|Re: Moving Back from Consensus||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:25:46 -0800 (PST)|
> On Dec 14, 2020, at 1:12 PM, Mac Thomson via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] > cohousing.org> wrote: > > I find it interesting that people distinguish between consensus and > sociocracy as if they are two different things. I admire the workings of > sociocracy and feel that if our community decided to adopt it, we would not > be departing from consensus. We’d just be moving to a certain well defined > and organized form of consensus. Not having worked within sociocracy and only > having studied it, maybe my understanding is wrong. Thoughts from others > working within sociocracy? The difference is one of scope. Sociocracy is a method of organization that can be used to organize and govern all kinds of organizations — businesses, non-profits, membership associations, bakeries, schools,, etc — that uses consent/consensus as its fundamental decision-making method. It also uses other methods of decision-making when appropriate and chosen by consent. Examples: majority vote for the date of a holiday party, preference voting for the choice of new uniform colors, mediation for disputes with another organization or neighbor, autocratic decision-making by the department head, etc. Each designation of decision maker and method is first determined by consent/consensus. The bylaws or policies may do this for future decisions — not necessarily for each instance of a decision. Consent/consensus is a decision-making method just as majority voting, autocratic by religious or team leader, preference ranking, solidarity, etc., are decision-making methods. What we refer to as a method is more specifically a decision-making threshold — the decision is made when a specified threshold is reached — consent by all, total commitment of all, the majority of votes — simple majority, super majority, etc. Sharon —— Sharon Villines, Washington DC Co-author of Sociocracy: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy. A Handbook for Understanding and Implementing Sociocratic Principles and Practices, Updated and Expalnded Edition https://amzn.to/3nf1xBL
- Re: Moving Back from Consensus Lauren Lake, December 13 2020
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