In contrast to a hierarchy, where a select few make decisions for everyone, a sociocracy is a form of dynamic governance.
The word literally means (socio) those who work together (Greek word crat) decide together.
The idea is that collective consent, rather than majority voting, is achieved through discussions among groups with a shared objective or work process.
In order for discussions to flourish a high level of psychologically safety – which is one of the most important elements of a healthy team – must be present.
This way of work originated in the Netherlands, which makes me smile thinking of the friendly Dutch influence that played a role in the creation of this collaborative structure, and has spread internationally.
I do wonder if sociocracy provides room for a “disagree and commit”* situation.
Or if complete agreement is the ultimate objective.
*A term coined by Jeff Bezos where you can have contrasting opinions but still establish buy-in.