Is Sociocracy an empty method?

The Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method (Sociocracy) is said to be ‘empty’ since the users are free to fill out their own details.1 I think this is true for many methods, including Holacracy and Sociocracy 3.0.2

Sociocracy is based on the following norms:3

  • SCN 500 The Sociocratic Method: Terms and definitions.
  • SCN 1001-0 The Sociocratic Method: Patterns for application, the production of equivalency in decision making.
  • SCN 1001-1 The Sociocratic Method: Patterns for application. Part 1. Production of dynamic organization.
  • SCN 1001-2 The Sociocratic Method: Patterns for application. Part 2. Leading dynamic organization.
  • SCN 1001-3 The Sociocratic Method: Patterns for application. Part 3. Anchoring of the method in legal terms.
  • SCN 1001-4 The Sociocratic Method: Patterns for application. Part 4. Mutual involvement.
  • SCN 1001-5 The Sociocratic Method: Patterns for application. Part 5. Production of ways of development.
  • SCN 1001-6 The Sociocratic Method: Patterns for application. Part 6. Production of Existence Ability Guarantee (EAG).

So, is Sociocracy empty? No, not really! Why would Sociocracy need to be ‘open’ to change,4 if it’s empty? And why are these norms needed in the first place? What are the assumptions behind these norms? I think this is related to the operating idea in Sociocracy, which is cybernetics.

Notes:
1 Global Sociocratic Center, Sociocratic Norm SCN 1001-0, (5th edition, 2010–2015), p. 2.
2 Sociocracy 3.0 builds on the Sociocratic Norms. See Sociocracy 3.0 Foundations Part 1.
3 Global Sociocratic Center, Sociocratic Norm SCN 1001-0, (5th edition, 2010–2015), p. 5.
4 Ibid., p. 2.

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