Terminology: Why All the Names?

  • Dynamic Community Governance (DCG) is an attempt to translate the Dutch term “Sociocratie.’ It describes a specific governance process that encourages communities, organizations, and businesses, large and small, to use egalitarian communication, transparency, and effective decision making.
  • Sociocracy, another translation of “sociocratie,” means “rule by the socios,” people who have a social relationship; in Spanish, for example, socios means partners. Sociocracy/DCG is democracy specially designed for communities, organizations, and businesses.
  • Circle Forward is another synonym for sociocracy/DCG that focuses on working in egalitarian circles, getting feedback, and getting things done.

Other Names

Other names, and variations, are “biodynamic governance” used by Tena Meadows O’Rear and “living organization” used by Mitch Henrion and Glenda Mattinson. “Holacracy” is used by Brian Ternary for an “operating system” he developed based on the principles of sociocracy with the addition of the philosophy of Ken Wilbur. Humanocracy, a new term of art by Gary Hamel, co-author of Humanocracy: Creating Organizations As Amazing As The People Inside Them.

There are undoubtedly many other applications and organizations that are influenced by sociocratic/dynamic community governance principles.

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