What can we learn from the Quakers?

I am exploring the Quaker traditions. The reason for my interest is that the decision making by consent (not consensus) in Sociocracy is derived from Quaker practices. Furthermore, I think there are lessons to learn from how Quakers facilitate their meetings in general. The more I learn, the more fascinated I become! For example, here is What Wikimedia can learn from the Quakers by Sue Gardner. Note that Sue provides a reading list for those interested in learning more. And here is Martin Kelley’s review of Michael Sheeran’s “Beyond Majority Rule”, which to some is the definitive guide on the Quaker decision making method. Michael Sheeran spent several years studying the Quakers for his PhD. There are two short videos on YouTube where Michael shares his observations on Quaker Traditions and Quaker Decisions.

Published by Jan Höglund

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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