- Open and Honest Communication:
Engage in open, honest, and respectful communication with others. Practice active listening, empathy, and understanding when interacting with fellow members of your organization or community. Create an environment where everyone feels safe to express their thoughts, concerns, and ideas.
- Building Trust:
Trust is crucial in sociocracy. Foster trust by consistently demonstrating reliability, integrity, and transparency in your actions and decisions. Be accountable for your commitments and follow through on agreements. Trust is built over time through consistent behavior and communication.
- Collaboration and Cooperation:
Embrace a collaborative mindset and seek opportunities for cooperation. Encourage teamwork, shared decision-making, and collective problem-solving. Engage in constructive dialogue, actively inviting diverse perspectives and valuing the input of all individuals involved.
- Empathy and Compassion:
Cultivate empathy and compassion towards others. Seek to understand their needs, feelings, and experiences. Practice non-judgment and suspend assumptions, allowing space for deeper connection and understanding. Treat others with kindness and respect.
- Conflict Resolution:
Develop effective conflict resolution skills. Conflict is a natural part of human interactions, and addressing it constructively is essential. Learn techniques for resolving conflicts with empathy and respect, focusing on finding mutually satisfactory solutions that honor everyone’s needs.
- Consent Building:
Sociocracy values consent decision-making, where decisions are made with broad agreement and the concerns of all participants are heard. Strive for consent by actively seeking input and involving all stakeholders in the decision-making process. Create opportunities for dialogue and exploration of creative solutions. Decisions are made by those being in certain circles and domains, but nobody stop us for gathering as much feedback as possible and use it as input for generating better proposals and finally better decisions made by those few members of the circle (domain).
- Feedback and Continuous Improvement:
Foster a culture of feedback and continuous improvement. Provide constructive feedback to others in a non-blaming manner, focusing on specific behaviors and their impact. Be open to receiving feedback and use it as an opportunity for personal and collective growth. Constructive feedback provided at the right time can save us from situations where we could go off track or get stuck. In general, prevention is easier than repair, so a genuine and timely feedback will always help us.
- Mental & Emotional Well-being:
Recognize the importance of emotional well-being in relationships and cooperation. Encourage a culture that values emotional expression to recognize needs and ease mutual understanding. Building an inclusive and participatory work environment that ensures conditions of psychological safety for those who participate in the organization’s activities is essential to ensure that we benefit from a constant state of mental and emotional well-being.
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Sociocracy For All’s Vision: A world in which people engage together to meet their individual and collective needs in an equitable way, with respect for all living beings.
To promote sociocracy locally and globally as a sustainable way of governance. We do this by generating communities of practice and innovating by making decisions together, sharing what we learn, and inspiring each other through accessible and transferable materials, training, and resources.
1. Spreading sociocracy with accessible, educational and inspirational materials about sociocracy (articles, videos, webinars, social media) (primarily CC BY-SA-NC license) and through training and consulting. (Content Circles)
2. Networking and supporting the sociocracy world, including SoFA members, sociocratic practitioners and promoters, and regional and language-oriented groups. (Ecosystem and International Circles)
3. Providing SoFA infrastructure and administrative systems so that there is ease in running the organization. (Membership Circles)