Re: Cohousing and Sociocracy
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 07:17:37 -0800 (PST)
I'll put you on the list for the workshop.


On Jan 10, 2007, at 10:53 AM, byron patterson wrote:

1/10/07, Byron Patterson^ byronpatterson [at]
Hi Sharon,
I am abstracting ideas for workshop and exercises for the CohoDC Group.
Workshops and other developmental exercises are beneficial to cohousing
groups. Please forward me an outline of your initial Sociocracy workshop
and also for the follow up study group. I would like to participate and
with the development of sociocratic application for groups.

On 1/8/07, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> wrote:

On Jan 7, 2007, at 2:10 PM, maggiedutton wrote:

Hi Sharon...the workshop/study group sounds exciting...will there be
any way
that those of us at a distance who are interested can participate in
way?  What about video taping the workshop?  Could we be included in
discussion group by email.  Would you consider some teleconferencing?
are going to get a video camera soon and are thinking about videoing
meetings to be able to let people who have not experienced a
meeting to see how it goes.

Personally, I have reached the point of being technologically
exhausted. Each new technology promises wonders and just presents more
complexity and confusion, requires a lot of money to do well, and
requires a lot of time.

I'm reminded of the response from a computer lab director when I asked
what it meant that the college had just put a digital phone on my desk.
She said, "It means you are going to be very unhappy for a very long
time and then you won't notice." She was right -- it took months to get
the phones working with the building and then no one noticed. We not
only didn't notice that we had digital phones, we didn't notice any
improvement in service either!

Inclusion is a problem since geographic location is limiting. I'm doing
the face to face workshop and study group here so I can work with
diagrams and charts with real people from established communities --
this one is very focused sociocracy in residential communities. BUT I
have set up an email discussion group specifically to discuss this
issue and it is open to everyone who is interested in applying
sociocracy in residential communities including condos, coops,
cohousing, ecovillages, homeowner associations, etc.

buildingcommunityinfo-subscribe [at]

I will help maintain an ongoing very focused discussion there.

.  H.O.M.E.S. has
been operating Sociocratically since 2004 with mainly theory to guide
That is good news that your book will be published soon...we really
need the
exposure and the text book tool.

The writing for the book is complete! I had no idea how long a project
like this would take but I'm planning on an April publication.

Sharon Villines
Coauthor with John Buck of the forthcoming
We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy
The Complete Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Methods
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