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This is an email discussion list about sociocracy, a method of governance 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 of all kinds.

This list was started by Marielle Jansen in October of 2000 when she was working with the Sociocratisch Centrum in Rotterdam. After Marielle left the Centrum, Sharon Villines became the owner and moderator in about 2003. In 2014, we have 325 members.

Some list members are just learning about sociocracy, others are training to become 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, please post a question or comment — don't feel intimidated. It does help if you have read "We the People" by John Buck and Sharon Villines or attended an introductory workshop. The book can be ordered from your local bookstore or an online bookstore. For more information see Sociocracy.info

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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  • 359
  • Social Sciences
  • Oct 11, 2000
  • English

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