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Two SoCal Companies Make List of World's Most Democratic

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Does your company encourage leadership, transparency, democracy and creativity in the workplace? Do your co-workers participate in company decisions on an ongoing basis? WorldBlu -- a social enterprise that champions the ideas of "organizational democracy" -- compiled its list of the forty most democratic companies in the world based on questions like these.

Two Southern California companies made the list this year: Dreamhost, the popular web hosting company, and DaVita, the largest independent provider of dialysis services in America. Both companies celebrate their second year in row on this list, and DaVita is the first Fortune 500 company to break into this top forty ranking.

DaVita states that the company oversees 1,400 dialysis clinics in the United States and encourages decentralization and uniqueness in the leadership and rules for each clinic. Each employee is called a teammate, and they contribute ideas to and vote on important decisions for the company. Even the name DaVita, which means "He/She Gives Life" was chosen by democratic voting by "teammates".