A letter from Nathaniel White:
My colleagues and I have just launched Sociocratic, Ecological and Economic Development, Ltd.: SEED Ltd. That is our parent company, a worker co-op and the first sociocratic limited company in the UK. You may have heard of us by the name "DecisionLab", which is the facilitation & training arm of SEED.
We have world-class consultant John Buck (co-author of "We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy") back in the UK for three days -- and he's willing to do a free talk for some of our clients and friends. So...
On Monday the 19th of April, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, you are invited to a talk and practical introduction to sociocracy with John Buck, in South London.
Sociocracy combines bottom-up and top-down structures into a flexible whole, where consensus decision-making is hardwired into every aspect of an organization. Originating from a 150-year history of sociological theory and experimentation in various organisations, sociocracy was developed into a practical management and governance system by Dutch industrialist and cybernetic systems designer Gerard Endenburg. For several decades now, sociocracy has proven to be extraordinarily effective in reducing average meeting length; achieving ISO-9000 ratings in record time at a fraction of the usual cost; and offering fulfilling involvement to each and every member of an organisation ensuring their best, most creative efforts.
I particularly want to share sociocracy with my fellow social entrepreneurs. Successful social enterprises of all kinds face a terrible dilemma: how can we grow without sacrificing our effectiveness or our ideals? There are three options, given traditional management structures:
1) Don't grow the team; do only as much business as the original team can handle
2) Grow the team and the business; take on a management structure that drains the creativity from the group and takes power from entrepreneurial leaders
3) Grow without a formal hierarchy, and suffer disastrous failures of coordination (misappropriation of funds, inability to make clear decisions, clients and projects dropping between the cracks)
Sociocracy offers triple-bottom line businesses an alternative. Sociocratic management structures offer great creative freedom within the team, strong coordination and feedback mechanisms between teams, and a clearly defined process for growing the organization. If you have a sociocratic business with cashflow, you can grow without sacrificing team creativity or entrepreneurial zeal, because instead of the standard linear command-and-control models you get circular, cybernetic models that allow leadership from each center of initiative (the person, the team, etc.).
We (DecisionLab) do offer coaching, training and facilitation to help people develop personal mastery and to help groups work well together, but the key to positive large scale social change (we think) is to tie these elements to new ways of arranging structural power in our working communities.
That's what we're about... serving the Great Transition. Like pretty much anyone we want to work with. So if that's you, join us on Monday the 19th.
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