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Centre Français de Sociocratie These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers by Olivia LaVecchia This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned enterprise. The intersection of Central and Lowry Avenues in northeast Minneapolis is bustling. On the northwest corner is a trifecta of local businesses: A bike shop, a cooperative brewery, and a bakery, in buildings with eye-catching exteriors of rough-hewn wood and silvery porcelain bricks. The neighborhood grocery co-op is one block up the street. “Is there a way to create a cooperative that would be in the business of creating more cooperatives?” This commercial stretch didn’t always look like this. “A lot of people looked at it as too big to tackle,” explains Leslie Watson, who lives nearby. In 2011, a group of dedicated neighbors came together to change that. “A cooperative to create more cooperatives” Bottom lines

Sociocratie: La fin du management ? Le billet de ce jour fait suite à de nombreuses suggestions que j’ai reçues de me pencher sur la sociocratie, en particulier suite à mon billet précédent sur l’effet d’échelle. Les articles sur la sociocratie font souvent référence à la cybernétique et aux « systèmes complexes », ce qui a également aiguisé ma curiosité. Il m’a fallu plusieurs mois pour lire une partie de l’abondante littérature et tisser les liens avec d’autres ouvrages ou systèmes de management. Je suis arrivé à une conclusion, plutôt négative, que je vais vous livrer autour de trois convictions : La sociocratie combine un ensemble de valeurs, diagnostics et pratiques qui correspondent bien aux enjeux du 21e siècle, mais c’est une approche contraignante et qui est en conflit sur plusieurs points avec les valeurs du « lean » ou même de l’entreprise 2.0 que je défends par ailleurs.La sociocratie n’est pas une architecture organisationnelle scalable.

Sociocracy in Action Sociocratie How a Modern Root Cellar Could Help Small Farms Sell Food Year-Round At Food Farm in northern Minnesota, Janaki Fisher-Merritt is getting back to his roots. This second-generation farmer is putting a modern twist on an old-fashioned idea that could help scale up the local food economy in the region. He hopes to build a 3,700-square-foot root cellar that he says has the potential to keep fresh vegetables—not just root vegetable, but winter squash, cabbage, apples, and other cold storage food—available all winter long. “Not even pushing it, we should be able to store about 300,000 pounds [of produce],” Fisher-Merritt said. “It’s going to be really nice.” The project is not just about satisfying a craving for local carrots in February. To help pay for the ambitious plan, the popular farm is turning to the community. “This is an idea that is completely needed,” said Kathryn Draeger, director of the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships program. “It was a pretty simple design and it worked really well,” he said.

Generation Presence | Génération Présence est une association pour la promotion des technologies contemporaines de développement du leadership | Generation Presence Beyond Democracy Sociocracratic Resource Circle Twin Oaks' Sociocracy Homepage "Even though we call ourselves democratic, we still make and obey authoritarian decisions, we often allow ourselves to be led by religious faith and superstition and in many situations, even when far-reaching decisions are involved, we follow the dictates of our instincts, our intuition, our premonitions, feelings, fears." We seem to rely on reasonableness, diligence, honesty, and, above all, solidarity of our fellow humans, but people are also uncaring, idle, and unreliable egotists. More than guaranteeing the familiar tolerant attitude to minorities and individuals who deviate from the norm, we must systematically guarantee optimum tolerance for each individual and group when establishes rules for decision-making. And that guarantee comes from.... The previous three paragraphs are quoted and paraphrased from Gerard Endenburg's book Sociocracy: The organization of decision-making .

The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm As with many permaculture and sus-tainable living books, the wealth of beautiful glossy photographs in The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm elucidate an instant feeling of an idyllic rural, ecologically responsible life which anyone would feel compelled to be part of. A picture may paint a thousand words but Josh Trought’s many thousands of accompanying words very honestly and eloquently explain that living the dream takes a lot of hard work. In detailing the D Acres project from its inception back in 1997 through to its current embodiment, Josh leaves few aspects of its past and ongoing evolution unexplored. The bigger the plan, the sharper the reality check and the D Acres plan was big. As the subtitle of the book says, the D Acres goal is the creation of an ‘Eco-logically Designed Educational Center’ and the building of a resilient functioning community has been integral to their plans. When picking up a book it is a common tendency (I know I do it!) Further resources

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