Beyond Democracy 8: Wrap up and intro to ‘Moving from Democracy to Sociocracy’

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In my first seven blogs so far explained what sociocracy is, how it works, what results it gets, and why it’s so damn important, which is because it’s non-authoritarian, it’s practical to use, it works great, it feels better to use, and it’s a more respectful way to relate to other people and all of those are huge! And in my opinion, worth the effort. It works great. Using sociocracy gives us better results than we would get using traditional methods. It is icing on the cake that it is also egalitarian, with all the results we would expect from true equality: people feeling respected, enabled, and trusting each other more.

I made a half-hour video about it in which I interviewed a few dozen people in the U.S. and Europe who use sociocracy. Certain themes were talked about at every single sociocratic business I visited. Following are some of sociocracy’s differences with business-as-usual.

Since everyone has a chance to give input on making policies better, the result is better policies passed. Meetings tend to be shorter and less contentious and people feel energized afterwards. Since solutions have to be found that deal with all objections, creativity and innovation are systematically incentivized. Since more people are able to take on responsibilities, more gets done, done better, and each person feel less burdened. Since people have more responsibility, they research issues, make decisions and end up growing as people (the subject of my sixth blog.) When people in the group take responsibility and things work out okay, trust builds. Sociocracy also allows the group to follow a vision rather than prioritizing the maximizing of revenue. Income is vital feedback for a group, but it is secondary to a sociocratic group’s purpose: its vision and mission.

Sociocracy just works better, and ultimately, people who are fortunate enough to use it feel better than those who have no input about the things that affect them.

Would you like to live in a world where there weren’t huge concentrations of political power or widespread poverty? I would! My next blog series is about a way we could get started creating the world we want by utilizing sociocracy and putting it together with other ideas. I’ll talk about what we could do with sociocracy here in Charlottesville, Virginia. A lot of us in the sociocracy movement are looking forward to the day that sociocracy is not only used in businesses, but in the political realm as well.

When I envision what a sociocratic government would look like, it doesn’t look at all like the public institutions that we already have, and I suspect that most people wouldn’t mind trying something very different. However, don’t think of a government entity adopting sociocracy in the same way that businesses have. It might not even be legally possible. Think of it as a way that we could create new and better forms of government institutions that would be totally different from the forms we have today and would make the current forms obsolete.

To make a long story short, I would like to initiate a grassroots communications network that has face-to-face elements backed up by online elements. There would be an institute that researches and publishes, using the contributions of everyone in the network, ideas about how we can better survive and thrive. I call that idea ‘The Institute.’ Then I propose that the institute would start a sociocratic ‘Co-op-Starting-Co-op’ that helps nurture co-ops into being.

In my next blog series which I call ‘Moving from Democracy to Sociocracy’ I’ll describe how I think we could start making that happen. Til then, cheerio!