Brilliant brief explanation, excellent short video, Consent decision-making in a nutshell! Thank you for this short succinct video.

Routed in sociocracy, developed as presented originally by Gerard Endenburg in 1980's, with further routes back to 1850's. In sociocracy you would add two factors to a proposal : a measure and a time-frame.

- A measure: to assess whether the decision is actually working (and if not how/what to modify after a fair trial).

- A time-frame: how long is the decision valid for after which we need to evaluate it (using the measure, plus alpha).

The time-frame is important as…


Adaptive Space: From online presentation by Prof Mary Uhl-Bien on Complexity Leadership in Oganisations

Meeting Complexity with Complexity

Never has there been so much complexity in our world. Running institutions is proving increasingly difficult due to the complexity they are operating under. Complexity appears to have a life of its own, making it more difficult for organisations to organise themselves sustainably.

Or is it? Is our world really becoming more complex? Or isn’t it just that the methods we are using were never designed for complexity? Isn’t it that leadership in complexity requires a different set of tools, a different mindset, different ways of working? …


Embracing the opportunities of VUCA in business

Meeting Complexity with Complexity

Never has there been so much complexity in our world. Running institutions is proving increasingly difficult due to the complexity they are operating under. Complexity appears to have a life of its own, making it more difficult for organisations to organise themselves sustainably.

Or is it? Is our world really becoming more complex? Or isn’t it just that the methods we are using were never designed for complexity? Isn’t it that leadership in complexity requires a different set of tools, a different mindset, different ways of working? …


Here is a transcript of a recorded conversation I had with Dawna Jones of Insight into Action held on 15 May 2019. Unfortunately due to a technical glitch the sound quality of the interview is so poor for the podcast series that the interview is only available as a transcription.

Dawna: There is a large group of people mostly in the consulting community, who have been working extremely hard to wake business up to the, basically, the critical and urgent matters that are facing the world today, because business tends to run on short term focus and so there is…


Debunking the myth that Lean and Agile are the same

(Reproduced from Linked In June 2018)

Why aren’t Lean and Agile talking to each other?

To the Agile community this question may seem strange. Many Agile practitioners regard ‘Lean’ and ‘Agile’ as almost synonymous. Yet if Agile people were to move away from their screens into the Gemba world of Levelling, Value Stream Mapping, PDCA Problem-solving, 5S and Andon, then it is hard to believe they would still be saying that Sprints, Scrum, Backlogs, Retro reviews and Done are the same thing. Nothing could appear more different.

Of course this depends on which definition of Lean you take. I use ‘Lean’ as first described by Womack, Jones & Roos…


What trained Open Space Technology Facilitators could do for Organisations

Connectivity of networks

Many companies suffer from a lack of cohesion and connectedness. Managers and staff alike generally lack a holistic view of their organisation in terms of its internal flow of energy and value creation. Most people in organisations do not have a full view of what goes on across the organisation, and the executives at the top may have an overview of the various departments, but generally have little understanding of what the issues are at the shop floor level.

This lack of a multi-disciplinary and holistic view of their own…


Finally our new newsletter, The Change Platform, is launched. It is all about reinventing change management and change itself, away from structured imposition towards organic invitation-based co-creation. The newsletter comprises articles, blogs, podcasts, reviews, videos, TED talks, and other presentations of interest about the shift to new ways of working, the future of work and next stage organisations. Please sign up to receive regularly. Open Space Technology is a cornerstone for introducing change in organisations by enabling conversations that matter.

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PRESENTATION GIVEN AT ONLINE INTERNATIONAL SOCIOCRACY CONFERENCE ON 1ST MAY 2018

Lean, Agile, Teal… how does sociocracy fit in?

I’d like to explore the relationship between sociocracy and various other methods currently being discussed in the context of the future of organisations and of work. How does Sociocracy fit in with Lean, Teal, Agile, and all the many other recent movements? Where does Sociocracy sit?

I’ve been involved with Sociocracy for almost 10 years now, but I first came across it because I was looking for a solution to a problem in Lean, the Toyota production and management system. I learned Lean manufacturing in the automotive plants in Japan; and later back in the West I was looking…


Nowadays discussions about hierarchy abound, especially in organisations, some arguing you need hierarchy to run an organisation, otherwise you have chaos, while others deploring the negative effects of hierarchy, such as stifling innovation, or treating humans as mechanical cogs. These debates have come to the fore with the advent of self-organising structures, self-managing organisations and more recently the hubbub around companies without bosses, networks without hierarchies, and so on.

There is no doubt that militaristic hierarchy can be toxic, especially when fostering independent creativity, innovation and autonomous problem-solving, (and I’m fully aligned with those who have a natural aversion to…


As a coach I have always steered away from ‘change management’, even though it is a huge industry and I would probably have done quite well in it. Intuitively change management has always struck me as unfair or oppressive, even when it was well-intentioned and perfectly rational. It has appeared to me one-sided, often with senior management wanting to enforce a new system or a new way of working, yet were themselves unwilling to change their own habits or behaviours. I even felt this sense of unease when I was a ‘senior manager’ myself! ‘Change management’ renders an air of…

François Knuchel

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