Re: sociocratic consent - a question
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 17:26:05 -0700 (PDT)

On Jun 15, 2007, at 3:26 PM, Muriel Kranowski wrote:

Some considerations before we jump in: What do you do when there is
unresolvable conflict on some issue?  What is it that presumably makes
sociocratic decision-making go quicker with less nitpicking compared to
typical cohousing-style consensus?

Sociocracy emphasizes having clear goals against which to measure success and failure. It also emphasizes paramount and argued objections based on an individual's ability to act in support of a proposed action. It focuses on the reality, not the hypothetical. It emphasizes moving forward as best you can -- try it. See what works.

Conflicts have to be examined in terms of the goals of the group. Not all conflicts can be resolved when people have different goals. Consensus only works in groups with shared goals.

Conflicts are good when they lead to ways to improve the proposal so it meets the needs of more people. This is an important goal -- to improve the proposal to resolve objections.

If the new book answers these questions, I will buy it ASAP! But if the
book is really aimed in a different direction and doesn't address soc.
within the dynamics of an organization similar to an up-and-running
cohousing community, then it doesn't seem like it would be sufficiently useful. The table of contents doesn't help. I would love to know about that.

The book presents the principles and methods, but not in the context of cohousing -- next book!

This book had to be more general in order to address a much wider audience. And my coauthor is interested in corporate work where he feels the greatest social changes are necessary. But everything in the text applies to cohousing except the methods for variable compensation, since most people in cohousing are not earning salaries.

Sharon Villines
Coauthor with John Buck of We the People
Consenting to a Deeper Democracy
A Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Methods

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