|What does it mean to switch to Socioracy? [was Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance workshop w/John Buck, Sheella Mierson on 2/26-27, Wash DC||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:09:51 -0800 (PST)|
On Jan 5, 2013, at 12:00 PM, Diana Leafe Christian <diana [at] ic.org> wrote: > Here's a wonderful 6-minute video by some Lost Valley members saying > how they switched from consensus to Sociocracy, and why they like it. > http://sociocracyconsulting.com/resources/videos/ To expand on Diana's shorthand: I would describe this as "how they switched from no governance structure to a governance structure based on consensus." Sociocracy is the only governance system that supports and reinforces consensus decision making. it enables consensus, makes it practical in large and diverse groups with complex aims. In the video community members explain how communities are able to retain the collaborative and inclusive qualities of consensus decision-making while delegating decisions to small groups and allowing them to become specialized. While I understand why people like to oppose consensus with consent, I believe that in the end it is self-defeating. It becomes a battle of definitions rather than a focus on how to organize cohousing communities so they function as excellent places to live and grow. The fundamental difference between what cohousing groups using consensus do now and what they would be doing by adopting the sociocracy is not changing their decision-making method but adopting a governance structure that supports it and makes it more effective. That is the change that produces the shift from stalemate to community. Sociocracy's dynamic governance structure uses principles of organization derived from observations of natural systems and has been tested and developed in organizations since the 1970s. It was also strongly influenced by Quaker beliefs and ideals. It was developed first in a large residential school and then in a corporation. It has all the bells and whistles needed to make quick, well-considered decisions that are evaluated and improved over time, but also has as its underlying values equivalence and harmony, not competition. In cohousing, because we fear losing the inclusive wholeness of our communities, we have resisted adopting anything other than full-group decision-making. Sociocracy allows us to delegate and specialize and still retain the sense of the whole. Sharon ==== Sharon Villines Co-author with John Buck of We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, a Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Methods http://www.sociocracy.info
Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance workshop w/John Buck, Sheella Mierson on 2/26-27, Wash DC Diana Leafe Christian, January 5 2013
- What does it mean to switch to Socioracy? [was Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance workshop w/John Buck, Sheella Mierson on 2/26-27, Wash DC Sharon Villines, January 6 2013
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