A Sociocracy 3.0 (S3) community of practice, part of blueocean member initiative
On Consent-based governance
Here's a quote I'm sharing from the Sociocracy 3.0 (S3) Foundations course I'm currently enrolled in. This conversation has come up recently among the EDI Listening Circle team, as we explore the ways in which violence (the non-kinetic kind) is baked into how decisions get made.
"Shift supremacy from people to sound arguments:
When comparing the available paradigms for decision making, the essential difference lies in where ultimate authority for making a decision is placed. In autocratic systems supremacy lies with an individual or small group. In a system governed by majority vote, supremacy lies with the majority (or those who can convince the majority of their position). In a system aspiring toward consensus with unanimity, supremacy lies with whoever decides to block a proposal or existing agreement. In all three of these cases, a decision is made regardless of whether the motive of those actors is aligned with the interest of the system or not."
In S3, group decisions are made according the the S3 Principle of Consent, which says:
"Raise, seek out and resolve objections to decisions and actions, so that you can reduce the potential for undesirable consequences and discover worthwhile ways to improve."
The result of Consent-based governance:
"People—regardless of their position, rank, function or role—are unable to block decisions based solely on opinion, personal preference or rank."
Do we want to decolonize politics?
If so, then it is time to leave colonial decision making processes in the dust, in favour of one that is deeply inclusive and equitable.
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