One of the biggest challenges to human beings living sustainably on the planet is not so much about the technology or lack of resources- its more about how we can work together and organise ourselves to respond to the collective challenges we face. So many of the challenges of today require us to work things out together to find a shared response- in groups, teams, organisations, communities, nations…. And that’s fine working in groups, teams or organisations- except that they are full of people!
So many social change groups and organisations who try and do things like create a more sustainable, resilient and equitable local economic system come up against the challenges of working together. But this is very often paid little attention, as people are so keen to just get on with it. Just as there are physical technologies which can help us do things quicker or more effectively, there are also social technologies which can help us do the same- in the area of how we work together.
It was Winston Churchill who said ‘”Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others”. Well new ones are being created, and one such new one is Holacracy! Its a form of governance and way of working together that successfully integrates the wisdom of multiple perspectives while still allowing for individual autonomy so that decisions can be made quickly, effectively and organisations can be agile. Its one that avoids the damaging situations where 51% of people get to outvote 49%.
The first ever Holacracy Introductory Workshop is happening this Friday 21st June in London. There’s also a full tour of UK Holacracy workshops, which you can attend by booking your place here http://agileorganisation.eventbrite.co.uk . And follow us on twitter at AgileOrg, http://agileorganisation.org.uk, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AgileOrganisation?fref=ts . Or contact Nick Osborne directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, the Transition Network website has training courses and a wealth of resources about how to work more collaboratively and effectively together at https://www.transitionnetwork.org/training/courses/effective-groups
Here’s a great introduction to the effective group resources;
Also check out this video on creating culture in hierarchies, collaborative groups and agile organisations;