Sociocracy for Co-ops – help is at hand!

There’ve been some changes at Co-operantics. Nathan has moved on to greater things and can now be found at our sister co-op: Culture Co-op . We hope to be able to continue our productive and supportive relationship.  Contact

And I’m delighted to welcome Abbie Kempson as a Co-operantics Associate. Abbie is a member of Unicorn Co-operative Grocery where she has been a member for the past 8 years.

Abbie has 20 years’ experience in community organising and worker co-operation. Passionate about co-operative working and building social justice into the heart of our organisations, she has a long-held interest in participatory processes for collective decision making and action, and many years’ experience of delivering training in meeting facilitation and consent and consensus decision making.

Abbie is a Certified Sociocracy Trainer and has led on implementing sociocratic governance at Unicorn Grocery worker co-op. She is a founder member of People Support worker co-op, which provides a broad range of advice and support services to co-ops and is also run sociocratically.

Abbie is currently Leader of Sociocracy for All’s Co-op Circle. She was drawn to sociocracy by its practical approach to supporting democratic self-governance and its synergy with the core values of co-operation – from the self-help and self-responsibility of organising collectively to actively contribute to solving problems and improving our lives (whether in work, co-housing, activism, community organising), to supporting equality (one member one voice), equity (fairness through meeting the needs of all who engage) and solidarity.

Abbie is keen to share her skills and experience in implementing sociocracy in a large worker co-op with other co-ops. Please get in touch if you would like to book training or mentoring. Or watch this space for details of our next training course.


The theory and practice of sociocracy in cooperatives

Join us on February 19, 2021 (15:00-19:15 UTC) for an online conference on sociocracy in cooperatives.


  • How does sociocracy align with co-op values and principles?
  • Implementing sociocracy in co-ops
  • How to create sociocratic co-ops from scratch or implement sociocracy in an existing co-op, including case studies
  • The Nuts & Bolts of sociocracy in co-ops, practical tips, case studies, and sharing good practice
  • How sociocracy is evolving in the co-operative context and how sociocracy is relevant to new and exciting developments in the wider co-operative and social justice world

Abbie Kempson of Unicorn Co-operative Grocers and Kate Whittle of Cooperantics will be running a 90 minute interactive workshop Co-operative Sociocracy – making it work for your co-op”

Participants will explore:

  • why sociocracy is interesting for co-ops
  • practical steps for implementation – troubleshooting and pitfalls to avoid
  • adaptations for co-ops, including retaining a flat structure
  • Sociocracy as a tool within a strong co-operative culture