Organizational Effectiveness, Agility and Resilience

A few days ago I had a workshop with Alexander Tornow and Volker Schad, where Alexander presented Stafford Beer’s Viable System Model (VSM), I explained S3, and then we discussed how S3’s patterns relate to systems 1-5 of VMS. I don’t claim to understand VSM in its entirety, and I must admit I remain unconvinced […]

A Model for Intentional Change in Organizations

This post is also available for download as pdf and epub. Introduction Change in organizations is inevitable and happens naturally as organizations adapt to the various forces pulling at the organization, from the outside and from within. However, most of the changes that take place in organizations are neither intentional nor aligned across the organization, […]

Photos vom Konsentworkshop am #wevent in Berlin #sociocracy30

Für alle, die die Flipcharts nicht fotografiert haben, die Fotos als pdf zum Download oder unten zur Ansicht. Detailliertere Materialien dazu gibts auf Vielen Dank an die Teilnehmer!

Tools for Virtual Teams and Online Collaboration

This is a collection of short reviews of software tools to facilitate online collaboration. The use cases I have been looking at are as follows: virtual team events (like planning, reviews, retrospectives, daily standup, proposal forming, navigation meeting, trainings or topical workshops) asynchronous collaboration of virtual teams virtual coaching sessions webinars I have a few […]

Sociocracy 3.0 Illustrations are now on GitHub and Dropbox

Almost all the illustrations I have created for S3 are now available as high-resolution PNG files through GitHub and Dropbox. You can re-use them under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Introducing S3 for Distributed Teams with Trello

I am working on a guide explaining how to implement Sociocracy 3.0 using Trello with co-located and distributed teams. In the first part, which is already online, I explain the basic ideas, the general layout, and how to use the Trello boards for identifying drivers[^driver-guide], proposal forming and consent decision making. It’s really easy to […]

What Is a Driver?

In this guide, you will discover the relationship between your assumptions and your achievements, and how being aware of your motivation for action – which we call a driver – can significantly improve your chance of success both at work and in your personal life. You will learn how to easily identify, understand and agree […]

Comparing Different Models of Management

A while ago I stumbled upon Don Hinchcliffe’s “Comparing Various Models of Management with Holacracy” and found it curious he’d left out sociocracy. I assume he’s not even aware that Holacracy started out as a mere copy of Sociocracy, so I decided to fill in the blanks, and add both Sociocracy and Sociocracy 3.0 to […]

What is consent?

Consent is reached if, and only if, each and every member of a circle, after understanding the problem and thinking through the proposal in all its detail and implications, honestly states that they currently see no objection against implementing the proposal. Everything else is not consent. It’s not consent if somebody could not be bothered […]

Sociocracy – capital or lowercase ‘s’?

When I refer to “sociocracy” with a lowercase ‘s’, I refer to any system of running organizations where power (and decision making) is distributed to all members[^advocats of Holacracy would claim it’s roles and not people] of an organization through the principle of consent, and emergent knowledge is captured and integrated into working agreements[^policy] through […]