Permaculture is a nature-based regenerative design framework providing principles guiding humans to care for earth, people, and fair share of resources. It focuses on production of food, fibre and resources with abundance.
Sociocracy inherently demonstrates the permaculture principles in application to people systems. Following are four of these principles described in a sociocracy context.
• Obtain a yield - Everything actioned in sociocracy must meet circle and organisational aims. Vision-Mission-Aims are the bullseye for the macro and micro levels of a group. Measurement is built-in, demonstrating whether a project/action achieves their targeted yield.
• Apply self-regulation & accept feedback - Policy meetings have circle members follow process/protocol. This requires self-regulation to support the team to be effective, transparent and equivalent in achieving collective aims. Feedback is constant, with circle members receiving each other’s input through circle process, & measurement communicating the yield of a policy action.
• Design from patterns to details - Circle structure guides sociocracy process. When these patterns are engaged, finer details of feedback is accessed. Clarifying Questions and Reactions rounds tap into collective wisdom, harvesting details from circle members for clear perspectives on proposed outcomes.
• Integrate rather than segregate - In consent decision-making, objections to a proposal are a resource ensuring it adequately meets circle aims. This information is integrated into the proposal where possible. All circle members are included in deciding how their team operates; integrating collective input, rather than segregating decisions to ’management’ level.
[ Sociocracy is a collaborative decision-making framework for groups, large and small; supporting collective aims to be achieved effectively, transparently and with equal-value of members ]
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