Sociocracy in nonprofits (presentation)

Recording

Non-profits do double-duty – they are running an organization with operations and (sometimes) staff and volunteers but they also put their time, resources & passion into serving a purpose.

Despite best intentions, many non-profits still copy the hierarchical structures of corporate businesses and replicate the power systems that are contributing to the societal issues we see. They have top-down chains of command, often a lack of clarity and transparency between board and operations, and they often struggle to include the voices of volunteers in the decision-making.

One way in which nonprofits can step out of that pattern is by systems like sociocracy. A flexible system, sociocracy is inherently inclusive because it runs on consent. Sociocracy also improves the flow of information between the board and the staff, it can help spread the workload, unleash self-organization, and provides clarity of who decides what.

This webinar recording showed how sociocracy works, gives real-life examples and circle structures from nonprofits, and highlights some of the tricky interfaces of self-organized self-governance work and nonprofit contexts, for example:

  • how does one divide up the work?
  • the interface between operations and the board
  • collaboration between staff, Executive Director, volunteers

 

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Further SoFA Reading

What is a Help Desk?

What is a Help Desk?

After using sociocracy “by the book” for years and very successfully, we have started to introduce a new concept: a Help Desk circle. It introduces a small but extremely powerful nuance in what circles are and how we can decentralize decisions and operations while empowering everyone in the organization in moving things forward that they care about.

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