|Sociocracy at the Conference||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:35:21 -0700 (PDT)|
First thank you to the many people who have thanked me for my posts on Cohousing-L privately and in person at the conference. I do spend more time on them than I probably should but I’m a writer so I write. And I use writing to figure out problems, opportunities, ideas, etc. So thank you again. There were many people interested in Sociocracy at the conference. I was surprised how many people showed up for the sociocracy gathering Friday late afternoon and for the general governance discussion who were not in communities that had even had workshops on sociocracy or were practicing. They came because they were interested in knowing more. There was standing room only in the sociocracy sessions (as well as the other sessions). I was late on Friday because I thought the session started at 5:00. In my absence, Lyndall Parris, bless her heart, started a round but discovered almost no one knew anything about sociocracy so they couldn’t share information. What to do? Fortunately, Jerry Koch Gonzales was there, had the diagrams from his sociocratic community, and stepped in with a 1.5 hour introduction. Jerry is an enthusiastic sociocratic and NVC trainer and was going full force when I arrived, even after his all day intensive done with Diana Leafe Christian. (Diana was sacked out on the floor using a backpack for a pillow; Jerry, still full of energy.) In the discussion of governance on Saturday, we had a room with chairs around the edges so many people couldn’t get in. I asked those who were comfortable on the floor to sit there to free up chairs. I asked the side of the circle by the door to move their chairs forward but people couldn’t get in and left. I started with a round and discovered that people had little or nothing to say about governance generally. They were there to learn more about sociocracy and/or to clarify what they had heard or were having problems with in their understanding and implementation of sociocracy. I answered questions, expanding my responses to provide theory and context. Jerry had his organizational charts from the workshop and gave an explanation. AND at the end, he took those who wanted to continue out to a back hallway leading to unused ballrooms and did a demonstration of the circle structure. (I was exhausted by that time so I didn’t see what they did.) I would love to hear about Jerry and Diana’s workshop as well as the responses to Jerry’s hallway demonstration. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Sociocracy: A Deeper Democracy http://www.sociocracy.info
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