Joining a community that operates under the principles of sociocracy can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Here are some tips for getting started:
- Learn about sociocracy:
Before joining a sociocratic community, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the principles and practices of sociocracy. This will help you understand the decision-making process and your role within the community.
- Attend a meeting:
If possible, attend a sociocratic meeting or event before joining the community. This will give you a chance to observe how decisions are made and ask questions about the process.
- Ask about the community’s values and goals:
It’s important to understand the values and goals of the community you are joining. Ask about the community’s vision, mission, and values, and how they are aligned with your own.
- Understand your role:
In sociocracy, each member of the community has an equal voice in decision-making. However, different roles and responsibilities may exist within the community. Ask about the roles and responsibilities of community members, and how you can contribute to the community.
- Build relationships:
Sociocracy emphasizes collaboration and community building. Take the time to get to know other members of the community, and work to build positive relationships based on trust and respect.
- Participate actively:
Sociocracy is a participatory process, and each member of the community is expected to participate actively in decision-making. Take the time to prepare for meetings, share your ideas and opinions, and listen actively to the ideas of others.
- Be open to learning:
Sociocracy is a dynamic and evolving process. Be open to learning and growing with the community, and be willing to adapt as new ideas and practices emerge.
By following these tips, you can become an active and valued member of a sociocratic community, and help contribute to a collaborative and equitable decision-making process.
p.s. Do you think practicing the facilitation processes would be useful for you? Do you thing sharing real life experiences about facilitating sociocracy meeting will enhance your understanding and experience about sociocracy? This Community of Practice for Facilitators (CoP-F) might be helpful for you as well:
In the Community of Practice for Facilitators (CoP-F) no one teaches anyone, but we all learn from each other by practicing and sharing real life experiences.
We welcome your presence and contribution. It will enrich all of our sociocracy knowledge.
Next meeting is scheduled for May 8th, 2023, from 14:00 UTC (CoP-F East) and from 18:30 UTC (CoP-F West). We are available to schedule any other meetings, as necessary.
Best wishes to all of you!