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Ted Rau

Sociocracy For All

Operational Leader (Executive Director)

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Once we make it to mainstream - what's next?

Bio

Ted is an advocate, trainer and consultant for self-governance. His main focus is sociocracy. After his PhD in linguistics and work in Academia, he co-founded Sociocracy For All and spends his days consulting, teaching and leading the member organization as Executive Director. Ted identifies as a transgender man; he has 5 children between 9 and 19. A German citizen he, has lived in Massachusetts since 2010. He is co-author of two books on self-governance, Many Voices One Song (2018) and Who Decides Who Decides (2021).

Session outline

Let's imagine what the future of consent-based, role/circle-based self-organization might bring when it's more common. Let's imagine that in 5 years, everyone will have been part of a distributed team somewhere - at work or as a volunteer. All of a sudden, we will have multi-"lingual" people seamlessly switching systems and bringing their experiences and good practices from one place to another. We will see more proficiency or mastery even. HR departments and future employers won't blink anymore, and LinkedIn profiles won't assume anymore that everyone has a supervisor. Then what? What will be the open questions, new struggles or developments we can anticipate now?

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