Brexit & Shift: How can we transform the workplace together? Thurs 14 July, London

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In 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.

Building Enthusiastic Teams with Sociocracy, Greece, 2 – 9 Sept 2016

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Want 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 Sociocracy

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Tue 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.

Sociocracy For Dummies 4-11 September 2015, Greece

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While the word Sociocracy may be unfamiliar, its roots go back to philosopher and founder of Sociology Auguste Comte, via Quaker peace activists. Today it is used in businesses and communities looking to work more effectively and enjoyably. You might think of Sociocracy as what comes after democracy; a deeper, more genuine form of democracy, that can help us do a better job of working and relating with each other, whether at work, in community or at home. In this workshop you will experience and learn for yourself that beyond big words and ideas, the essence of Sociocracy is simple and elegant, that it can easily be applied to improve many aspects of your life…

What is Kaizen?

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Guest post by Francois Knuchel. Originally posted at Caterfly’s Smarter Working blog What is Kaizen? Kaizen is a philosophy that has transcended its development in Japanese car manufacturing management, where it was a critical component of the country’s post war economic transformation. Today, Kaizen is used across the world by life coaches, fitness and martial […]

A Deeper Democracy For Scotland?

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What could a real participatory democracy for Scotland look like?

The Common Weal has identified six transitions required to move towards its vision for Scotland. If I were asked which one of them to start with, I would begin with the last one – Democracy and Governance. The first five are about policy, but the sixth is about process, and most importantly it is about getting the whole Scottish population behind a vision. This is the participatory democracy it seeks. If there are lessons to be learned from the separatist movement of Quebec in Canada, for instance, it is that a democratic process must underpin independence…

Sociocracy: revolution, chocolate, peace, work

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Sociocracy: 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…

Sociocracy – A shift toward the mainstream?

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Leaders, business schools, politicians, communities and organisations around the country seem to agree that after the 2008 crash the societal system as we know it no longer works, and our way of living and running our organisations is not sustainable. All seem to be grappling to find new ways of doing things, yet in the vacuum everything seems to revert to the status quo. Of course, as Einstein said, you don’t solve problems with the same ideas that created them, so our current leaders may not the best people to ask for solutions and ideas for the future.

 
 
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