This book is about a method of working together with other people to accomplish something. Our current governance models are based on domination and competition. They don't work very well and people don't feel good in them. Never fear! A better way has been developed!
An engineer, Gerard Endenburg, examined the power structure at his electronics firm from a technical point of view and thought it was a pretty bad system. He not only wanted to create a system that functioned better, but one that treated all it's participants like humans and not robots - based in cooperation, like living organisms are.
Endenburg had bought and rescued the failing company. Ten years later, in 1968, using technical theory and trial-and-error he started developing his system. He refined it for years and then started a center that shows others how to use it. Forty years later there are over 200 businesses and groups experienced with it. It has proven to be very successful and resilient.
I call this model DG, Dynamic Governance like the other reviewer. It rewires power and, in that way is a threat to the powers that be. It disperses concentrated power. It's a peaceful revolution, though. Slow change, from the inside. It would be great if it was faster though (Get the book, and tell other people about it!)
As for it's decision-making method, called "consent", I realized that to make a decision any other way would be giving up power. Having this power requires responsibility. I've interviewed a lot of people who work in DG enterprises. For many of them it takes about a year of using the method to really understand what it's about and become more proactive and involved in the enterprise. Getting involved feels good because the enterprise is better than it was and getting better. You can also not get very involved, if you want, but the power is still reserved there for you.
Well-written and informative, it is easy to read and explains everything you need to know to get familiar with the method. Unfortunately, this is the only book in English (besides Endenburg's two very dry books).
Disclaimer: I know both authors. I respect how much time they devote to trying to make the world a better place, and how much they know about DG. I know Endenburg, too, and respect his wisdom and intelligence.