Introduction to Sociocracy (Jerry Koch-Gonzalez & Diana Leafe Christian)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $105. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez & Diana Leafe Christian

Intensive Description

Introducing Sociocracy, also called Dynamic Governance — a governance and decision-making method based on effectiveness, transparency and equivalence, which can help cohousing communities function more effectively and harmoniously. Through presentations and demonstrations, small-group discussions, and practice exercises, we will offer an overview of the circles and double links governance structure; measuring and evaluating implemented proposals; vision, mission, and aims of circles; meeting processes; and similarities and differences with consensus. Specific instruction in Sociocracy Elections, an enjoyable process participants can take back and share with their own communities. “A visitor said she’d never seen a community meeting be so effective, efficient, and fun!” —Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, NC. Three-minute video: “Dynamic Governance in Intentional Community.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DAl1f1HFfM

About the Presenters

A certified trainer of Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance and Nonviolent Communication, Jerry specializes in governance, decision-making, communication skills, and conflict resolution (“everyone matters, all needs matter”). He co-founded the nonprofit Sociocracy For All (SoFA), The Sociocracy Consulting Group, and New England NVC. Jerry is a founding member of 22-year old Pioneer Valley Cohousing, which uses Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance.

Diana has taught Sociocracy to intentional communities, including cohousing, since 2012. Author of Creating a Life Together, Diana speaks at conferences and leads workshops internationally on starting successful new communities and on helping existing communities thrive, especially re governance and decision-making. She is currently a Sociocracy consultant for the Board of Global Ecovillage Network.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $105. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included, but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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