at the Community Level (Linda Black)

Using Sociocracy to Create & Direct Economic Resources at the Community Level (Linda Black)

A presentation about using the principles and processes of sociocracy to provide platforms and tools that help to build economic resiliency at the community level. Communities can generate money and channel economic resources, keep money circulating locally, and decide together what community projects and efforts they want to support to better the lives of all. CommonGood.earth
Playfulness and collaboration (Ravi Resck)

Playfulness and collaboration (Ravi Resck)

If you had a choice ... Would you work with someone who doesn't want to play with you? Let's explore the importance of having fun in our daily life / work environment and discover another type of meeting that goes beyond operations and governance.
Decision-making operating system (Michal Kümmel)

Decision-making operating system (Michal Kümmel)

Series of past decisions shape the future possibilities. Decisions manifest culture, values and shadows of organizations and people. What if we create a decision making operating system for tayloristic, agile and sociocratic organizations to help us make better decisions? Content: Anatomy of decision making | Major challenges | Major opportunities | Proposal of Decision Making OS | Small practical steps
The promise and the challenge: how does sociocracy contribute to diversity and inclusion? (Sheella Mierson and Ocie Irons)

The promise and the challenge: how does sociocracy contribute to diversity and inclusion? (Sheella Mierson and Ocie Irons)

Sociocracy, with key values of equivalence and transparency, holds promise for improving diversity and inclusion. We will give some ideas of what specific sociocratic practices can contribute to this, and what the challenges might be. We will invite you to share the successes and challenges you and your organization experience in this arena, so that we can all get ideas and even inspiration from each other.

Slot 8 (18.40-19.20 UTC)

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Prosocial Schools and Sociocracy (Peter Bullock)

Prosocial Schools and Sociocracy (Peter Bullock)

Nobel Laureate Lin Ostrom uncovered a set of design principles for activating a uniquely elaborated human capacity to help, cooperate and share power with others. Prosocial is a global initiative to catalyze positive cultural change that feature's Ostrom's work. Prosocial Schools is a global networked improvement community in the k-12 education field that utilizes sociocracy for internal governance.
Sociocracy and Transition: complementary pathways to resilient communities

Sociocracy and Transition: complementary pathways to resilient communities

Enlightening the common points between the two paths and how sociocracy as a government system where power is shared and work is done from collective intelligence helps groups to move towards good living, resilience and care for Mother Earth. We will share concrete examples, successes and challenges of transition initiatives that have embraced the sociocracy.
Flourishing through sociocracy (Juliana “Pocante” Kucht Campos)

Flourishing through sociocracy (Juliana “Pocante” Kucht Campos)

Pocante was born with the purpose of building a more authentic and human, fairer and freer, lighter and funnier, more resilient and dynamic future. A year later, we are 23 members around Brazil and figured out that our largest direct impact is not on NGOs but on people's way of living - members, partners, social networks. We plant these values on their hearts through sociocracy structure and now its time to flourish
Changing Culture – Challenges & Breakthroughs (John Schinnerer)

Changing Culture – Challenges & Breakthroughs (John Schinnerer)

Living sociocracy requires major culture change. Existing behaviors will not generate different results, yet most of us resist changing our behavior. What specific challenges - and breakthroughs - have you experienced in experimenting with sociocracy? John will present several examples, and then invite participants to share their own. Bring your concise stories of changing default behavior to get different results.

Slot 9 (19.20-20.00 UTC)

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Lessons Learned: Transitioning from Consensus to Sociocracy (Normal Wassel)

Lessons Learned: Transitioning from Consensus to Sociocracy (Normal Wassel)

This workshop will cover how a cohousing community in the U.S. transitioned from using consensus to adopting sociocracy. What worked and what could be done better next time? It will cover the developmental stages, challenges to implementation, and how sociocracy was integrated into the governance process.
EmPathIQ Opening and Closing Rounds in Zoom sessions. How to create an open and safe group feeling instantly (Ceacillea Emahmn)

EmPathIQ Opening and Closing Rounds in Zoom sessions. How to create an open and safe group feeling instantly (Ceacillea Emahmn)

Since we got used to do meetings on Zoom, I see that people often straight away dive into their topic, without checking in with each other. I would like to bring honor to the Opening and Closing round for Zoom meetings, hearing from you how and if you use them. I will give you powerful EmPathIQ extras to make these moments heartwarming for the experience of the meeting as well as they empower you as the leader.
Beyond Process – Importance of Personal Development in Dynamic Governance (Rebecca Fisher-McGinty & Daniel Little)

Beyond Process – Importance of Personal Development in Dynamic Governance (Rebecca Fisher-McGinty & Daniel Little)

In dynamic governance, we tend to focus on structures and processes to guide us in collaboration. There’s an essential missing ingredient to facilitating and participating in these spaces: personal development. Our participatory spaces benefit from prioritizing personal development that builds the collective and the individual. In this session, we will explore personal development and offer guiding practices.
A fast, effective, and fun way to learn (and teach) proposal-forming in sociocracy (Diana Leafe Christian)

A fast, effective, and fun way to learn (and teach) proposal-forming in sociocracy (Diana Leafe Christian)

I'll demonstrate an effective, engaging way to show how Proposal-Forming works when teaching it to others. On a template everyone can see on a large screen, someone types Aspects of the issue into one column in the template while these are being brainstormed, and later does the same with specific Proposal Ideas. Doing it this way makes learning Proposal-Forming obvious, easy, and fun. We'll do it in the workshop.
Organic Organizations (Tanya Stergiou & Ravi Resck)

Organic Organizations (Tanya Stergiou & Ravi Resck)

Organic Organizations (O2) is a social technology based on Sociocracy 3.0 and Holacracy adapted to a Brazilian context, that helps organizations to become more adaptive, self-organized and purpose-centered. It is composed of a set of essential rules (its “Meta-Agreements”) plus a library of constantly evolving organizational patterns.

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We all get up in the morning trying to make the world a better place. But we also know that our small actions alone, as important as they are, are not enough. Things are complex, and whatever we do is a choice. Systems matter.

The only way to change anything is to change things on a systemic level, which requires the cooperation of people, groups of people, and groups of groups of people!

What are the systems that are non-oppressive, non-bureaucratic, non-hierarchical, non-misogynistic, and anti-racist?

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Given the vast inequality on our planet, affordability is something we care about for our global event. If you would like to attend this conference but have a hard time affording the tickets, please contact events@sociocracyforall.org to get a discount. 

To make it easier, we’re happy to tell you that Holaspirit is willing to pay the difference for 33 affordable tickets. SoFA would like those affordable tickets to in particular benefit people in the global south. That said, anyone can ask. Even more, we encourage you to ask for what you need! 

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We in Sociocracy For All see sociocracy as one of the systems that help us see more fully and compassionately in complex situations, and to find ways of working that work for more people, not only some. We’re well aware that sociocracy in itself is not a magic fix, but is embedded in a mosaic of systems that help us live in alignment with our values.

At this conference, we will compare notes!

  • What has been working for you?
  • What role do you think sociocracy could or will play in your organization?
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