FRIDAY EVENING TALK STILL RUNNING.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY WORKSHOP CANCELLED.
Elegance in Leadership: The Sociocratic Way to a Graceful Organisation
Elegance. Less is more.
The elegance of sociocratic leadership means less work, more results; less supervision and more creativity.
Do you have plenty of time? Sociocratic leaders do.
A 2-day Training Workshop with John Buck, author of ‘We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy’ on Sat 2 April – Sun 3 April, preceded by an introductory talk on Sociocracy on Friday evening, 1 April, 7pm (also open to interested parties not attending the full workshop)
What is this workshop about?
On the1st of April, 2011 John Buck and DecisionLab will be introducing Sociocratic leadership, and trading stories with people who show up. This is the beginning of the weekend course, but you are still welcome to attend even if you cannot join us for the full weekend.
On the 2nd and 3rd of April, 2011, John Buck and the lead instructors of DecisionLab (Nathaniel Whitestone and Martin Grimshaw) will be teaching a two day workshop on elegant systems design and on leading the growth and transformation of sociocratic organisations -- particularly in turbulent times.
This workshop is for leaders -- anyone who leads a team or organisation, or advises someone who does. We will cover the following subjects during the weekend, using a range of challenging yet playful experiential exercises as well as lecture and Q&A sessions:
*Can you delegate gracefully, and still be in control?
*Elegance in social systems design
*Leading the Transition: Bringing Sociocratic Practice to Businesses and Communities
*Developing integrity and cybernetic wholeness: for your community, your organisation and yourself
*How you can build and lead a Skunkworks: A Detailed How-To for Launching an Innovation Centre In Your Organisation and Using It To Produce Lasting Organisation-wide Positive Change
*The Inner and Outer Practice of Sociocratic Leadership
*PowerUp: Rewiring your organisation so that information and creativity go up as well as down
*Making decisions: leading sociocratic meetings
On the 4th and 5th of April, 2011 John Buck and the lead instructors of DecisionLab (Nathaniel Whitestone and Martin Grimshaw) may be teaching a series of 2-hour workshops which may include the following subjects:
*"Administration of Sociocratic Organisations"
*"Collaborative Government: Sociocracy in Government Institutions"
*"Sociocracy in Schools and Universities"
*"Community by Consent: Sociocracy for Cohousing and Co-operative Housing"
We may also choose to relax and go for a walk with good friends. Please let us know about your interests; we will schedule according to interest.
ABOUT SOCIOCRACY (COLLABORATIVE GOVERNANCE)
Sociocracy is a whole-system engineering discipline for human communities, reliably combining self-managing teams, community ownership, open book management, agile projects, iterative organisational learning, and participatory decision-making into a functional whole. Also known as Dynamic Self-Governance (in the USA) and Collaborative Governance (in the UK), Sociocracy offers a proven and clearly defined organisational change process for adoption that has been tested in numerous organisations of every type. Sociocracy is used by organisations ranging from single work teams to primary schools to universities to co-housing communities to multi-division manufacturing businesses to government departments. Sociocracy rests on four simple principles, is described in an open source set of engineering specifications, is supported by a global community of certified practitioners, and is used by organisations on several continents. Sociocracy is deeply compatible with the co-operative movement, permaculture systems design, agile and lean business disciplines, Transition Towns and Non-Violent Communication. Sociocracy offers not only a global practitioner community, but a specific set of engineering specifications maintained by that community through a global standards organisation.
Sociocratic organisations are organised according to (at least) the following four principles:
1) The organisation is made up of 'Circles', self-managing teams that make their own policy, manage their own work, their own training and their own record-keeping;
2) Each Circle makes all policy decisions by 'Sociocratic Consent', a clearly defined and efficient consensus decision-making process; any decision (with the exception of election of a representative) can be delegated by consent to another process (e.g. majority vote, working committtee, sole expert, a computer system, roll of the dice, etc.)
3) Each Circle is connected to the organisation by a double-link to the Circle above it (and a double-link to each of the Circles below it, if there are any) -- one Lead link, a person chosen by the Circle above, and one Representative link chosen by the Circle below. Each of those two people has full membership in both Circles, and participates fully in the policy decision-making of both Circles.
4) The election of Representatives (the person going up the organisational hierarchy) must always be done by Consent, and cannot be delegated to any other process such as majority vote or a single person's choice.
When & Where
DecisionLab gives you tools, training and a space where you can find resolution. Resolution is the moment when conflict turns into insight and creativity; it is the commitment and integrity you need to build your dreams. Get resolution.
Contact: Nathaniel 07766 093015 / nate@DecisionLab.org.uk