Measurement of an organisation’s decision outcomes, role responsibilities, and mission progress is fairly standard (and important) business, and is equally core to sociocracy process.
Measurement within an organisation can be seen like the tracking of a ship’s navigation to reach an intended destination. The captain and crew are responsible for reading the vessel’s coordinates - considering all factors influencing it’s passage - and course-correcting the ship’s path as required. It’s their responsibility to adjust and refine various elements of the ship’s operation and course direction to reach their goal.
Applied to the organisational setting, when the intended outcome for a decision/role/aim is clear, measurement based on pre-determined criteria allows a read on how accurately the goal is in being achieved. This then provides opportunity to refine these elements (self-correct), contributing to the overall organisational mission (the ‘destination’).
Macro and micro elements of a sociocratic system are measurable (quantifiable and qualifiable), ensuring the organisation’s course toward it’s mission is on-track. Distribution of the tracking and course-correction to the circle/team-level allows those most closely connected to team-based outcomes to contribute and be responsible for achieving aims and outcomes.
In permaculture, sociocracy’s measurement mechanisms are characterised by the principle of ‘obtain a yield’. It also displays the principles of ‘catch & store energy’, ‘produce no waste’, and ‘apply self-regulation and accept feedback’.
Sociocracy supports measurement-based iterative design of holistic systems progressing towards purpose and mission.
[ Sociocracy is a collaborative decision-making & governance framework for groups, large and small; supporting collective aims to be achieved effectively, transparently and with equal-value of members ]
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