Events

August 2016 – April 2017

Aug
12
Fri
2016
Introduction to Sociocracy for Employee-Owned Companies @ Online webinar - link below!
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The webinar will be viewable live, 12:00-1:30 pm Eastern time, via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ML2UbvzAHk

Sociocracy means self-governance by those who work together. Sociocracy brings consensus to scale and is more inclusive than majority rule democracy. Sociocracy can transform traditional frameworks of ownership, compensation and leadership selection, and can be implemented in all kinds and sizes of organizations – traditional businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, ESOPs, and community organizations.

In this webinar we will present the basic principles of Sociocracy:

  1. Decision making by consent
  2. Organizational structure with authority distributed to teams of people (called “Circles”)
  3. Continual adaptation

Sociocracy matches internal organizational practice with values of effectiveness, transparency and egalitarianism – “power-with,” not power-over or power-under.

This Webinar is for all: cooperators, activists, investors, for-profit and nonprofit staff and board members. We will share some stories of implementing Sociocracy and we will have time for questions and answers.

The presenter of this workshop, Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, is the CEO of The Sociocracy Consulting Group and director of Sociocracy For All, a project of the nonprofit Institute for Peaceable Communities. Jerry lives in a cohousing community in Amherst MA operating on Sociocracy.

Sep
26
Mon
2016
Sociocracy: The Operating System for the New Economy @ Social Enterprise Greenhouse Hub
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Register now!

Sociocracy means self-governance by those who work together. Sociocracy brings consensus to scale and is more inclusive than majority rule democracy. Sociocracy can transform traditional frameworks of ownership, compensation and leadership selection, and can be implemented in all kinds and sizes of organizations – traditional businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, ESOPs, and community organizations.

In this presentation we will cover the basic principles of Sociocracy:

  1. Decision making by consent
  2. Organizational structure with authority distributed to teams of people (called “Circles”)
  3. Continual adaptation

Sociocracy matches internal organizational practice with values of effectiveness, transparency and egalitarianism – “power-with,” not power-over or power-under.

This presentation is for all: cooperators, activists, investors,entrepreneurs, for-profit and nonprofit staff and board members. We will share some stories of implementing Sociocracy and we will have time for questions and answers.

The presenter of this workshop, Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, is the CEO of The Sociocracy Consulting Group and director of Sociocracy For All, a project of the nonprofit Institute for Peaceable Communities. Jerry lives in a cohousing community in Amherst MA operating on Sociocracy.

Register now!

Oct
27
Thu
2016
Governance by Design – Introduction to Sociocracy @ Lost Valley Education Center, Dexter, Oregon
Oct 27 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Register now!

This half-day introduction to sociocracy is hosted by Lost Valley Education Center near Dexter, Oregon, and facilitated by TSCG member John Schinnerer.

Full details on the Lost Valley Education Center web site.

 

Nov
2
Wed
2016
Foundations of Sociocracy – Australia-EU @ Six online sessions - 7:00-9:30 pm Australian Eastern Daylight time (9:00-11:30 am Central European Time)
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Register now!

NOTE:  25% rebate on course fees for Australia and New Zealand participants. Rebate will be issued after you complete registration and payment at standard USD rates.

Learn the essential foundations of the Sociocratic Circle Method (SCM) in an engaging virtual classroom learning environment.

A mix of interactive simulations, practice sessions, presentation of essential information, and time for participant questions and feedback are part of every training.

See all the details on our complete course description page.

A team of two instructors for each class insures high quality and low student-teacher ratio.

Online session dates and times:

  • Dates:  November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, and December 7th.
  • Class sessions are from 7:00-9:30 pm Australian Eastern Daylight time (9:00-11:30 am Central European Time).

Register now!

Taught by TSCG member Gina Price with co-instructor Erin Young.

Nov
8
Tue
2016
Foundations of Sociocracy – Americas-EU @ Six online sessions - 1:00-3:30 PM USA eastern time
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Register now!

Learn the essential foundations of the Sociocratic Circle Method (SCM) in an engaging virtual classroom learning environment.

A mix of interactive simulations, practice sessions, presentation of essential information, and time for participant questions and feedback are part of every training.

See all the details on our complete course description page.

A team of two instructors for each class insures high quality and low student-teacher ratio.

Online session dates and times:

  • Dates:  November 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th – December 6th and 13th.
  • Class sessions are from 1:00-3:30 pm USA eastern time (7:00-9:30 pm Central European Time).

Register now!

Taught by TSCG members Francine Proulx-Kenzle and John Schinnerer.

Jan
15
Sun
2017
Urban Moshav Berkeley – Dynamic Governance workshop @ 1316 University Ave, Berkeley, CA
Jan 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

This three-day training focused on sociocracy in cohousing and intentional community contexts is led by TSCG associate member Diana Leafe Christian.

Training dates are January 15th, 16th, and 22nd (two Sundays and the intervening Monday holiday), from 9 am to 5:30 pm. Video recordings posted nightly for registrants who cannot attend the entire training live. If childcare is needed, please email roger@urbanmoshav.org.

For full details and registration, see the Urban Moshav web site.

Jan
27
Fri
2017
Dynamic Governance for Collaborative Organizations @ Ojai Foundation, Ojai, California
Jan 27 @ 5:00 pm – Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm

For complete details and registration, go to the Ojai Foundation event listing page.

Good governance is no accident – we create it, by design. Benefits include greater creativity, faster adaptation, higher commitment, fewer and better meetings, and improved focus on organization vision, mission and aims.

This intensive training is based on our Foundations of Sociocracy interactive training, and will include some aspects of Council process, as well as other collaborative decision-making processes. Open to individuals, organizations, and change-makers from any sector.

Led by John Schinnerer of The Sociocracy Consulting Group, along with Executive Co-Directors of The Ojai Foundation, Miriam Tassone and Adam Rumack.

Mar
1
Wed
2017
Facilitating Sociocracy @ Six online sessions - 1:00-3:30 PM USA eastern time
Mar 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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Understanding facilitation and the facilitator role in sociocracy is vital to success. This course focuses on the essentials of excellence in facilitation, from advance preparation to dealing with challenging situations.

See all the details on our complete course description page.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Foundations of Sociocracy or equivalent training or experience. Contact us if you have questions about prerequisites.

A team of two instructors for each class insures high quality and low student-teacher ratio.

Online session dates and times:

  • Dates: March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, and April 5th.
  • Class sessions are from 1:00-3:30 pm USA eastern time.

Register now!

Taught by TSCG members Francine Proulx-Kenzle and John Schinnerer.

Questions? Contact us!

Mar
8
Wed
2017
With Sociocracy, Hierarchy becomes Agile @ Agile India 2017 conference, Bengaluru, India
Mar 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop at the Agile India 2017 conference is co-led by TSCG founding member John Buck.

The workshop focuses on how implementation of sociocracy can solve problems and create alignment in companies struggling with Agile approaches within a previously existing hierarchical organization.

For additional details, see the Agile India 2017 workshop information page.

For general conference information visit the Agile India 2017 website.

Mar
11
Sat
2017
Enabling Company-wide Agility in a Dynamic World @ Agile India 2017 conference, Bengaluru, India
Mar 11 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

This workshop at the Agile India 2017 conference is co-led by TSCG founding member John Buck.

The workshop focuses on what being Agile really means, and how it can be implemented by combining principles from the Agile Manifesto, Sociocracy, Beyond Budgeting, and Open Space.

For additional details, see the Agile India 2017 workshop information page.

For general conference information visit the Agile India 2017 website.

Apr
8
Sat
2017
Sociocracy for Intentional Communities @ Burlington, VT
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – Apr 10 @ 5:30 pm

TSCG associate member Diana Leafe Christian leads this sociocracy workshop for cohousing communities and other kinds of intentional communities at East Village Cohousing in Burlington, VT. In this highly interactive workshop Diana uses simultaneous verbal and visual presentations, physical exercises, songs, short readers’ theater skits, and hands on practice.

This three-minute video provides insight on why cohousers at Pioneer Valley Cohousing in Amherst, MA love using Sociocracy, and how it has helped them.

Please visit Diana’s event page for registration and workshop details.

Apr
10
Mon
2017
With Sociocracy, Hierarchy Becomes Agile @ San Diego, CA - Global Scrum Gathering
Apr 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

TSCG founding member Sheella Mierson co-leads this introductory workshop at the Global Scrum Gathering in San Diego.

Agile teams can bump into top-down management of their organization. Learn about a new strategy to scale up Scrum to an entire company – including outside the software development area – so that management becomes top-down and bottom-up. Learn also a simple process you can use immediately to tighten up your sprint planning meetings and your retrospectives. Sociocracy (aka dynamic governance) is a method of governance, decision-making, and project management, developed in the Netherlands based on cybernetics and systems theory. A key innovation is its structural approach to improving communication and decision-making. Sociocracy supports the broad implementation of Agile values. This experiential session will introduce you to the principles of sociocracy, and give you hands-on practice with a new decision-making method.

For more information on events schedule click here.