We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy

We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy

by John Buck, Sharon Villines

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ISBN-13: 9780979282737
Publisher: Sociocracy.info Press
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 902,212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

About this Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .vii

About the Authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xv

PART ONE: Revisiting Governance. 17

Chapter 1: Why We Need Another “-ocracy”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

by John Buck

Chapter 2: Why We Need Another “-ocracy”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

by Sharon Villines

Chapter 3: The Idea of a Sociocracy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Chapter 4: Cybernetics & Sociocracy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

PART TWO: Rewiring Organizational Power. 63

Chapter 5: Inclusive Decision-Making. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Chapter 6: Developing Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Chapter 7: Steering & Structure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Chapter 8: New Leadership Strategies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Chapter 9: Free & Self-Optimizing Organizations … . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

PART THREE: Organizing Our Strengths. 141

Chapter 10: Circles & Implementation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Chapter 11: Consent & Rounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

Sara’s Story by Tena Meadows O’Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169

Chapter 12: Electing People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Chapter 13: Organizing Work …. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

Chapter 14: Money as Measurement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197

AFTERWORD. 207

An Invitation to Share . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207

Finding Sociocratic Centers, Training, & Consultants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210

APPENDICES. 213

A. Sociocracy by Lester Frank Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215

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B. Sociocracy: Democracy as It Might Be by Kees Boeke. . . . . . . . . . . . 223

C. Rationale for a New Social Structure by Gerard Endenburg. . . . . . . 231

D. Sociocracy for One by Sharon Villines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239

E. Bylaws for a Sociocratic Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243

F. Bylaws for a Sociocratic Nonprofit Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261

G. Guides for Implementing Sociocracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285

1. The Implementation Process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287

2. Circles and Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289

3. The Elections Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291

4. Circle Meetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293

5. Rounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297

6. Policy Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299

7. Resolving Objections & Building Consent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301

8. Designing the Work Process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303

9. Guide for Logbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305

GLOSSARY . 307

BIBLIOGRAPHY. 321

INDEX. . . . .. 329

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