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This is an email discussion list about sociocracy, a method of governance that was developed by Gerard Endenburg in the Netherlands in the 1960s. Based on the work of Dutch Educator Kees Boeke and cybernetic theory, Endenburg's sociocratic circle method uses consent decision-making for policy decisions and distributes policy decisions to all levels of an organization. The method produces effective and elegant organizations whether large or small, public or private, profit or non-profit, businesses or associations.

This list was started by Marielle Jansen in October of 2000 when she was working with the Sociocratisch Centrum in Rotterdam. When she moved to Australia a few years later, Sharon Villines became the owner and moderator. In 2013, we have 281 members.

Some list members are just learning about sociocracy, others are becoming consultants, and others are experts with years of experience. The flow of messages varies widely depending on whether a new question or interesting comment has been posted. Even if you are new to sociocracy and know very little, please post any question — don't worry about looking dumb. It does help if you have read We the People by John Buck and Sharon Villines. It can be ordered at http://www.sociocracy.info or at Amazon or any other bookseller.

The list is international so English is not a native language for everyone. Please be tolerant of awkward word usage and clarify meanings when necessary. Don't assume that emotionally ladened words or overly emphatic messages, for example, are meant to be provocative, or even emotional or emphatic.

Sociocracy is a method of governance, not an ideology. The tone of the list is inquiry and exploration. Please limit postings to questions and information directly related to sociocracy, including its methods and principles, applications, literature, history, and the community of people learning and applying its principles and methods.

Have fun and enjoy!

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  • 301
  • Social Sciences
  • Oct 11, 2000
  • English

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