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Sociocracy in co-operative organisations

Sociocratic Governance Variations

Rather than being a rigid governance framework, sociocracy is an evolving community of practice and there are numerous schools of thought within it:

  • The classic Sociocratic Circle Method, based on the four key elements described above.
  • A patterns-based approach promoted by Sociocracy 3.0 offers tools and methods to support self-governance (see: S3.0 patterns).
  • A network governance approach using Consent Decision Making (see for example Circle Forward).
  • Finally there are many customised versions that have been adapted to best fit the needs of individual organisations who have adopted sociocracy.