"Scotland has become a centralised nation in which citizens do not seem to be deeply involved in the process of running government. There seems to be some assumption that if we leave government to the professionals that'll be the best thing for us. This isn't true. Government is a process of seeking consent from those governed and Scotland really needs to learn more about methods of involving people in decision-making and making sure that their voice is properly heard and their consent given."
If you are joining us from a company or a not-for-profit organisation, you will get practical strategies for creating a highly engaged workforce, where people feel safe and creative, where productivity is high and turnover low. DSG could thereby offer a huge enhancement of and contribution to what the Common Weal calls ‘industrial democracy’.
Or if you are in government and care passionately about the future of Scottish democracy, in DSG you can find strategies for creating governance that works -- from the city council to large bureaucracies to the highest elected offices, we believe that the ways of making decisions together and structuring organisations that have been tested in sociocratic organisations around the world offer a real alternative for Scotland.
What is Common Weal? Common Weal is an emerging movement which is developing a vision for economic and social development in Scotland which is distinct and different from the political orthodoxy that dominates politics and economics in London.
and hear Robin introduce it here in the Spiegel Tent during the Edinburgh Fringe
Common Weal - A light from the North
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Yes, as Robin in his most succinct way says here, 8.30 min in this clip:
"We need to listen to each other - we have things to learn together.."
and as Nate invites us to a real in depth DSG learning for a full day course on the 24thOctober in Glasgow:
DYNAMIC SELF-GOVERNANCE IN ACTION:
The full day incorporates elements of both ½ day sessions. We explore ways of guaranteeing equivalence in decision-making, transparency and inclusivity of multiple perspectives in policy-making and solutions, contrasting this with the adversarial approach of conventional democracy. In DSG people not only participate in electing representatives, but also in directly formulating and deciding on policies, strategies or principles of an organisation or local community and this is different from most other forms of democracy - to make this possible efficiently and effectively, however, does require some tools and practices which have to be learned. Participants will be exposed to these and will take home some simple practices they can immediately apply.