what the participative dynamics ?
In associations, communities and corporations, new ways of working together are emerging.
Increasingly, leaders are seeking to develop participatory leadership within their organisations with a view to developing a more active contribution and greater accountability among their executives and other employees. Participatory leadership takes its strength from collective intelligence.
The synergy stemming from collaboration results in the emergence of abilities to represent, create and learn which outstrip those of isolated individuals.
Compassion, consciousness, responsibility (both individual and collective) as well as solid ethical principles play an active role in integrating this aspect of any social intelligence process.
What we mean by participatory leadership is a process supported by a set of tools and a methodology which is rigourous, creative and innovative.
Participatory leadership occurs ahead of dynamic governance or sociocracy.
Once participatory leadership has been digested by a complete organisation or structure, the entity can then make a step forward by making of it a principle of governance. It is thus that participatory dynamics is able in the long run to take root in an organisation’s truly “dynamic governance”.
Historically, the founding principles of participatory dynamics and dynamic governance grew under the generic term of “sociocracy”. This term was coined in the 19th century by the French positivist Auguste Comte.
Nowadays the term refers to a decision-making and governance process enabling an organisation to behave like a living organism.
In the ’70s, sociocracy developed through the work of a Dutch engineer, Gerard Endenburg, the CEO of a family and electrotechnical company, in Rotterdam and honorary professor at the University of Maastricht. With a concept anchored in the observation of systems, sociocracy became a novel way to support project implementation in the smallest or the largest organisation.
Participatory dynamics rests on three basic rules:
- the circle and circular processes
- decision-making by consent
- elections without candidates
Note: As for dynamic governance, it requires the application of a fourth rule known as the “double-linked hierarchies”, the purpose of which is to connect all the circles of a structure.