What is Dynamic Governance?
Dynamic Governance (A.K.A Sociocracy) is an organisational method developed by Gerard Endenburg in the Netherlands. It increases effectiveness, decreases meetings, balances power dynamics and empowers every voice to be heard in streamlined decision- making processes.
In this method, policy decisions are made by consent and the organisation is structured in the form of circles. This allows for a group to self organise and everyone has an opportunity to have a voice. Each circle is connected to another circle via 2 members, so that every circle in an organisation is double-linked.
What are the benefits?
Dynamic Governance (DG) provides decision-making processes and organisational structures that ensure every voice gets heard and valued. It enables groups to function in ways that promote harmony, synergy and effective achievement of goals. DG also decentralises power and increases a sense of community and shared vision. Dynamic Governance provides the structure and organisational systems to create the optimum environment for peaceful and compassionate relating to flourish.
How did Ruth learn about it?
Ruth was introduced to DG in 2011 by the lead expert in the USA: John Buck and became NZ’s first (and Australia’s second) certified Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance trainer in May 2014.
Ruth participates in several groups where DG processes are implemented and has been training others in the process since 2012. Ruth enjoys the ease of decision-making DG provides where we don’t have to all fully agree with the decision to find a solution that everyone can live with. It also allows a feedback loop to the leaders of an organisation, so everyone has a voice.
How can I learn more?
Below are some resources that will give you an overview of the basic principles. To be equipped with the tools to start your own journey of using Dynamic Governance (aka. Sociocracy) in your workplace you can sign up for our next online course: Foundations of Sociocracy Restorative Interactions offers face to face Introductions and Foundation trainings for groups and organisations looking to implement the process. Contact Ruth: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
- “creative-forces-of-self-organisation”by John Buck and Gerard Endenburg. This article gives an explanation of dynamic governance with two case histories. Has a list of references, including about cybernetics and systems theory.
- We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy by John Buck and Sharon Villines, 2007. This book explains the concepts behind dynamic governance and why it produces such dramatic results, and is the chief reference in English. Available from our shop: or John Buck’s website: http://www.governancealive.com
- Sociocracyconsulting.com. The Sociocracy Consulting Group, an international group that provides consulting, facilitation, coaching, and training on dynamic governance, aka sociocracy. The site contains more links to information and organizations.
- Sociocracy.Info Sharon Villines’ website (co-author of We the People). A resource for sociocratic history, ideas, methods, and additional information.
- Beyond Democracy: documentary DVD on dynamic governance by filmmaker Ted Millich.
- Sociocracy Yahoo Group. An international e-mail list that includes conversations, news, events, and updates from the field of dynamic governance, a.k.a. sociocracy. To join, go to groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sociocracy/info.
A few youtube clips that cover the overview and provide some stories include: