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  1. 1. A Sociocratic Complex?<br />a self-organizing governance model<br />for the<br />
  2. 2. Sociocracy: History<br /><ul><li>Applies complexity theory to governance of organizations
  3. 3. History
  4. 4. early 1800’s – Auguste Comte: scientific method applied to society
  5. 5. mid-1800’s – Frank Ward: coined the term
  6. 6. 1920’s – KeesBoeke: created school and developed key principles:</li></ul>the interests of all members must be considered, the individual bowing to the interests of the whole<br />no action can be taken if there are no solutions found that everyone can accept<br />all members must be ready to act according to these unanimous decisions<br /><ul><li>1970’s – Gerard Edenburg: applied principles to his family company</li></li></ul><li>Track record<br /><ul><li> Widely adopted in Holland
  7. 7. Businesses as well as Government
  8. 8. US Green Building Council
  9. 9. Center for Non-Violent Communication (ABQ)
  10. 10. European divisions of Shell, Heineken, Mars and Pfizer
  11. 11. Dutch police unions</li></li></ul><li>Governing Principles<br />CONSENT decisions: no reasoned paramount objections<br />CIRCLES governance: semi-autonomous and self-organizing<br />DOUBLE-LINK connections: between circles<br />CONSENT elections: open discussion <br />
  12. 12. Governing Principles<br />CONSENT decisions: no reasoned paramount objections<br />CIRCLES governance: semi-autonomous and self-organizing<br />DOUBLE-LINK connections: between circles<br />CONSENT elections: open discussion <br />
  13. 13. Consent Decision-making<br /><ul><li>Consent governs policy decision-making.
  14. 14. Consent means there are no argued and paramount objections to a proposed decision.</li></li></ul><li>Argued and Paramount Objections<br /><ul><li> Argued = present objection clearly for all to understand
  15. 15. Paramount = unable to function within organization
  16. 16. MUST BE RESOLVED for (policy) decisions to take place
  17. 17. Rounds are used to resolve objections</li></li></ul><li>Rounds<br /><ul><li> Circle meetings consist of ROUNDS and Open Discussion
  18. 18. EVERYBODY participates in rounds
  19. 19. Opening Round
  20. 20. Proposals & Questions
  21. 21. Quick reaction round
  22. 22. Consent round
  23. 23. Change round – resolve objections by improving proposal
  24. 24. Closing Round</li></li></ul><li>Governing Principles<br />CONSENT decisions: no reasoned paramount objections<br />CIRCLES governance: semi-autonomous and self-organizing<br />DOUBLE-LINK connections: between circles<br />CONSENT elections: open discussion <br />
  25. 25. Circles<br /><ul><li> Semi-autonomous and self-organizing units
  26. 26. Have clear Vision, Mission and Aim
  27. 27. Make policy decisions within their domain
  28. 28. Delegate Leading, Doing and Measuring to members
  29. 29. Operational Leader
  30. 30. Circle Meeting Facilitator
  31. 31. Secretary and Log Keeper
  32. 32. Representative(s)
  33. 33. Maintain Log of meetings and decisions
  34. 34. Plan their own development
  35. 35. Operate through Circle Meetings</li></li></ul><li>
  36. 36.
  37. 37.
  38. 38. Governing Principles<br />CONSENT decisions: no reasoned paramount objections<br />CIRCLES governance: semi-autonomous and self-organizing<br />DOUBLE-LINK connections: between circles<br />CONSENT elections: open discussion <br />
  39. 39. Double-Links<br /><ul><li> Higher circles elect Operational Leader of lower one
  40. 40. Lower circles elect representative(s) to higher circle
  41. 41. Typical structure:
  42. 42. TOP circle (~ Board of directors)
  43. 43. GENERAL CIRCLE (~ Department heads)
  44. 44. DEPARTMENTAL CIRCLE </li></li></ul><li>
  45. 45. Governing Principles<br />CONSENT decisions: no reasoned paramount objections<br />CIRCLES governance: semi-autonomous and self-organizing<br />DOUBLE-LINK connections: between circles<br />CONSENT elections: open discussion <br />
  46. 46. Elections by Consent<br /><ul><li> Elect: leader, facilitator, secretary, representatives
  47. 47. Every year or two
  48. 48. Clarify Function and Task of position, skills needed
  49. 49. Nomination round
  50. 50. each member nominates candidate and
  51. 51. explains why he/she is suited for the job
  52. 52. Change Round – opportunity to change original nomination
  53. 53. Facilitator proposes candidate
  54. 54. Consent Round: everyone expresses opinion and/or objection
  55. 55. Decision is made by consent</li></li></ul><li>
  56. 56. My Proposal<br /><ul><li> Read book and discuss this option
  57. 57. Consider adopting sociocracy as governance of Complex
  58. 58. Engage a consultant to create an Implementation circle
  59. 59. Create all circles and operate</li></li></ul><li>My Proposal<br />

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