Sociocracy vests the power to rule in the “socios,” that is, in the people who regularly interact with one another and have a common aim.
Each member has a voice that cannot be ignored in the managing of the organization.
It is based on four key concepts that let everyone participate in decisions on an equivalent basis:
Consent — A policy decision can only be made if nobody has a reasoned and paramount objection to it.
Elections — Persons are elected exclusively by consent, after open discussion.
Circles — The organization consists of circles of semi-autonomous groups of individuals. Each circle has its own aim and performs the three functions of leading, doing, and measuring/feedback. A circle makes its own policy decisions and maintains its own memory system through integral evolution.
Double Link — The connection between two circles consists of a double link. This means that at least two persons from one circle participate in the decision-making in the next higher circle: the circle’s leader and one or more elected representatives.