Sociocracy and Cohousing
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 06:10:13 -0800 (PST)
Second announcement of workshop in the DC area but a reminder that you can participate in this discussion by joining the email discussion group by sending a blank message to buildingcommunityinfo-subscribe [at]

Workshop: Saturday, Feb 17, 10:00-3:00. Led by Sharon Villines at Takoma Village Cohousing.

Aim: To design sociocratic models for cohousing and other residential communities. The focus will be primarily cohousing but the models will be useful for ecovillages, condos, coops, and neighborhood associations so participants from these communities are more than welcome.

Rationale: Sociocracy is an inclusive self-governance method based on consent decision-making. Its principles and methods can be applied in a variety of models suitable for different kinds of organizations. Since residential communities are concerned with both community life and commonly owned property, they must balance a wide range of social, political, and economic needs. As such they have more complex aims than most businesses or non-profit organizations.

We will examine the question how can sociocracy meet these needs more effectively than current methods? What models would work best in cohousing.

Please contact me if you need more information or would like to attend the workshop. There is no charge except a materials fee of approx $10.

Sharon Villines

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