How to gather the personal power and synthesize it in a collective power using sociocracy?

Gathering the personal power and synthesizing it into a collective power using sociocracy involves several key steps.

Sociocracy is a governance and decision-making method that emphasizes the distribution of “power” and domain related consent-based decision-making.

Here’s a general outline of how you can achieve this:

  1. Understand personal power:

Begin by exploring and understanding personal power. Personal power refers to someone unique skills, knowledge, experiences, and abilities that can contribute to a collective effort. Reflect on strengths, passions, and areas where people can make a meaningful impact.

  1. Identify a common purpose:

Identify or establish a shared vision or common purpose that aligns with the collective’s values and goals. This purpose will act as a guiding force to rally individuals together and create a sense of unity.

  1. Foster self-organization:

Sociocracy emphasizes self-organization and distributed decision-making. Encourage individuals to take on roles and responsibilities that match their skills and interests. This allows each person to contribute their personal power effectively while also promoting a sense of autonomy and ownership.

  1. Implement consent-based decision-making:

Sociocracy utilizes consent-based decision-making processes, where decisions are made with the aim of meeting the needs and concerns of everyone involved. Consent means that a proposal is deemed acceptable unless it raises an objection. This approach empowers individuals by giving them a voice in decision-making and valuing their input.

  1. Create new opportunities to contribute:

Most people have a natural tendency to contribute. To facilitate these personal contributions, it’s enough to create the right context for everyone to feel useful, to feel appreciated and at the same time to be able to better value themselves. Keeping people who want to get involved on the sidelines (at a distance) will hinder development and significant opportunities may go untapped.

  1. Identify new allies inside and outside:

The world is constantly changing. People who yesterday did not know about sociocracy, have found out in the meantime and want to use it. People who yesterday knew about sociocracy but were thinking about it, today they may have made up their minds and want to embrace sociocracy. Form a group of sociocracy ambassadors willing to explore the world and promote sociocracy in every corner of it. They might identify new opportunities or actively keep in touch with those who are still undecided. Who could find without seeking? How about becoming aware and appreciating the human capital we already have access to?

  1. Facilitate effective communication:

Effective communication is essential for synthesizing personal power into collective power. Encourage open and honest dialogue, active listening, and constructive feedback among team members. This creates an inclusive environment that respects diverse perspectives and enables collaboration.

  1. Develop feedback mechanisms:

Regularly seek feedback from individuals within the collective to ensure that their personal power is being recognized and harnessed effectively. Feedback loops can be established through mechanisms such as check-ins, reflections and performance reviews. This allows for continuous improvement and adaptation.

  1. Encourage learning and growth:

Promote a culture of learning and growth within the collective. Encourage individuals to develop their skills, share knowledge, and support each other’s development. This not only enhances personal power but also strengthens the overall capacity of the collective.

  1. Reflect on and refine the process:

Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the sociocracy processes and structures in place. Adapt and refine them based on the collective’s experiences and feedback. Continuous reflection and improvement are crucial for maintaining and enhancing collective power.

Remember that sociocracy is a flexible framework, and the specific implementation may vary based on the context and needs of your collective.

It requires ongoing commitment and engagement from all participants to ensure that personal power is gathered and synthesized effectively into collective power.

What will be the new “currency”? Empathy?

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


I just replied to another one of your posts, Adrian, considering the very same ideas that you unpack here! “Support learning and growth”…"empathy…the new currency of group engagement—very inspiring concepts embedded in very effective and clearly described practices.