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Introduction to Sociocracy

A fun and engaging way to experience the benefits of excellent governance, these two- to three-hour entry-level sessions require no previous knowledge or experience.

In these workshops you will:

  • Meet and engage with others interested in excellent governance
  • Learn fundamental values, principles, processes, structures, and applications of sociocracy
  • Participate in a sociocratic election process
  • Explore applications relevant to your particular organization

We offer these sessions both in-person and on-line to suit your needs and location. Check our upcoming events calendar for scheduled workshops that may still have space for you to join in!

Contact us for details or to schedule an introductory workshop customized for your group or organization.

Foundations of Sociocracy

Our first level of comprehensive training gives you the essential tools for applying sociocracy (dynamic governance) in your existing or forming organization. The class sessions include:

  • Introduction to sociocratic values, principles and practices
  • Consent decision making - implementing equivalence and effectiveness
  • Circle (policy) meetings, roles, and elections - organizing work
  • Organizational structure - how to scale equivalence, consent, feedback, and transparency.
  • Operational effectiveness strategies
  • Inclusive facilitation and leadership skills

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

This training is offered online and in person - see our events calendar for the next scheduled Foundations of Sociocracy trainings.

  • Online as a series of six 2 1/2 hour classes combined with between-class assignments. Online contact time is a minimum of 15 hours and instructor feedback between classes is included in the class fees.
  • In person as a two-day intensive training with a minimum of 15 hours contact time. (other formats available by special arrangement).

Get early announcements of upcoming courses on our mailing list.

Additional information for online courses:

  • There will be approximately one to one and a half hours of between-class homework assignments, with instructor feedback.
  • We will record all sessions so that you can listen if you miss a class.
  • Students who attend at least four classes and provide evidence that they have made up the other two classes will receive a certificate of participation.

In-House Foundations of Sociocracy Option
We offer our Foundations of Sociocracy training in-house by arrangement. The required workshop contact time and between-class assignments can be scheduled to meet your organization’s needs and objectives. In-house training is an excellent method for building organizational capacity and effective leadership within your organization.

Contact us to learn more about our in-house training option or to set up a program at your organization.

Facilitating Sociocracy

Rave reviews!

"This course has given me much deeper appreciation for sociocratic facilitation.  Each week offered a step-by-step grounding in the circle meeting process.  My ability to successfully navigate a meeting has grown significantly, and our community’s meetings are much more productive now. It was great to have a small class with such skilled, experienced, and responsive instructors. I received a lot of help and suggestions specific to my real-world responsibilities. This is the first time in an online class that I felt so engaged, learned so much, and received so much value and personal attention. I highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to improve their understanding, experience, skills, and enjoyment of sociocratic facilitation."

- Hope V. Horton, Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, North Carolina

Participants will

  • Explore advanced sociocratic structures and processes.
  • Plan and prepare for meetings and facilitate sociocratic decision-making processes, with coaching.
  • Practice handling challenging facilitation situations in role-plays and simulations.
  • Get support in facilitating in their own organization.
  • Get to know others who are using and learning sociocracy.

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

This training is offered online and in person - see our events calendar for the next scheduled Facilitating Sociocracy trainings.

  • Online as a series of six 2 1/2 hour classes combined with between-class assignments. Online contact time is a minimum of 15 hours and instructor feedback between classes is included in the class fees.
  • In person as a two-day intensive training with a minimum of 15 hours contact time. (other formats available by special arrangement).

Get early announcements of upcoming courses on our mailing list.

Additional information for online courses:

  • There will be approximately two hours of between-class homework assignments, with instructor feedback.
  • Each student will practice facilitation with a group outside of class time. If you do not already have a group with whom you can practice, we will assist you to set one up.
  • We will record all sessions so that you can listen to the recording if you miss a class.
  • Students who attend at least four classes and provide evidence that they have made up the other two classes will receive a certificate of participation.

In-House Facilitating Sociocracy Option
We offer Facilitating Sociocracy training in-house by arrangement. The required workshop contact time and between-class assignments can be scheduled to meet your organization’s needs and objectives. In-house training is an excellent method for building facilitation capacity and effective leadership within your organization.

Contact us to learn more about our in-house training option or to set up a program at your organization.

Communities of Practice

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group organized for the purpose of ongoing study and practice in applications and theory of sociocracy. Contact us for details on starting or joining a Community of Practice.

We offer three different basic types of CoPs:

  • Open CoP - has a minimum prerequisite of one of our introductory workshops, webinars, or equivalent experience. An open CoP is a place to explore, understand, and practice Sociocracy with learning focused on basics and fundamentals. Open CoPs will be be facilitated by a member of TSCG.
  • Specialty CoP - organized around a specific group and/or learning goals, with a prerequisite of our Foundations of Sociocracy training and a six session commitment. Specialty CoPs may be facilitated by either a member of the TSCG or a suitably experienced member of a Certification CoP.
  • Certification CoP - an integral part of our Certified Sociocratic Practitioner training path, with a prerequisite of our Foundations of Sociocracy training and a 12 session commitment. Certification CoPs will be facilitated by a member of TSCG.

Custom CoPs can be designed to meet your organization's specific needs - contact us for more information.

Certified Sociocratic Practitioner

Certification as a Sociocratic Practitioner is the next level on the journey. Building on a prerequisite of our Foundations of Sociocracy training, we combine a workshop progression and a Community of Practice incorporating real-world experience, mentoring, and measurement to integrate learnings and assist in implementation. This program is designed to provide a thorough understanding of Sociocracy in theory and practice, including development of specific skills for facilitation, organizational structure design, and other key elements from a sociocratic perspective.

This program is offered in week-long retreat format as well as in a flexible class format available in-person or on-line. Contact us for additional information.

Component of program Contact hours
Facilitating Sociocracy training 15 hrs
Workflow & Project Management training 5 hrs
Design of sociocratic organizations training 8 hrs
Implementation of sociocracy training 8 hrs
Mentoring & Peer Learning - Community of Practice (2hrs/month) 24 hrs
Practicum - working with your organization and/or facilitating specialized community of practice Varies per participant
Measurement - personal goal setting, peer support and review Varies per participant
Total 60 hrs (minimum)

On successful completion, participants receive certification by TSCG as a Sociocratic Practitioner.

Contact us to get started!

This training also provides an educational and practical foundation for international certifications offered by The Sociocracy Group.

International Certification

TSCG is a member of The Sociocracy Group, located in the Netherlands.
The Sociocracy Group is the international certifying organization, and provides advanced certifications in three areas:

  • Certified sociocratic facilitator - focus is on facilitating sociocratic process for efficient meetings and participatory decision making.
  • Certified sociocratic trainer - focus is on providing foundational and advanced sociocratic training for organizational development and/or public events.
  • Certified sociocratic consultant - focus is on facilitation, training, implementation, and training the trainer in complex organizations.

These levels of certification require demonstrated real-world understanding and application of  standards defining theory and practice of sociocracy, as well as documented experience over time with one’s clients or one’s own organization.

We provide training and mentoring in support of certifications by The Sociocracy Group. Please contact us for more information.