The Promise and the Challenge: How Does Sociocracy Contribute to Diversity and Inclusion?

June 24, 2021 - online


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Sociocracy, with key values of equivalence and transparency, holds promise for improving diversity and inclusion in organizations, while democratizing their governance. We will give some ideas of what specific sociocratic practices can contribute to this, and what the challenges might be. We will invite you to share the successes and challenges you and your organization experience in this arena, so that we can all get ideas and even inspiration from each other.

Presented by Sheella Mierson and Ocie Irons.

Member Consultant Sheella MiersonSheella Mierson, Ph.D., a founding member of The Sociocracy Consulting Group, helps organizations and individuals design structures, processes, and relationships for creative collaboration, so that everyone can flourish. In addition to being a Sociocracy Consultant, she is a Certified Facilitator for the Blueprint of We Collaboration Process, used to build trust, creativity, effortlessness, and resilience in relationships. Sheella lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, and has a long term interest in diversity and inclusion in the workplace and organizations.

Ocie Irons headshotOcie Irons, principal of Ironbridge Development, LLC, focuses on community economic development projects in marginalized neighborhoods. He has provided training, coaching and advisory services to small business owners and entrepreneurs for over a decade. Building hyper-local centers supporting businesses interested in cooperative economic practices is his specific focus. Ocie has worked with co-op development organizations and nonprofits that provide technical assistance and other support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Ocie has an MBA and a Master of Science degree in community economic development, and lives in Detroit, Michigan. He was introduced to sociocracy by Sheella Mierson while working for co-op developer Center for Community-Based Enterprise (C2BE) in Detroit. He led a sociocratic team at C2BE that she coached.

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