it seems patently (pun!) obvious that renaming allows folks to stake their claim in some intellectual property (irony! sort of!) as they fork their pet (weird joke!) version of the basic idea.

personally, I prefer referring to real-life models i.e. worker cooperatives as simply "democratic work" (as per and takes me back to my previous post (stay tuned a minutes!)

On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM, Jeremy Entwistle <> wrote:
Socialism or communism describes this economic philosophy--even if it's often misinterpreted. Workers cooperatives are typically described as socialist, although, I think of socialism as a the progression rather than a state of workers cooperatives. On the other hand, the equal representation concept/structure of communism, even if it is thought of as something else, is nothing but abolishing private property. In this instance, a workers cooperative does abolish private property, if you fully understand the meaning of it... in that private property doesn't require use or labor.

I certainly agree with these concepts, but I don't see the purpose of renaming them. Mainly because there's a lot of literature on it. As a society, we've been taught to fear these concepts to avoid learning about them. We should encourage people to know these "definitions"... rather than make new ones.

On 2013-11-01 18:57, Anthony Di Franco wrote:
Along those lines, I suspect the holocracy term is meant at the level
of guiding political / economic philosophy from which one then works
to construct specific legal structures to implement the idea in
specific contexts with various other names.
On Nov 1, 2013 11:51 AM, "Danny Spitzberg" <>

my friends/sources at [1] say that, yes, a worker

cooperative by any other name (t-corp, wsde, zimzam, hoosegow) would
smell as sweet

On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 5:43 PM, Jeremy Entwistle
<> wrote:
Maybe I don't understand the entire concept of a "holacracy", but
it sounds very similar to a workers cooperative. Or how Richard
Wolff tried to rename it too as WSDEs with the Democracy at Work
project. But it really sounds like workers cooperative to me.


On 2013-10-31 12:39, Eddan Katz wrote:

Those who have expressed interest in a co-operative model of
organizational development would be interested in Holacracy, which
Janelle Orsi of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, promotes in
lectures. From today's blog post about a new Holacracy 'app':

In a typical top-down management structure, the power to hire and
fire employees is generally in the hands of managers. With
at play, the game is entirely different: with the decentralization
of authority [1], the separation of people and role [2], and the
dynamic evolution of those roles [3], we end up with a situation

that looks more like free agents going about their work with no
central planning. There might not even be a single person who knows
about everything you do. This then begs the question: who can
how and when to hire or fire?

Holacracy doesn’t answer that question; it simply gives you a
framework and processes for your company to figure it out. In other
words, if Holacracy is an “operating system” for organizations,
the “hire-and-fire” function is an “app” that needs to be
added separately.

The Holacracy newsletter forwarded below also includes a link to
Dec. 3 workshop ($125) they'll be hosting in San Francisco.

Happy Halloween Friend!

If you follow us on social [4] channels [5], you might already know
that HolacracyOne just released a new "Partnership App" [6], and

it's freely available.

What do we mean by "app"? It extends the metaphor of Holacracy as
“operating system” for organizations. I like this comparison
because it accurately reflects what Holacracy is, as well as what
isn't. On a computer, the operating system provides a basic
framework for “apps” to function harmoniously in the same
environment. Similarly, Holacracy provides a basic framework for
_how _to decide, but it doesn't tell you _what_ you should decide

for your business. In other words, it doesn’t answer typical
business questions such as “what’s our employee compensation
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There are many different ways of answering these questions and
Holacracy doesn’t choose one for you — that's the domain of
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partnership functions work, and although it is still experimental,
it's fleshed out enough to share it with you. Check it out in our
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