Sociocracy would work better if... (snappy answers allowed!)

From those who are using sociocracy regularly, what’s hard?

I’m thinking there could be all kinds of answers here, even snappy ones, like “my coworkers stuck to the processes!” :wink:

What’s your answer? All answers allowed!

Sociocracy would work better if…there were more built-in strategies to help us balance our practical goals (“let’s make decisions fairly and efficiently”) with our embodied (emotional, playful, spiritual, unarticulated) motivations.
I’d love to explore more ways to help us get our work done while staying connected to the juice that leads us to do the work in the first place.

self-knowledge and personal development :star_struck:

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That’s something I’m super interested in too.
I guess the question is how governance and culture intersect and how they can mutually support each other maybe even.

Is that what you mean?

Yes and yes and yes. :100:

Sociocracy would be “easier” (more comprehensive? more agile?)…if it included an integrated approach to agile project leadership (and management) based on sociocratic governance and decision-making. I’m thinking - and currently co-creating - and agile project governance/leadership/sociocracy matrix approach: vertical → sociocratic governance based on circles/sociocratic decision-making; horizontal → agile project leadership based on agile steering and decision-making. While sociocracy as is (and as I understand it) helps coordinate many voices to perform one song (effectively and with consent), agile project leadership may help having the one song ready to be performed more efficiently (getting projects done on time and within budget) ==> “getting projects done with consent” might be the result/overlap of integrating both approaches

If we weren’t as attached to preconceptions and where more open to the miracle of what can come out of a handful of people being together <3


…if we learned it early on in our lives. We could start with just speaking in rounds


Have you read the book: Company-Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy: Survive & Thrive on Disruption? We were already Agile and Sociocratic, and Beyond Budgeting filled in the gap we had around facilitating finances, so I agree that agile and sociocracy go together.

I think that sociocracy actually already incorporates a lot of agile frameworks without calling it that. The backlog is our prioritized list of to dos. Consent as is this good enough? encourages experimentation. The plan-do-measure cycle is about constant iteration and improvement.


Thanks so much, Deborah, for pointing me to this book. I’ll review. Also, I like your other comments and will have to think more deeply about how to best integrate all that.

Oh yes. I wonder if people would then say “that feels so artificial!” when asked to talk over each other :slight_smile:

200% agreed. I was about to say almost the same,

Why can’t we start with our families, so as kids grow up they already are affective and effective humans? :blush:


Hi, again, Deborah. Now that I’ve read the book, I’m very grateful that you pointed me to it…lot’s to learn, to explore and to adapt :slight_smile:


I think that historically, at least in my expereince, culture and operations have been siloed each have their own set of values and practices. What @sanket.bihari said, we need opportunities for personal development and self-inquiry and reflection to support both pieces. Maybe with an intersection of both, strategies would organically develop. Meaning we could integrate some of the practices that we utilize for personal growth for operational growth and visa versa. Essentially holding the tension between the two rather than denying one for the other.

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I love how you phrased that.

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