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We the People

Consenting to a Deeper Democracy

We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy

Our understanding of how the world works was fundamentally altered when the mechanical model of closed, linear systems was replaced with cybernetics and complexity theory. Sociocracy is a governance method that uses these new sciences to design organizations that are as powerful, self-organizing, and self-correcting as the natural world, including the honeybees.

The United States Declaration of Independence asserts that all human beings are created equally and endowed with the unquestionable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In practice, however, these rights exist only for the majority, the rich, or property owners. We the People explains how sociocracy ensures these rights to everyone. Sociocracy shares the values of democracy, but designs more inclusive and efficient organizations. It makes profit-making businesses more profitable, and non-profit organizations more effective. And everyone happier.

The text includes history and theory; essential principles; relationship to traditional management theory; implementation methods; classic readings; examples of bylaws for businesses and nonprofits; short guides for meetings and decison-making; a glossary; bibliography; and index. It also includes photographs, diagrams, charts, and tables. It is a comprehensive handbook for understanding and implementing the sociocratic circle method of organization.

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Autoreninformationen

John Buck was the first native English-speaking consultant certified to teach and implement the Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method (SCM). After learning to read Dutch to study with Gerard Endenburg at the Sociocratisch Centrum in Rotterdam, he completed a master's degree in Quantitative Sociology at George Washington University. Using quantitative analysis to measure the effects of sociocracy on Dutch workers, he confirmed its effectiveness in increasing worker commitment and organizational productivity.

Buck has extensive experience in managing hundreds of workers in both government and corporate sectors in computer systems installation and management. He is a division director for the international organization, the Sociocracy Group, LLC. An expert in governance methods and organizational design, he serves on the boards of several organizations. The father of three children, he lives with his wife in Silver Spring, MD.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Notes on the Digital Edition

About this Book

About the Second Edition

About the Authors

Part I Revisiting Governance

Governance and Science

Management Theory & Governance

1. Why We Need Another "-ocracy" by John Buck

2. Why We Need Another "-ocracy" by Sharon Villines

3. The Idea of a Sociocracy

Auguste Comte, Philosopher & Sociologist

Lester Frank Ward, Rugged Individualist5

Cornelius Boeke & Beatrice Cadbury

The First Sociocracy9

Gerard Endenburg, Inventor & Engineer

Engineering Organizations

4. Cybernetics & Sociocracy

The Science of Cybernetics

The Uniqueness of Purpose in Cybernetics

Second-Order Cybernetics

What Is a Strong Organization?

The First Principle: Consent

The Second Principle: Circles

The Third Principle: Double-Links

Part II Rewiring Organizational Power

5. Inclusive Decision-Making

Policy Decisions vs. Operations Decisions

Power in Organizations

Consent, Policy Decisions, Domains

Objection, Not Veto

Story of Sociocracy in Charles's Office

6. Developing Quality 5

Quality Control & Self-Organization

Why Design Organizations This Way?

7. Steering & Structure

Circular Processes

Types of Steering

Feedback and Feed-Forward Loops

Static & Dynamic Steering

Double-Linking & Dynamic Governance

8. New Leadership Strategies

Electing Leaders

Leadership as a Function of Work

Deficiencies of the War Analogy

The Strategic Planning Process

9. Free & Self-Optimizing Organizations

Social Responsibility

Communications

Compensation as Measurement

Investors & Investment Capital

Planned Profit Distribution

No Owners, No Slaves

Part III Organizing Our Strengths

The How To

10. Circles & Implementation

11. Rounds & the Consent Process

Sara's Story: Consent Decision-Making to the Rescue

12. Assigning Roles & Responsibilities Using the Consent Process

13. Organizing Work by Producing Organization

Defining the Aim

Designing the Production Process

The Steering Wheel: Leading and Measuring

Vision, Mission, and Aim Examples

14. Money as Measurement

The Sociocratic Compensation Structure

Effects of the System

Invitation to Share

To Contact the Authors

Sociocratic Centers & Resources

Appendices: Additional Resources

A. Sociocracy by Frank Ward

B. Democracy as It Might Be by Kees Boeke

C. Rationale for a New Social Design by Gerard Endenburg

D. Sociocracy for One by Sharon Villines

E. Sample Bylaws for a Sociocratic Business

F. Bylaws for a Sociocratic Nonprofit Organization

G. Guides to Organizing SociocraticallyGlossary

Glossary

Selected Bibliography

Produktdetails

EAN / 13-stellige ISBN 978-0979282720
10-stellige ISBN 0979282721
Verlag Sociocracy.info Press
Imprint Sociocracy.info Press
Sprache Englisch
Editionsform Non Books / PBS
Einbandart E-Book
Typ des digitalen Artikels ePub mit Adobe DRM
Copyright Digital Rights Management Adobe
Erscheinungsdatum 1. September 2017
Seitenzahl 664
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