Sociocracy: revolution, chocolate, peace, workSociocracy: revolution, chocolate, peace, work - a history. Little known in the UK, sociocracy is more widely practiced in mainland Europe, after being developed in depth in the Netherlands several decades ago. First proposed in 1851 by philosopher August Comte, founder of sociology and the Religion of Humanity in response to the French Revolution, and further developed by Lester Frank Ward, prominent early environmentalist and advocate of equal rights for women, and Kees Boeke. Boeke was influenced by the Quaker movement in Britain and married Beatrice Cadbury...
Deep Shift: An unManifesto for Community CoLearningWritten primarily for a Transition Towns audience, this article describes the joy of hosting, organising, participating in training events that seek to create a deep personal shift or equip communities with useful skills. It talks of partnerships to co-create capacity building and skill sharing. It talks of the 21st Century approach to facilitating learning rather than imparting knowledge at people.
What is Open Space?Open Space Technology, commonly Open Space, is a social technology, a tool for helping people to rally around a shared challenge, with minimum obstacles and maximum efficiency. It is used to organise meetings, gatherings, conferences, problem solving and summits in which everyone has the opportunity to participate on their own terms...
4 Tweaks For a Healthier TeamDysfunctional organisations cause stress that impacts on 98% of UK employees. Here's 4 simple tweaks to help your team enjoy work more.
Brexit & Shift: How can we transform the workplace together? Thurs 14 July, LondonIn response to the shock, division and disaray unleashed by the Brexit referendum, we feel it is essential to make space for people to come together. This is a participant-led 'Open Space' event, so the experience and discussions you have is up to you. But with many people distracted from fancy notions of reinventing work by very real and immediate worry, fear, anger, despondency this is your time to let off steam, ask big questions, get support and support others, or get constructive.
Mindfulness For Smarter Living 9-15 Sep 2016, GreeceWeek long learn and play retreat, with plenty of time for snorkelling and hiking around the stunning Mt Pelion coastline. Buddha’s Top Tips For Bringing Your Life Alive: Mindfulness has become a popular practice in the West, and embraced in business and medical settings, as well as in the growth in services focused on wellbeing. However, in going mainstream, much has been lost of the context in which mindfulness has arisen. To go deeper and learn more, commonly people will encounter teachings which are part of a vast and diverse web of cultures and ancient wisdom, and it is easy to be put off by language and something very different to anything we usually encounter in Western cultures. However, it has been said that while the Buddhist teachings and scriptures are like a mighty forest which one can explore for a lifetime, all one needs is contained within a handful of leaves...
Building Enthusiastic Teams with Sociocracy, Greece, 2 - 9 Sept 2016Want to solve many of the problems commonly faced in the workplace? Want to be more self organised and collaborative? Feel like you're not getting the best from yourself or your colleagues? 1 week learn & play retreat at the stunning Pelion Centre, Mount Pelion, Thessaly, Greece - part of the Kalikalos holistic education network. Just €400 including food and shared accommodation, and plenty of time for snorkelling and exploring.
Tues 10th May 16: Building Enthusiastic Teams With SociocracyTue 10 May 2016: Building Enthusiastic Teams with Sociocracy - a workshop with Martin Grimshaw, central London.
Get the basics of using and implementing tools for working smarter together: collaborative decision making in which everyone can participate and that harnesses everyone's ingenuity, innovation every day, continuous improvement, fixing the hierarchy, transforming differing opinions into a resource, and more efficient meetings.
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