I would like to understand.
I have to confess something to you. I like sociocracy!
Reading these I noted many ideas that I like very much and I kept them in my personal journal as quotes.
One of the ideas I like is to “bring the skill of self-governance into every corner of society”.
I identified myself with this goal from the moment I read it.
That’s why I advocated for the establishment of a SoFA circle whose goal is to promote sociocracy to all people who speak my native language.
Now, after a few months, I can look back more detached and, as you already know, questions come into my mind.
Yes, I know … Many people are looking for answers …
Well I also like answers, but some time ago I realized that in life, the answers could change, but the questions remain almost the same.
That’s why I am always looking for questions.
Fortunately, in sociocracy nobody should have the “right answer”, as we are interested in finding answers based on our collective intelligence. Or not?
We also are not pressed to find the best answer (solution) at once.
At any given moment we are looking for “understanding the matter”, then, when it’s clear enough we can proceed to have a proposal then we go through the consent decision-making process working to be “good enough for now” and “safe enough to try”. Then, in time, we evaluate the decisions we have made through the results we have obtained and nothing will stop us from reconsidering our decisions and optimizing them, using the experience we gained in the meantime. Right?
Well, I like it very much, but in real life circumstances depend on the people who decide at any given time.
Other people could have other ideas, other preferences, other tolerance zones and so on.
We are here, now.
I understand what it was and what it is but I’m also very interested about what will come. Are you?
The times when the organization was founded are “past tense” and here my question is coming:
Do we want our organization to be geographically or some country centered?
It is clear where the initiative was but it also was meant to be “For All”.
“For All” has many facets and the way we organize is one of them.
Should there be a geographic center of this “For All”? I mean should there be a country in the center and all the others would revolve around it as the planets revolve around the sun?
Perhaps this question came into my mind, because I noticed that there is an International Circle but the country where the organization was founded does not have “a place” in this International Circle yet. Is it in another Ligue?
Is it somehow separated from the other countries? Is it more important than other countries? Does the voice of each territory matter equally or are some territories more important than others? I wonder if this is “power with” or “power over”? Should it stay like this or should it change?
Are some branches of a tree more important than the others? Are the branches of a tree treated differently or the same?
One other “alarm signal” was the fact that it has been used the expression “representatives from […] the more mature circles”. Is this statement in accordance with sociocracy? Should we create categories based on “maturity”? What exactly means “more mature circles”? Is there a policy regarding “the maturity of a circle”? If there is such a policy I would like to know it.
I went through an experience where I find out that there was no policy about the communication between circles, but I was informed about a “communication agreement” we didn’t previously consent to and I was asked to respect it first, then we could speak about it. Is this a habit in sociocracy in general or was it just a “rule” for me and the situation we went through? Was this manner to “solve” a certain communication “issue” a proof of sociocracy maturity from a “more mature circle”?
The initial intention was that an organization founded on sociocracy to be like an organism in which each organ functions autonomously but in which everything is interdependent. When something hurts, does the whole body know about the pain or does it only know the place where the pain manifests itself?
You see, I always try to understand what happens and why. That’s why I have questions.
Each question, by itself, asks for an answer. I guess the answers to my questions are on the air, coming to us …
You already know that what I’m saying is just my voice and that it doesn’t represent anyone else, right?
because I care
p.s. “Sociocracy For All” is a wonderful and generous concept that I fell in love with. How about stick to it and be able to build a fair environment, not just to have a “textbook” theoretical concept?