MANY VOICES ONE SONG: SHARED POWER WITH SOCIOCRACY

MANY VOICES ONE SONG: SHARED POWER WITH SOCIOCRACY

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Overview

Many Voices One Song is a detailed manual for implementing sociocracy, an egalitarian form of governance also known as dynamic governance. Sociocracy means governance by those who associate together. This book is based on the Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method (SCM) developed in the Netherlands by electrical engineer Gerard Endenburg, based on earlier work of educator Kees Boeke. Many Voices One Song includes step-by-step descriptions for structuring organizations, making decisions, and generating feedback. The content is illustrated by many diagrams, tables, examples, lists, skits, and stories from the field. The book includes a glossary and index, and an appendix summarizing processes in easily reproducible form. The book covers four major areas: Sociocratic organizational structures based on linked teams (circles) that distribute authority from the top of organizations to the most frontline teams that are appropriate. These teams are linked by both top-down leaders and bottom-up delegates to ensure that influence and power are shared in a circular rather than linear hierarchy. Organizational diagrams illustrate different ways to structure organizations in an egalitarian way. Decision making by consent, defined as no one having an objection to a proposed decision. Consent is a participatory and inclusive approach to decision making, in contrast to win-lose voting and most forms of consensus. Decision-making steps (understand-explore-decide) detailed include proposal generation and the proposal to consent decision-making process. The book also outlines the steps for selection of people to roles in open dialog processes. The insights of compassionate communication (Nonviolent Communication/NVC) are integrated into the context of decision making. Meeting format and design, including facilitation skills and processes that ensure that all voices matter in decision making.Feedback processes for evaluating the effectiveness of meetings, policies, workflows, and role performance support an ongoing learning cycle and continuous improvement, not just in production and delivery but in the embodiment of equality itself. The intent of this book is to contribute to the spread of sociocracy by making information available. Egalitarian self-governance needs to be simple enough so everyone can share power in a healthy way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949183009
Publisher: Sociocracy For All
Publication date: 06/29/2018
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 529,619
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Table of contents
1 Sociocracy: Why, What and Who? 1
1.1 The values under sociocracy .............................. 2
1.2 The paradox of teaching self-governance........................ 6
1.3 Sociocracy in context .................................. 8
1.4 How to use this manual................................. 12


2 Organizational Structure 15
2.1 The circle ........................................ 15
2.2 Empowering the circle: aims, domains andmembers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
2.3 Operations and the internal structure of a circle: Roles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
2.4 Double-linking...................................... 45
2.5 Types of circles...................................... 49
2.6 Transitions and variations................................ 62
2.7 Other groups that meet ................................. 67
2.8 Operations-doing the work .............................. 75


3 Making Policy Decisions 79
3.1 Why make policy?.................................... 80
3.2 Decision-making methods................................ 82
3.3 Making policy-step by step .............................. 91
3.4 Improving the policy roll-out .............................. 120
3.5 Integrating objections: process ............................. 122
3.6 Creating and filling roles (selection process)...................... 130


4 Feedback and Learning 151
4.1 Basic concepts...................................... 151
4.2 Creating change..................................... 154
4.3 Compassionate governance is effective......................... 158
4.4 Increasing feedback................................... 161
4.5 Meeting evaluations................................... 168
4.6 Performance reviews .................................. 169
4.7 Self-repairing organizations............................... 175

5 How To Run A Sociocratic Meeting 177
5.1 Opening......................................... 177
5.2 Content ......................................... 183
5.3 Closing: meeting evaluation .............................. 193
5.4 Supporting documents: backlog, agenda, minutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
5.5 Facilitation formats ................................... 203
5.6 Virtual meetings..................................... 219

Implementing Sociocracy 221
6.1 Thoughts about introducing sociocracy......................... 221
6.2 How to introduce sociocracy .............................. 223
6.3 Starting a new organization............................... 225
6.4 Implementing sociocracy in start-up organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
6.5 Volunteer organizations................................. 232
6.6 Sociocracy in tiny groups ................................ 234
6.7 Organizations with few workers and many members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
6.8 Legal issues ....................................... 237
6.9 Sociocracy, ownership and control ........................... 238
6.10 Typical pitfalls in implementations ........................... 239
6.11 Continuing education.................................. 252

7 Appendix 254
7.1 About Sociocracy For All (SoFA) ............................ 254
7.2 About the authors.................................... 257
7.3 Resources ........................................ 258
7.5 Index........................................... 259

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