Tuesday, 30 August 2011

we the people

I am excited. It is about something new that I am learning. For some time I have been searching for a way that allows every voice within a community to be heard. I think I have found it! I am just at the beginning of the discovery, but I have a gut feeling that this is going to be significant.

The Sumner Community Group which has been doing great things in their community since the earthquakes, sent out an open invitation to meet John Buck.  They sent the podcast link with Kim Hill interviewing John Buck on National Radio.

I wanted to be there.
Jacinda (one of the other Lyttel town bloggers) and I went.
The meeting was just for one hour – in that time Manfred Friedrich whose firm was sponsoring John Buck trip here introduced the concept and John ran an exercise with us using the methodology. I was hooked.

I’ve had this experience before in my life where you hear something, don’t fully understand it, but you know you have to follow through and learn more. So as I write this blog entry I am aware that I am quite na├»ve on the subject of Dynamic Governance or Sociocracy, but I am hungry to learn more.
Cover image for We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy

As I read ‘We the People; consenting to a deeper democracy’ I can see why a lot of what we do in Project Lyttelton works so well – we are already engaged in a form of sociocracy. We could develop this far more.  Often we haven’t exactly known why what we are doing works, this sociocracy explains why and also shows us how it is possible for us as an organisation to become even more successful by tapping into the knowledge, creativity and engagement of all involved.

written by Margaret Jefferies, chair of Project Lyttelton


  1. I am excited for you Margaret. Sounds perfect for your community and I wish you all the luck in the world.
    Warmest heart hugs from a Aussie who loves Christchurch and especially Lyttelton!
    Peggy xxxxx

  2. Thank you Peggy.
    It feels as though we are about to ride a big wave with this.
    warm regards