Sociocracy 3.0


Effective cross team synchronisation, collaborative innovation, whole system alignment

Learn how to apply the Sociocracy 3.0 framework to navigate complexity, deliver maximal value and introduce agility on organisational level.

Agile and Lean have delivered fantastic results for optimizing flow of value to customers, but sooner or later agile teams bump into limitations in the surrounding organisation.

Classic sociocracy and related frameworks like Holacracy have demonstrated the potential for improving organisational governance, enabling dynamic steering and generating cross-organisational collaboration.  But it’s becoming clear that each organization’s context is unique and that prescriptive, “one size fits all” solutions can often cause more harm than good.

Now these two worlds meet in a hybridised synthesis. Sociocracy 3.0 (S3) addresses the generic complexities arising when collaboration needs to scale across multiple teams and domains. It’s a free and open, principles based framework of patterns that support all aspects of collaboration. S3 meets organizations where they are and provides a variety of compatible options to choose from and adapt, according to unique context and needs.

In this course, you will learn how to integrate the value of S3’s core principles, patterns and practices into complex agile team environments to harvest collective intelligence across the entire system. You will discover ways to navigate complexity and maximise value delivery for all – participants, customers and the company.

S3 – A social technology for time

Classic sociocracy (also known as dynamic governance in the U.S.) offers an innovative approach to positively grow and continuously improve organisations. S3 builds on sociocratic practices, integrating influences from Holacracy, Agile, Lean and Non-Violent Communication.

S3 is an evolutionary, principles based framework of patterns that people wishing to collaborate and learn together effectively can practice, to improve flow of value and grow happy, successful organisations. Alongside a reliable and effective framework that effectively taps into the collective intelligence within teams, S3 facilitates co-creativity, fosters transparency and guarantees the equivalence of all participants in decision making. Short governance iterations with a tight feedback loop (Decide – Experiment – Review - Evolve) make self-organization and dynamic steering achievable both for teams and for the whole organisation. S3 acts as “social technology” for unlocking ownership, engagement and a sense of purpose while promoting respect, diversity and inclusion.

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Target audience

This course will bring great value to:

  • Agile coaches and consultants
  • Progressive leaders and managers
  • Organisational change agents, consultants and HR

Learning Objectives

After the course you will:

  • Know how applying S3’s patterns helps to free potential and support system wide continuous improvement.
  • Understand the principle of consent, appreciate its effectiveness as an alternative to consensus in decision making and learn skills in its application.
  • Discover new ways of facilitating to draw out the collective wisdom, insight and creativity of teams.
  • Discover how to apply and scale agile governance processes across multiple domains, build reflexivity and nurture positive organisational evolution.

The facilitators

James Priest, combines 20 plus years experience of project management with over a decade spent supporting intentional communities, businesses, NGO’s and individuals to thrive. He is a co-founder and developer of Sociocracy 3.0 ( and prior to this, taught sociocracy in various contexts over 15 years. He currently serves internationally providing holistic organizational development consultancy, mentoring and training.

Liliana David, serves internationally providing consultation, facilitation and mentoring to organizations that wish to develop greater effectiveness and equivalence in collaboration. She combines a background in communications and business administration with her growing experience as a co-developer and trainer of the Sociocracy 3.0. framework.