You're a co-op? That's great! Sociocracy and cooperatives go together like peanut butter and jelly! Both sociocracy and worker-coops build on shared ownership and shared decision-making.


Manifesto for Wholesome Cooperation

A Sociocratic Perspective
SoFA Coop Circle

Humans organize themselves in groups to reach common objectives

Sociocracy and cooperativism stem from the premise that humans thrive as social animals. Quite possibly, cooperation acts as our most characteristic trait as living beings. We need each other. No human effort, made by a lone individual, succeeds. Since the dawn of our species, we have engaged in cooperation, and we're still figuring out how to do it best. We could certainly do it better than we are now, and sociocracy sheds a light on the way forward.

Sociocracy (also called dynamic governance) means governance by the socios: those who associate together. In other words, if you join, if you participate, you get to have a voice in decision-making. This aligns itself nicely with the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) definition of cooperatives, which states: “a co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.”

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John McNamara, Jim Johnson, Eric Tolson, Karen Peitzmeier, Jerry Koch-Gonzalez.

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