How might a community/organization change its system of governance to sociocracy?

Transitioning a community or organization from its existing system of governance to sociocracy involves careful planning, education, and a phased approach to implementation.

Here are some possible ideas on how this change can be done:

  1. Assess the Current System:

Begin by conducting a thorough assessment of your community or organization’s existing governance structure and practices. Identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas where sociocracy could offer improvements.

  1. Build Understanding:

Educate key stakeholders, including leaders, members, and decision-makers, about the principles, values, and practices of sociocracy. Offer training sessions, workshops, or resources to help them grasp the concept.

  1. Create a Transition Team:

Establish a dedicated transition team or working group responsible for planning and overseeing the adoption of sociocracy. This team should include individuals with knowledge of sociocracy and those familiar with the current governance system.

  1. Set Clear Objectives:

Define specific objectives and goals for transitioning to sociocracy. What do you hope to achieve? Be clear about the expected benefits and outcomes.

  1. Engage Key Stakeholders:

Involve all relevant stakeholders in the transition process. This includes leaders, employees, members, or community residents. Their input and buy-in are crucial for a successful transition.

  1. Pilot Projects:

Start with pilot projects or teams within the organization or community. These smaller-scale implementations can serve as a testing ground for sociocratic principles and provide valuable lessons for wider adoption.

  1. Develop Circle Structure:

Create circle structures and assign roles within these circles based on the organization’s functional domains or areas of responsibility. Define clear roles, accountabilities, and authority.

  1. Consent Decision-Making:

Introduce consent decision-making processes in the pilot circles. Ensure that members understand the process and practice it regularly.

  1. Double-Linking:

Establish double links (representatives) between circles to facilitate communication and alignment. These links help connect circles and ensure that information flows effectively.

  1. Feedback Mechanisms:

Implement mechanisms for gathering feedback and conducting evaluations. Use this feedback to refine and improve sociocracy practices.

  1. Open Communication:

Foster a culture of open and transparent communication. Encourage active listening, respectful dialogue, and the sharing of ideas and concerns.

  1. Support and Training:

Provide ongoing training and support for individuals and circles as they adopt sociocracy. This includes helping members understand their roles and responsibilities.

  1. Parallel Operation:

During the transition, run the existing governance system and the new sociocratic system in parallel. This can help manage any resistance and ensure a smooth transition.

  1. Evaluate Progress:

Periodically assess the progress of the transition. Are the objectives being met? Are there any challenges that need to be addressed?

  1. Celebrate Achievements:

Celebrate successes and milestones in the transition process. Recognize and appreciate the efforts of individuals and circles as they embrace sociocracy.

  1. Full Adoption:

Gradually expand the adoption of sociocracy to encompass all areas of the organization or community. This can be done as the pilot projects prove successful and participants become more comfortable with sociocratic practices.

  1. Sustain the Transition:

Ensure that sociocracy becomes an integral part of the organization’s or community’s culture. This may require ongoing education, reinforcement of values, and commitment from leaders. Having well trained facilitators and providing trainings regularly will support the transition to sociocracy to become sucessfull.

  1. Review and Adjust:

Periodically review the sociocracy implementation to identify areas for improvement and make necessary adjustments. Regular performance reviews and results evaluations will provide the feedback necessary to a successful implementation of sociocracy in your community or organization.

Remember that transitioning to sociocracy is a significant change, and it may take time for all stakeholders to fully embrace the new system.

Be patient, provide support, and communicate openly throughout the process to build trust and ensure a successful transition.

If you want to share your personal reflections on this topic, please feel free to do so in a comment below. Thank you.

Best wishes!


  1. Start here:

  2. Sociocracy – basic concepts and principles:

  3. Why Sociocracy For All (SoFA)?

  4. Social Justice Statement of Sociocracy For All:

  5. Sociocracy For All in the news

  6. Sociocracy basic resources

  7. SoFA Membership - Why join Sociocracy For All?

  8. Sociocracy Training

  9. More sociocracy resources: articles and videos

  10. SoFA events

  11. Many Voices One Song – A sociocracy manual

  12. Who Decides Who Decides? - How to start a group so everyone can have a voice!

  13. Let’s decide together - The definitive guidebook for practicing decision-making with children

  14. Meeting Evaluation Cards - This is the Meeting Evaluation Cards product by Sociocracy For All

  15. Case studies

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