the integral center – boulder

the integral center

links to announcement of becoming a Holacracy:

Boulder, Colorado April 2nd, 2013—In a legally binding move, founders of The Integral Center, LLC have voluntarily relinquished their rights to control their company as owners. Instead, they have ceded authority to a purpose-centered governance process called Holacracy, a model that distributes authority across the organization and gives primary power to the organization itself.

The Integral Center—a development and training organization committed to fostering thriving communities around the globe—is the first organization in history to adopt Holacracy on a legally binding basis, outside of HolacracyOne, the organization that developed the model.  Dozens of organizations around the world use Holacracy without the legally binding status.

Read more from the Holacracy site:

holacracy site

Exquisite Organization

Holacracy is a comprehensive practice for structuring, governing, and running an organization. It replaces today’s top-down predict-and-control paradigm with a new way of distributing power and achieving control. It is a new “operating system” which instills rapid evolution in the core processes of an organization.

Shifting Power

Holacracy places the seat of organizational power in an explicit process, one which organizes around an explicit purpose. This allows emergent behavior of the whole system, without being controlled by either a single heroic leader or even the collective group.

Inside HolacracyOne

HolacracyOne is a legally Holacracy-powered organization, with no employees (only partners), no managers (just distributed authority), and no owners controlling it (just investors along for the ride). All power vests in the Holacracy Constitution, and all partners take part in the organization’s governance.

Obsoleting Politics

With Holacracy at play, if an expectation isn’t explicitly defined via a governance process, no one has a right to expect it. This removes the need for organizational politics and centralized power to work around lack of clarity. The substitute is a clear process to identify what expectations are needed to express the organization’s purpose.

Purpose-Driven Organization

The Holacracy governance process is not governance “of the people, by the people, and for the people” – it is governance of the organization, through the people, for the purpose.  It liberates an organization to find and express its deepest creative capacity – and us to find a healthy relationship with it that honors our own.

Inside HolacracyOne

HolacracyOne is a legally Holacracy-powered organization, with no employees (only partners), no managers (just distributed authority), and no owners controlling it (just investors along for the ride). All power vests in the Holacracy Constitution, and all partners take part in the organization’s governance.