Hello! Starting this discussion on behalf of the Activist Circle…
What Activist groups use Sociocracy? This question has come up at several SoFA Activist meetings. Despite our members having participated in several (Extinction Rebellion, Resource Generation, Symbiosis, ect.), we have struggled to start mapping these connections. So we would love to hear from the rest of the SoFA-verse – do you know of any groups?
Our circle has previously defined an Activist group as: Any group who is intentionally taking action or doing work against oppressive systems and towards equity in support of marginalized interest groups or identities. (Such as marginalized genders, economic classes, living beings, etc.) And whose purpose and methods are sufficiently aligned with SoFA’s values.
Know a group? We are especially interested in hearing their experience adapting Sociocracy to support their organizing.
Psychologists for Future, it was founded in Germany. We have about 1000 members and we are using sociocracy. We have some difficulties because of the old mindset of bigger groups better choices. I tried implementing sociocracy from the beginning. We are using the principles of sociocracy in decision making and that ist great! We are using mostly the S3 framework because it is modular and available in German at no cost.
I’m interested in this topic as well.
I gave a presentation at a SoFA conference about how we’re customizing sociocracy for Youth Power Coalition as a movement organization.
Youth Power Coalition is youth leaders and adult allies advocating for young people to have decision-making power in all spaces where decisions impacting young people are made from nonprofit boards to city hall. We’re advocating for lowering the voting age to 16, training both young people and adults in intergenerational governance, and creating an online forum to connect youth activists everywhere. Our organizing team is 90% Black, Indigenous, and people of color and 50% young people under 18.
In this case study presentation, you’ll find out
- Why we chose sociocracy as our governance model
- How we customized sociocracy to work in a movement organization
- Where we’ve been successful and where we’re facing challenges
You’ll see that we have a LOT of questions that we find unanswered but also some things that we’re quite proud of.