After sharing the following on the discord thread: Discord
…I realized a piece of this tension I’m sitting with could be resolved through leaning into what the implementation and onboarding of sociocratic tools within the organization can look like beyond the governance charter (if and when it is consented to) and creating space for that. I love that there is a general aim to implement sociocratic tools and would love for there to be support in putting them into practice/pod realities. So here goes (resources and ideas):
First and foremost - this article: How to implement sociocracy - a roadmap: How to implement sociocracy - a roadmap - Sociocracy For All
In it, it is highly recommended for there to be an implementation circle and a training plan for the organization. I would recommend that there is a pod focused on the human integration and training of sociocratic tools to both the Orcanauts and Sonar Labs (this could be gov-naut, but at this point I think it may be a separate temporary pod so that gov-naut can focus on its current workstreams?) - perhaps socionaut?
Paltry attempted draft of an aim/domain (probably needs some work to make it more Orca)
Aim: Provide implementation support for integration and application of the governance charter + sociocratic tools
Domain: Trainings and Implementation Support/Review of the Governance Charter/Sociocratic Tools
Training will be important as stated in this article: https://www.sociocracyforall.org/struggles-in-sociocratic-organizations/ - one of the top 3 struggles for sociocratic organizations is not enough training on governance. As Jerry Koch-Gonzalez (one of the co-founders of Sociocracy for All) says, “Sociocracy does not need strong leaders. It needs strong followers.” Thus - training + practice are v important! Thinking further to align with the governance charter…what could minimum viable training structure look like? (so we don’t halt the processes already in motion throughout the org, but rather complement and enrich)
On the training side: I’m a big fan of both Sociocracy for All: Sociocracy Training - Sociocracy For All and Sociocracy 3.0: Sociocracy 3.0 Academy Courses and Trainings
And I’m no Ted Rau, but I’ll reiterate my offer to the organization/community in leading or collaborating on some sort of trainings/role plays/Q+a’s/demos as I have a fair amount of experience in sociocratic circles and experience on the implementation/training side as well. I’ll invite anyone to reach out to me as well if you have questions about specific pieces/tools/concepts and/or just want to geek out on sociocracy/self-managing governance tools.
Curious to see where this goes…