Transition emerges when we seek it

This article was published on The Transition Towns‘ Network site. On personal resilience, Conscious Business, Sociocracy, Social Enterprise… Martin

Transition had a deeply transformative effect on my life. It has shaped and focussed my professional path since. It brought me into contact with the inspiration, community and tools that I was aching for. Since my local network became fractured and life has swept me onward, I have become immersed in exploring solutions to some of the questions that Transition posed for me. My special interest, among others, was the development of Transition enterprises and livelihoods. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Transition emerges when we seek it

Navigating the cross winds

Or The gulf between what we want and where we are

‘A plane is on the wrong course 90% of the time’

I was reminded of this nugget of wisdom today, while assessing where I’m at, where I’m going, where I said I wanted to go, and the habits that help or hinder my progress.
Navigating the cross winds
Of course aeroplanes normally arrive at their destination, which I find comforting. They do so because pilots regularly check against where they said they wanted to go, and adjust accordingly.

I know this probably sounds obvious, but I think we often neglect to check our course, and steer. I know that although I know it, I need reminding regularly. That’s ok, we are human and mortal. But that’s why it’s important to embed compass setting and evaluation into what we do Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Navigating the cross winds

Co-operative Principles and Sociocracy

I am passionate about economic democracy — not so much in the sense of majority rule voting, but in the sense of the people involved in something controlling it together.  Some people have argued that, for this purpose, organising as a sociocratic business is better than organising as a co-operative business.  Sociocratic businesses allow their members to participate in decision-making regardless of the size of their contribution to the business’s capital; sociocratic businesses do not get torn apart by the Scylla of majority-rule politics or sucked down by the Charybdis of interminable and impotent meetings.  However, many co-ops do not suffer from these problems either — and a co-op can remain a co-op while becoming a sociocratic business.  The opposition between co-op and Sociocracy is a false one.  Let me show you why. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Co-operative Principles and Sociocracy

The Good Chef

“The good chef (chief) walks around her kitchen, with a clean apron and a pocket full of spoons”.

I love this quote, that Louis shared with me the other day. Apparently it came from a local chef he knows, but for me it says a lot about Facilitative Leadership and Collaborative Governance. It talks to me of support, measurement and trust. And it sounds fun and delicious!


Posted: October 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Good Chef

What is “sociocracy”?

Sociocracy is…

1) the way we run our company, and how we help other people to run theirs.

2) a proven way of designing, governing, managing & operating organizations, with several decades of well-studied usage in various organizations.

3) a cybernetically sound, fractal structure that ensures that every member of the organization has a powerful voice in decisions that affect them while also retaining the effectiveness of a top-down management hierarchy.

4) an effective way to combine and implement a whole list of practices that often are implemented partially, poorly, and one-by-one: open book management, self-managing teams, organizational learning disciplines, quality circles, consensus decision-making, organizational democracy, profit-sharing, employee ownership…

5) defined by four principles: the Principle of Consent, the Principle of Circles, the Principle of Double-Linking, and the Principle of Consensual Elections.

6) the 21st Century future for co-operative business, triple-bottom line business, and social enterprise.

We’ll be saying more on this blog, and you can also find more at

Posted: March 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | Comments Off on What is “sociocracy”?