Sociocracy is a participative-democratic, dynamic governance method that brings cooperation capacity, commitment and empowerment to the people. It works within any decision-making processes, in teams, in organizations, as well as in the entire society.
“Structure creates behaviour. Changing structure changes behaviour.” Gerard Endenburg.
In a sociocratic circle, this means in every meeting of a sociocratic organised group, every person is equal in decision making. The meeting-structure of SCM* changes immediately the behaviour of the circle-members. The core of our program firstly, is to gain competence in facilitation of sociocratic meetings to ensure that every voice matters. Collective wisdom comes up with each agenda-item, at the same time effectiveness and efficiency are developed, so the group accomplishes their tasks/goals as trust increases.
- The “Consent principle”
- Meeting-structure and consent decision- making, practice with examples and cases by the participants.
- Four (4) phases to create a solution, picture-forming, opinion-building and consent-forming.
- Participants learn in practice how to make meetings effective with the distinction of policy (basic) decisions and executive decisions.
- The “Circle Structure”
- Participants practice working in a sociocratic organization with shared responsibilities in different “circles” with clear “domains”.
- Real projects as examples will be worked out in sociocratic exercise-circles using a circle-aim, an aim-realization-process and distribution of tasks.
- The “Double Linking”
- We implement a sociocratic circle structure with two levels in the hierarchy, connecting the circles with two roles, the “circle-leader” and the “delegated” to practice equality and shared power among two levels.
- In the exercise-circles participants implement the four process-roles for shared leadership, near “Circle-leader” and “Delegator”; “Facilitator” and “Secretary” will be implemented and participants will gain experience with these roles.
- The “Open Election”
- This is the task of the Facilitator. A well-designed sociocratic procedure that includes appreciation and realistic feedback helps each circle-member build their potential.
- We practice the open election of functions and roles for distributing the tasks in order for participants to realize the aim of the circle.