Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

New England, USA
413-549-1747
413-687-5444
jerry.koch-gonzalez@sociocracyconsulting.com

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez head shotCEO

Imagine a world where people enjoy working equitably together to meet personal and planetary needs. Jerry’s work is in service of that vision. As a consultant (see Both-And Consulting), he focuses on individual and organizational development in the areas of governance, decision making, communication skills, and conflict resolution.

Jerry brings a variety of methods and approaches to his work. For governance and decision-making, he prefers Dynamic Governance/Sociocracy; for communication skills, he enjoys sharing Compassionate Communication/Nonviolent Communication™; and for conflict resolution, he uses Restorative Circles and Transformational Mediation.

What these approaches have in common is support for the notion that everyone’s needs matter; we can organize any institution based on the inclusion of all members in decision making; and we can do it effectively, efficiently, and with the joy of shared meaning and purpose.

Jerry has been teaching Dynamic Governance since 2005 and has been organizing, educating, and consulting for social justice his entire adult life. He is grateful that his work has been mission driven. Over the years, he has increasingly focused on communication and organizational processes that support human connection as equals.

The organizations with which he has taught and trained include Movement for a New Society, the National Coalition Building Institute, DiversityWorks, Cambridge Youth Peace & Justice Corps, Lesley College Center for Peaceable Schools, Boston College Center for Social Justice, Spirit in Action, and United for a Fair Economy and Class Action.

The application of sociocracy to intentional community is one of Jerry’s areas of focus. Jerry has helped bring Dynamic Governance to the Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community where he has lived since its founding in 1994. Jerry has trained and/or consulted with members of other cohousing communities including Green Haven (CT), Champlain Valley (VT), Burlington (VT), Pathways (MA), Jamaica Plain (MA), Cambridge (MA) and Cornerstone (MA).

Other organizations Jerry has worked with on implementing dynamic governance include The Living Well Group (residential care) and Sojourns (community health care) in Vermont, and High Mowing Waldorf High School in New Hampshire.

Education and credentials

  • Master of Education degree in Organizational Development from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst School of Education
  • Certification as trainer in Nonviolent Communication™ (NVC)
  • Certification as trainer in Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance

 

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