About Us

Why we do what we do

People are looking for ways to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities they face in collaboration, at work and in their daily lives.

Sociocracy 3.0 is a social technology that people can use to help them radically improve their interactions and the value they can create through their work. When understood and applied as intended, the S3 principles and practices  support an iterative approach to organizational development with beneficial outcomes for individuals, teams and the organization as a whole.

We feel motivated to spread the word about Sociocracy 3.0 and raise public awareness of the value that applying S3 principles and patterns can bring. We want to support people to learn how to get the best out of Sociocracy 3.0 and to use it as an enabler in their efforts to navigate life’s complexity, create value, and help current and future generations to thrive.
To eliminate the barrier of entry for people and organizations, Sociocracy 3.0 developers make all resources freely available under a Creative Commons Sharealike 4.0 Licence. This open model of distribution encourages others to share further resources under the same licence, to facilitate the growth of a vibrant ecosystem for learning. However, as with any open social technology , challenges arise, such as  the question of how to ensure a degree of accuracy and quality standard is maintained in the transmission and implementation of S3, as it’s application continues to spread around the world. It’s our intention to ensure we preserve the quality and integrity of Sociocracy 3.0 through our work in the years to come.

LEARN S3 STANDS FOR

01

Excellence

Do your best and strive to deliver the highest quality

02

Integrity

Walk your talk and be the change you want to see

03

Service

Care for yourself and serve the greater whole

04

Synergy

Meet people where they are and seek the both-and-more

What we do

Based on the needs we identified, and our skills and passion, we prioritized the following deliverables:
  • Gather and create validated learning resources about Sociocracy 3.0
  • Develop and deliver quality learning interventions worldwide
  • Support the successful application of S3 by providing ancillary services through our key partners
  • Create opportunities for enthusiasts and practitioners of Sociocracy 3.0 to exchange and learn

Who we are

We are a steward-owned organization

What does this mean? We are committed to two principles:

    Self-Governance

  • The decision makers are stewards who are directly connected to the operations and serve the purpose of our organization, rather than personal gain alone.
  • Profit serves purpose

  • Profits generated are used to finance further development of products and services. Investors and other stakeholders are fairly compensated with capped returns.
To learn more about steward-owned organization, follow this link.

Meet the team

Dedicated and experienced change-makers working together
to multiply the Sociocracy 3.0 effect around the globe!

Florian Rustler

Creaffective.de
Founder of Creaffectivede - a self-organized consulting and training company - in Munich, Germany. Author of four books on creativity, innovation and agile organizations. He is working with customers in German, English and Mandarin Chinese to co-create future-fit companies, frequently applying Sociocracy 3.0 mindset and practices.
Florian Rustler

Dieter Dehaes

ilean
Co-founder of ilean, Learn S3 teacher and a consultant. As a former project, program and interim manager his experience and expertise include Agile, NLP, personal coaching and NVC. Dieter is passionate about accompanying teams, organizations and their leaders on their journey towards a culture based on self-governance and self-organization.
Dieter Dehaes

Mira Bangel

SenseTribe
Co-founder of SenseTribe with 13 years of experience in Pan-European business. Mira is an experienced facilitator and team coach, passionate about fostering participation, authenticity and collaboration for a meaningful purpose. She hosts participatory processes, and organizational development using S3, Art of Hosting, Design Thinking, SCRUM & NVC.
Mira Bangel

Josje van de Kerkhof

Rebelwise
Co-founder of Rebelwise, Learn S3 teacher, facilitator, and organizational consultant. She combines a background in psychology, with a growing experience in organizational development and a curious and analytical mind, to bring light and clarity to challenges and opportunities people face in their collaboration.
Josje van de Kerkhof

Jef Cumps

ilean
Author of "Sociocracy 3.0 - The novel", co-founder of ilean, senior Learn S3 teacher, and coach supporting all kinds of organizations in their transition towards more agility. He has been working with many teams, managers and leaders to help them facilitate (organizational) change, embrace self-organization and effectively getting things done.
Jef Cumps

James Priest

Sociocracy 3.0, Thrive-in Collaboration
Co-founder and developer of Sociocracy 3.0, James spends his time helping people to get the best out of S3. Besides the development and delivery of learning journeys as a Learn S3 senior teacher, he works with organizations to improve productivity and engagement, increase business agility and grow resilient learning organizations that thrive.
James Priest

Hugo Lopes

Conkistadores
Former founder and COO of a software company and a passionate Agile Coach, Facilitator, Scrum Master, and Project Manager. Hugo is a collaboration catalyst, currently working at Conkistadores, helping individuals collaborate and thrive. He's an experienced trainer and facilitator of Sociocracy3.0, Liberating Structures and Art of Hosting.
Hugo Lopes

Adrian Perreau de Pinninck

Voxel Group
Certified Scrum Trainer, speaker, Ph.D. graduate in AI, lecturer at Ramon Llull University and ESADE, and Chief Information Officer at Voxel Group. He has been working as a consultant since 2012, accompanying organizations from various sectors towards more agility. Currently, he's developing as a LearnS3 teacher.
Adrian Perreau de Pinninck

Erik Soonieus

Rebelwise
Co-founder of Rebelwise, Learn S3 teacher, facilitator, and consultant. He's a game-changer that loves to find new solutions for traditional problems, both socially and technically. He focuses on the social interactions within organizations that are using self-organization and/or distribution of decision-making power.
Erik Soonieus

Lili David

Sociocracy 3.0, Thrive-in Collaboration
Co-developer Sociocracy 3.0 and Learn S3 senior teacher, combining a background in communications, business administration and events management with a growing experience as a trainer and mentor. Her warmth, clarity, and practicality are complemented by her ability to create spaces where people collaborate effectively towards a shared purpose.
Lili David

How we do it

Using Sociocracy 3.0

We walk our talk by applying the principles and practices of Sociocracy 3.0 to organize and run our organization. We have clearly defined domains, governance and operations backlogs and chosen values. We evaluate and evolve our agreements and navigate via tension.

Evolving a new Business Model

How to bring together multiple stakeholders to collaborate at a global scale? Challenge accepted! We're developing our own tailor-made approach:
  • We give forward 5% of profit towards Sociocracy 3.0, as a voluntary act of support
  • We contribute 5% of profit from courses towards Learn S3 to cover basic administrative costs
  • We collaborate with partners from different countries who organize and promote our courses
  • We seek ways to fund sustainable development of resources and learning journeys

Delivering Quality


We believe certification programs can fail to guarantee quality and integrity
of learning and service delivery. However, assessment and validation of learning and competence is key for supporting practitioners in their ongoing development, and for providing assurance to others of competence and skills. We’re developing a comprehensive program comprised of a variety of modular learning journeys that people can choose from and tailor to suit their needs.

As teachers, we are on a continuous journey of personal and professional development.
We’ve set ourselves high standards and  we support each other to reach them by sharing learning, giving and receiving feedback, and endeavoring to be the change we want to see.
Primary Partners
Affiliate Partners