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New Federalism

Sociocracy - (i.e. Facilitation to Communism)





I received the following information in an email.  The person who wrote it was soliciting new advocates for 'sociocracy'. 

Activist Empowerment by Scientific Consensus [CNVC.org]

CNVC.org Center for Nonviolent Communication Recommends Sociocracy

Part 1. Brief Intro to Sociocracy [scientific consensus].
Part 2. Simple Sociocracy Demonstration

[contacts: LKINDR@yahoo.com, CNVC.org, Sociocracy.biz,
yahoogroups.com/group/IdealDay, enlightenedbusiness.blogspot.com]

1. Brief Intro to Sociocracy.

Fellow peace & non-violence advocates, there's a workable scientific alternative to majority [and minority] rule that eliminates problems with domination. It's called Sociocracy, which has been studied by scientists, e.g. Prigogine and Haken, in efforts to understand "self-organizing systems" and their advantages. It developed first largely in Holland with tremendous results for all kinds of organizations, and now it is catching on in much of the world, including the U.S.

There are intentional communities, cohousing groups, a nonprofit, the Center for Nonviolent Communication [CNVC.org], and a software company [www.ternarysoftware.com, enlightenedbusiness.blogspot.com] that already have begun using and benefiting from sociocracy in the U.S. Many activists strongly favor nonviolent communication and behavior - and unanimous rule is the only way to insure that, as majority rule and minority rule ignore some or most of people's needs, concerns and knowledge and overall this becomes at least subtly abusive to society. Sociocracy appears to be the most practical form of unanimous rule, or consensus.

Some of the benefits of sociocracy in all kinds of organizations [business, nonprofit, political etc] have been found to be:

  • Much more humane and fair treatment of all members;

  • Greater creativity and problem solving throughout the group or organization;

  • Win-win-win for investors, management and staff <no losers, no domination>;

  • Faster adaptation to changing situations;

  • Higher quality products and services;
    Higher staff commitment to and identification with the organization;

  • Fewer, more effective and enjoyable meetings;

  • Less sick leave;

  • Better safety records;
    More awareness of costs;

  • Improved consideration for clients;

  • Very little burnout;

  • Program self-discipline;

  • Greater practice of leadership among peers;

  • Better organizational continuity when many volunteers are involved;

  • Better support of fund raising;

  • Better accountability to the wider community.

2. Simple Sociocracy Demonstration

For any activists or others who attend meetings and who are interested in seeing a little of what sociocracy is like, here's a
way to try sociocracy that's pretty simple & painless:

2-1. Give your group members a copy of the above intro on sociocracy to read prior to the next meeting;
2-2. Also prior to the meeting, give a written proposal to the meeting agenda planner, asking that the group try out sociocracy briefly by using the sociocratic procedure below to elect someone at your meeting to be an Innovations Reporter, either temporarily or longer-term. This person would be in charge of a study of innovative ideas that may help the group and then reporting findings at upcoming meetings [This might include study of wishcraft.com [success methods], CNVC.org, P.E.T. etc, and of course sociocracy.biz - & see contacts above];
2-3. Take a copy of your written proposal and one or more copies of the above intro on sociocracy to the meeting;
2-4. If the members are agreeable to your proposal, here's a good way to proceed.


Sociocratic Election Procedure

  1. Chairperson, read the job description <for Innovations Reporter> and the period of time that the elected person would perform the job: <In this case, the reporter's job is to be in charge of a study of innovative ideas that may help the group and of reporting findings at upcoming meetings>. If there's already such a reporter, then the group may elect a Sociocracy Reporter just to study and report on sociocracy, or the like.

  2. Chairperson, appoint an election leader to give out ballots; everyone fill out the ballots and then hand them to the election leader. Tell everyone that the ballots should say this: I <voter's name> nominate <nominee's name>.

  3. Election leader, when the ballots are in, read each one aloud and ask each person the reason for his or her choice.

  4. When all have answered, ask if anyone wants to change votes.

  5. After hearing everyone's reasons, pick the name of anyone who seems appropriate and say: Let's start with <name> as the first consideration.

  6. Ask each person if he or she consents to the person you propose, and don't ask your nominee until last.

  7. If anyone does not consent to the nominee, go back to step 5 and propose another name in the same way and repeat this process until someone is elected, or, if time is too short, propose postponing the election until the next meeting.

  8. If someone is elected, give that person the Intro to Sociocracy above and their job description.

Note: In a normal sociocratic meeting there's a short time scheduled at the end of the meeting for evaluation of the meeting, in which each member can say what parts went well and what parts did not. These comments are often worth recording for later review. The group may like to try this evaluation process briefly after electing the Innovations Reporter. In this case it just requires asking each member in turn for their best and worst comments on this election process.