Sociocracy is a consent (not consensus) based governance approach. Gerard Endenburg, who developed sociocracy, came up with four main guiding principles to form sociocratic organizations:

  • Governance by concent
  • Circle organization
  • Double linking
  • Elections by consent

There are some additional agreements besides the four main principles:

  • No secrets may be kept
  • Everything is open to discussion
  • Everyone has a right to be part of a decision that affects them
  • Every decision may be reexamined at any time

I find the circle organizational approach interesting because it seems to fit very well with the Large Group Methods I have mentioned in a previous post. I find it particularly interesting that the circles are coupled through double linking, which means that at least two persons from the circle also belong to the next higher circle.

See also and my book review of We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy by John Buck and Sharon Villines.

Information about sociocracy in Swedish is available at

Related posts:
Sociocracy requires a new mindset
Scrum vs. Sociocracy
Sociocratic principles can be implemented in many ways
Sociocracy is a method, and still it isn’t
Implementing sociocracy without sociocracy
Sociocracy as practiced by the G/wi
Policies vs. agreements
Scaling sociocracy is all about the context
Unspoken sociocratic principles
Cultural dimensions of sociocracy
A prerequisite for sociocracy is a socios

Related posts in Swedish:
Holakrati, holokrati och sociokrati
Hur införa sociokrati i en organisation (del 1)?
Hur införa sociokrati i en organisation (del 2)?
Sociokrati är som permakultur, fast för människor
Sociokrati är som en skogsträdgård
Kurs i kväkarnas beslutsmetod, som sociokrati bygger på
En historisk tillbakablick på kväkarnas beslutsmetod
Sociokratibok: Idag publiceras boken
Några tankar om sociokrati
Min gästblogg på #skolvåren: Att organisera oss rätt

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog. A common theme is his search for better ways of working together.

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