The word "democracy" usually conjures up images of voting booths, political pundits and town hall meetings. When we hear "democracy," we often think "politics."<br />So what is organizational democracy and how is it different from political democracy?<br />Organizational democracy is a system of organization that is based on freedom, instead of fear and control. It's a way of designing organizations to amplify the possibilities of human potential — and the organization as a whole.<br />The concept of democracy comes from the Greek words "demos" and "kratein" which mean "the people rule".<br />So the core of organizational democracy and political democracy is the same — allowing people to self-govern and determine their own destiny. What is different is the context — one is in the political arena, the other is in the realm of organizations.