Dynamic Governance Comes to Rosetta's Kitchen: Part I

Dynamic Governance Comes to Rosetta's Kitchen: Part I

Dynamic Governance comes to Rosetta’s Kitchen
Part 1: What is Dynamic Governance?

Please forgive us, but this is a dry blog post, perhaps because it is a dry subject. None-the-less we are excited about using this process in our enterprise, as it has truly helped us get organized! We also think it is worth getting into as it may be helpful to you or your organization as well. So dig your heels in and take a breath because this is an educational blog-post.

Dynamic Governance, also known as Sociocracy, is a relatively new and all inclusive model that has recently started making waves in the Asheville area. This system can be used in a myriad of ways including, community living, schools, government bodies, and like in our case, businesses.

The inspiration for this system was inspired by a man named Kees Boeke. He used his experiences as a Quaker, to develop an all inclusive educational model in The Netherlands. He believed that everyone had a voice, that all parts of the school’s “community” should have representation, and that everyone should find a common agreement in the policies created at his school.

One of Boeke’s students was named Gerard Endenburg, who, in his adult life, took over the family business Endenburg Electrotechniek. Although this happened many years after his formative education, the inspiration he obtained from his teacher led him to further develop what he had learned under Boeke, into a business model that would save the struggling family business. When he did this, the business made a quick turn around and continued to grow. This was made possible with what we now call Dynamic Governance, a method that has only come to prove that the whole group is smarter than the sum of its parts.

The Basics of Dynamic Governance, although possibly over simplified, break down into four governing principals listed below. Included in brackets, is a little clarification.

1) Consent governs decision-making. Consent means there are no argued or paramount objections to a proposed policy decision. (Consent must be given by all in the Circle. If one absolutely disagrees, and that disagreement is in alignment with the aim of a circle or organization it is considered a paramount objection. )
2) A Circle is a semi-autonomous and self-organizing unit that has its own aim. It makes policy decisions within its own domain; delegates leading, doing and measuring functions with-in itself, maintains its own memory system, and plans its own development. (People in a department or committee might be one circle. They are responsible for self maintenance in all ways listed. They still connect with other aspects of the organization, as mentioned below)
3) The connection between two circles in an organization is a double-link formed by the Operational Leader and the Circle Representative who participate fully in the decision making process in the next higher circle. (The Operational Leader carries information down from the top of the Circle structure, while the Elected Representative carries information from their Circle up into other governing Circles)
4) Circles elect people to functions and tasks by consent after open discussion. (Elections are based on the consent mentioned in #1, and offer honest representation of the Circles wishes)

It seems like a lot, but that is just the tip of the iceberg! There is also the development of the Aim Mission and Vision (which are used as a guiding measure in company decisions); Creating a transparent structure (allowing all coworkers access to pertinent company information); and the Leading-Doing-Measuring system. But if you are interested in learning more there is a great book called “We the People: Consenting to a Greater Democracy” by Buck and Villnes. One of those Authors, John Buck, is largely credited with bringing this model to The States, and helping to disseminate its ideas. If the book doesn't quench your thirst for knowledge on this topic, be sure to Check out The Dynamic Governance Institute, a subsidiary of the Sims and Steele Group, based right here in Asheville.
Well we hope that this was informative, and stay tuned for our next blog about the growth of this process here at Rosetta’s Kitchen! Until then, feed the family right!