What is Sociocracy?

Sociocracy is a mode of decision-making and government that allows an organization, whatever its size – from a family in a country – behave as a living organism, self-organizing and self-correcting. The most important objective is the development of co-participation and co-responsibility of the actors, giving power to collective intelligence in search of the success of the organization and supporting a way to increase productivity, security, happiness and commitment.

It is a systemic approach to designing, managing and leading organizations based on principles, methods and a structure that creates a resilient and coherent system. It uses transparency, inclusion, and accountability to increase harmony, effectiveness, and productivity in organizations of any type, from factories to co-housing projects, schools, businesses of any size, or networks of organizations.

Benefits for business
  • Greater commitment and participation of employees;
  • Increased resilience during economic crises;
  • Better technical performance;
  • Reinforcement of interpersonal skills;
  • Better customer service;
  • Greater awareness of the values of the organization;
  • Employed persons do not feel ignored, through measures that inform their well-being;
  • Decrease in sick leave;
  • Self-evaluation of employed persons, which is reviewed and accepted by the team, leads to the best performance of their abilities;
  • Increased awareness of costs.
Benefits for Social Organizations and NGO
  • Stronger commitment to working together
  • Things get done faster
  • New, better, more creative ideas come up
  • Increase in people’s happiness and sense of fulfilment
  • Easier to focus on the vision and serve the group’s mission rather than self interest
  • Constantly learning and improving while working
  • Able to do much more in less time
  • Sense of community and togetherness
  • Feeling heard and hearing others
  • Vibrant feeling of efficiency
  • Transparency builds trust and motivation
Benefits for the Family Environment and Communities
  • To make clear agreements
  • To have a clear way to review agreements
  • To make joint decisions in clear, conscious, nourishing ways
  • To incorporate feedback from decisions we made together
  • To set times to review earlier decisions and check if they need readjusting
  • To share tasks according to needs present at a particular time
  • To give the relationship focus and vision.
  • To relate more consciously
  • To find answers to everyone’s needs
  • To get together in more inclusive, equal and participatory ways
  • Become accountable for my decisions and commitments
  • To build trust
  • Find solutions to contemporary social isolation
  • Become more active in the neighborhood
  • Build community and become more resilient as a collective
  • Be part of co-creating a more just, diverse, peaceful society
  • To facilitate communication in the family
  • To hear more points of view and have a richer life experience
  • To bond deeply
  • To become a more resilient family
  • To be better equipped to face challenges and transitions
  • To make everyone be heard and valued and feel supported
  • To know each other better
  • To make the best use of time together

John Buck

John Buck is a Certified Sociocratic Organizational Consultant, specialized in organizational structure, decision making, facilitation of meetings and conflict resolution. His work focuses on a greater efficiency of the organization and a greater commitment of the employees. John shows that values as basic as equality, freedom and transparency can make our activity much more sustainable, attractive and profitable. He has led dozens of Sociocracy implementation projects in varied organizations such as schools, universities, companies -health, software, insurers, materials- and ecovillages.

He is co-author, along with Sharon Villines of the book We the people, Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, ISBN 978-0-9792827-0-6

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Course Structure

PART I

13, 14 & 15th May

The first three days will be full-time, from 10 to 14 and from 16 to 20 h. These days will be a comprehensive training on Sociocracy, its foundations, benefits, organizational methodologies, etc.

This is a hands on workshop; concepts are all taught with interactive exercises for that participants learn with head, heart, and hands.

The total time of this training block is 24 hours.

Part I Content
  • Overview of sociocracy – 7 parts
  • Aims, roles, vision, mission, operations meetings (addressed in context of class exercise – we will form class departments as the basis for realistic experiential learning)
  • What does it mean to be in a circle? why a circle?
  • Circle meetings
  • Explaining consent
  • Selecting people to roles and responsibilities by consent
  • Background of sociocracy; explain sociocracy in a few words
  • Sample case studies
  • Circles and double linking
  • Thinking strategies that are helpful for consent decision-making
  • Facilitation practice
  • Objection resolution
  • Power-analysis and implementation
  • Applying sociocracy to your organization
  • Role improvement review
  • Software that supports sociocratic processes
  • Sociocracy beyond organizations: society, neighborhood, family, yourself
  • More methods: Beyond budgeting, Open-Space; combined with Sociocracy and Agile = BOSSA nova.

PART II

16, 17 & 18th May

This block consists of three afternoon sessions, from 16 to 20h, where we will explore the application of Sociocracy in a specific way for different types of organizations, focusing each day to the following topics:

The total time of this training block is 12 hours.

Sociocracy for Public Institutions and Business Organizations

Sociocracy for NGO and Social Movements

Sociocracy for the Family Environment and Communities

FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS

As a complement to the course, in order to implement Sociocracy in an organization or community, we offer personalized follow-up sessions with a Professional Sociocracy Facilitator, who will support the adaptation process and resolve any doubts that may arise.

The accompaniment will be realized through meetings by videoconference. The number of sessions can be agreed upon, a minimum of 3 is recommended.

Venue where the

course will take place

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Course Fee

There are two ways to participate, either completing the whole course, Parts I and II or doing only Part I.

These are the fees for each type of registration.

Full Course

Parts I & II

Just Part I

425 €

(One person from one organization)

325 €*

(From the second person in the same organization)

350 €

(One person from one organization)

250 €*

(From the second person in the same organization)

* In order to implement Sociocracy in an organization or community, from our experience we see important the participation of at least two members of that organization or community. To encourage this way of participating, we have lowered the fee from the second person enrolled coming from the same organization.

If the course fee is too high for your income level, we offer a limited number of discounts in exchange for contributions, mainly with translation but also in other tasks.
Write us saying how you can help us.

Early-bird Discounts!

If you enroll in the course until April 7th, you can enjoy these discounts:

Full Course

Parts I & II

Just Part I

395 €

(One person from one organization)

315 €*

(From the second person in the same organization)

320 €

(One person from one organization)

240 €*

(From the second person in the same organization)

Organizers

Contact

(+34) 655 400 889

info@cursosociocraciamadrid.es