|Finally! Sociocracy: The Book||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 07:11:23 -0800 (PST)|
An unedited, working copy of Sociocracy: A New Power Structure for Ethical Governance is now available in a pdf, downloadable edition. This is the long promised introduction and guide to organizing and decision making based on modern systems theory. I beg you to read it and send suggestions for making it clearer or more inclusive. The final version will not be out until next year.
http://www.buildingcommunitynews.org/sociocracy/publications This includes the bulk of the book, namely: PART ONE: Introduction to Sociocracy Introduction: The Evolution of Organizations Chapter 1: Why We Need Another “-ocracy” by John Buck Chapter 2: Why We Need Another “-ocracy” by Sharon Villines Chapter 3: History of Sociocracy PART TWO: Governing Principles and Methods Introduction: The Power of Organization Chapter 4: Decision-Making by Consent & Sarah’s Story Chapter 5: Strategy, Leadership, and People Selection Chapter 6: Quality, Development, and Circles Chapter 7: Dynamic Process and Double-Linking Chapter 8: Compensation and Legal Structure APPENDICES: Resources for Further Study and Implementation Sociocracy by Lester Ward (1893) Sociocracy: Democracy as It Might Be by Kees Boeke (1945) Guide to Principles and Circle Meetings PART THREE is still to be completed. This will be a more detailed hands on description of how to apply the methods and techniques. There will be additional appendices of various worksheets, bylaws for sociocratic organizations, etc. We will also include some selections by Gerard Endenburg. Still missing are the copyright notices that some of the illustrations are used by permission of the Sociocratisch Centrum. In the final version these will be redrawn and updated for digital printing by JasonForrest. Also missing are the references and bibliography. The final version will also have an index.
Please send comments and suggestion when you have read the text. It has been an agonizing road to analyze language issues and make this a "run of the mill" book in the sense that anyone can understand the concepts and issues. We also tried very hard to analyze the text in the context of political and business management thought -- not just to present sociocratic ideas but to relate them to a wider context, historically and contemporaneously. Please do let me know what you think Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Coauthor with John Buck of the forthcoming Sociocracy: A New Power Structure for Ethical Governance http://www.buildingcommunitynews.org/sociocracy/publications
- Finally! Sociocracy: The Book Sharon Villines, November 2 2005
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