Organizing in between and beyond

This is the first post in my series on organizing “between and beyond.” Other posts are here. The last chapter in Science, Order, and Creativity by David Bohm and F. David Peat is about “the order between and beyond”.1 Bohm and Peat write that most attempts to find order, say a new theory, involve searching […]

Is sociocracy agile?

Decision Making Systems Matter is an interesting article by Pieter van der Meché, Jens Coldewey, and Hendrik Esser, with Anders Ivarsson as additional contributor. The article is funded by the Agile Alliance and is a Supporting Agile Adoption publication. The authors describe how combining “Agile with ideas from Sociocracy provides … a way to create […]

Sociocracy is both right and wrong

Sociocracy uses consent decision-making. 1 If people are autonomic, 2 then decision-making by consent 3 is right. But if people are autonomic, then limiting consent to policy decisions only is wrong. 4 Sociocracy is based on cybernetic principles. 5 The basic feedback model consists of input-transformation-output steps, 6 and leading-doing-measuring activities for each step. The […]

Coming to the right solution for all

“When we have to find solutions, we take our time. We begin in a circle of chiefs, with the grandmothers standing behind. The chiefs must answer to the grandmothers and to the community they represent for their decisions. They understand that they have a lot of responsibility, not to their own egos, but to the […]

Wirearchy vs. sociocracy

After having read the book Wirearchy: Sketches for the Future of Work I have started to think about the similarities and differences between wirearchy and sociocracy. The first thing I notice is that wirearchy is an organizational design principle 1 while sociocracy, or rather the Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method, is a collaborative governance method 2. What […]

Gerard Endenburg on equivalence in sociocracy

Why is equivalence so important in sociocracy? I went back to Gerard Endenburg’s book Sociocracy: As social design and found the following: 1) “The axiomatic starting point of the method is mutual equivalence.” (p. 11) 2) “The issue … is not one of mutual equality but about putting into practice equivalence … of individuals, as […]

François Knuchel on equivalence in sociocracy

Why is equivalence so important in sociocracy? Below is an answer (in italics, my emphasis in bold) from François Knuchel on the Sociocracy email discussion list on Yahoo, February 28, 2016: Because otherwise some become more equal than others, as George Orwell put it. Because it allows humanity, society and organisations to tap into the […]

Lasse Berg om san-folkens egalitära kultur

I sin bok Gryning över Kalahari: hur människan blev människa skriver Lasse Berg om san-folken och deras kultur (min betoning i fetstil): Hos san-folken råder en strängt egalitär kultur. 1 Samförstånd är det som gäller i alla san-grupper. … Men på samma sätt som jämlikhet inte betyder likhet, så kan samförstånd inte likställas med demokrati. […]