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.
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.
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.
Response by Francois Knuchel to Tom Nixon and Charles Davies’s interesting blog Beyond hierarchy & holacracy: Truly responsive organisations love authority, explaining Sociocracy’s approach to creative authority and empowering people to get on and do stuff.
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…
Sociocracy – the term means ‘collaborative governance’ – hard-wires ‘People Care’ and ‘Fair Share’ into the fabric of an organisation by ensuring that every member has an equivalent voice in policy. Like other living systems a sociocratic organisation relies on cyclical feedback processes to stay in tune with its members and its environment. Some call Sociocracy ‘organisational permaculture’…
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 – 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…
Dysfunctional organisations cause stress that impacts on 98% of UK employees. Here’s 4 simple tweaks to help your team enjoy work more.
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.
Republished in loving memory of Adrienne Campbell, who wrote this in part inspired by her work with myself and colleagues. Honest, effective and respectful communication goes much further than being nice or polite. It means learning techniques for handling differences constructively, with wisdom, so that conflict need not arise. Difference of opinion is ok, it’s how we handle that which is key.
Or The gulf between what we want and where we are Previously published at DecisionLab, 2012 ‘A plane is on the wrong course 90% of the time’ I was reminded of this nugget of wisdom today, while assessing where I’m at, where I’m going, where I said I wanted to go, and the habits that […]
“The good chef (chief) walks around her kitchen, with a clean apron and a pocket full of spoons”. I love this quote, that my friend Louis shared with me. Apparently it came from a local chef he knows, but for me it says a lot about Facilitative Leadership and Collaborative Governance. It talks to me […]