Books About Dynamic Community Governance
We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy by John Buck and Sharon Villines. (2nd edition, 2017). A readable walk-through of dynamic community governance concepts (aka sociocracy). Also available in Spanish, Portuguese, and soon Korean and Turkish.
Company-Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy: Survive and Thrive on Disruption by Jutta Eckstein and John Buck. (2018). (Paperback, Kindle, Audio). A new synergistic approach to running organizations that says, "Don't just try to cope with our volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous (VUCA) world. Seek out VUCA and thrive!" Also available in German, traditional Chinese, and soon Korean.
Old Greenbelt Theatre Volunteer Project
With funding support from the Greenbelt Community Foundation, over the past year CDCG conducted a project to develop the volunteer program at the Old Greenbelt Theatre (OGT). Click here to see the full report
Recent CDCG Appearances
Greenbelt Fall Fest
As a City of Greenbelt recognition group, we had the pleasure to visit with our neighbors and meet new friends.
Octopuses have a lot to teach us about Dynamic Community Governance! Click here for the TEDx talk at the University of Maryland by John Buck, Co-director of the Center for Dynamic Community Governance.
Full Day Online Conference About Dynamic Community Governance (aka sociocracy)
See the 25-minute presentation by John Buck about the importance of learning through experimentation. We're proud that Greenbelt is a hub of many kinds of experimentation.
Could Greenbelt do the BOSSA nova?
Jutta Eckstein and John Buck (co-director of the Center for Dynamic Community Governance) just published a new book: Company-Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy. (Sociocracy is another name for Dynamic Community Governance.) Print or digital available from Amazon. http://amzn.to/2FOBi2u. The acronym for the combination of Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, Sociocracy, and Agile is BOSSA. The combination yields a new way of running cities, companies, and organizations - hence the nova in BOSSA nova. The book references a dance metaphor throughout.
The book raises intriguing questions. What if Greenbelt's City Budget was set not on a yearly basis but according to the principles of Beyond Budgeting? What if a festival such as Greenman also included a city-wide Open Space event where all citizens could participate in setting the city's policy directions? What if the city's many citizens organizations operated using Agile principles?
Also to note: the updated edition of John Buck & Sharon Villines's book We the People Consenting to a Deeper Democracy was published a few months ago. http://amzn.to/2FF0zJj.
CDCG Works with Greenbriar to Promote Greenbelt One. Click here to see the article published in the Greenbelt News Review about an exciting CDCG-sponsored event in at Greenbriar featuring speakers from CARES/GAIL, GEMZ, Friends of Old Greenbelt Theatre, CHEARS, and the Greenbriar Residents Outreach Group.
Comments at the United Nations
John, our co-founder and co-director, had the opportunity to address the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration on behalf of Neighbourhood Community Network (NCN) and speak about the need to move away from strategic thinking to complexity thinking:
Bringing CARES and GAIL services to Greenbriar: Overcoming Obstacles
With support from the Greenbelt City Council, over the past year CDCG conducted a project to bring CARES and GAIL services to Greenbriar. Here is an article about this year-long project that recently appeared in the Greenbelt News Review.
In the course of the project the Outreach Group at Greenbriar, a consortium of residents emerged has made a number of commendable improvements for the Greenbriar and whole Greenbelt community. Click here to read more about these ongoing exciting developments.
Live online interview with Gerard Endenburg, founder of Sociocracy (a.k.a. Dynamic Community Governance)
Here's an informative 4-minute clip showing the workings of the Dynamic Community Governance process.
Creative Forces of Self-Organization (free)
by John Buck and Gerard Endenburg
Dynamic Governance for Nonprofit Organizations (free)
by John Buck and Jerry Koch-Gonzalez
We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy
by John Buck and Sharon Villines
Living Well, an eldercare program with three facilities in Vermont offers holistic services - many innovative ideas, including Dynamic Community Governance (aka sociocracy)
Presentation at the Agile2016 software conference in Atlanta, Georgia by Jutta Eckstein and John Buck.
Sociocracy: A Permaculture Approach to Community (free)
by Melanie Rios
Lost Valley Community, an ecovillage in Oregon, converted to dynamic community governance, which they viewed as a form of social permaculture. It has helped the 21-year-old community thrive both socially and economically.
Beyond Democracy (free)
by Ted Millich
This learning aid gives step-by-step pointers for dynamic community governance facilitators and participants. Use it for meetings, elections, and project coordination. Take a copy to your next meeting for easy reference!
In this book, Prof. Romme decries the lack of professionalism in leadership. He points out that professions, from doctors and lawyers to bus drivers, require some sort of certification, while help desk operators and executive managers don't. He argues that dynamic community governance is a basis for leadership certification.