|My Sociocracy online course Feb. 8-Apr 12||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Diana Leafe Christian (dianaic.org)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2020 22:04:41 -0800 (PST)|
Hello, I wanted to let you know about my next 10-week online sociocracy course specifically for cohousing communities and other kinds of intentional communities. It's Monday evenings, Feb. 8 through Apr 12, $245-$445 sliding scale, Early Bird Discount of $225-$445 through January 4. In my experience as a community consultant and consensus trainer and facilitator, and now a sociocracy trainer for 9 years, sociocracy can be a more effective governance and decision-making making process for cohousing than classic, traditional consensus. I agree with the concerns about consensus expressed by Bryan at La Querencia. I wrote an article series about these challenges for Communities magazine several years ago ("Busting the Myth That Consensus is Good for Communities”), which I condensed into a handout, “What Can Go Wrong in Consensus Decision-Making.” If you’d like a copy: diana [at] ic.org <mailto:diana [at] ic.org> (I disagree with the idea that sociocracy is a form of consensus. I’ve taught and facilitated both methods for years, and while sociocracy is derived from some principles and values of sociocracy from consensus, what Gerard Endenberg ended up creating is quite different in practice. Using sociocracy in community feels like being in a whole different paradigm than using consensus!) Although I believe sociocracy more effective than consensus, in my experience this is only true if the group does four things: everyone learns it, they use at least seven parts, they use it as their trainer taught them (not combining it with consensus), and they get periodic review trainings or phone or Zoom consultations. If a group does these four things they can experience four great benefits: having better meetings, getting more done, being better organized, and feeling more connected to other community members. (If they don’t do these four things though, in my experience, using a partial or pseudo-sociocracy can result in as much confusion and conflict as any other method.) The February sociocracy course has short watch-ahead videos, graphic-rich handouts making a clear, thorough sociocracy how-to handbook especially for communities, and live weekly practice sessions with other course participants. And opportunities each week to talk about what you just learned in videos and handouts with another course participant through a randomly generated Buddy System, with a different person each week. I address using sociocracy in common challenging community situations, such as how to work effectively with people who misunderstand or mis-use Objections, and various ways to interrupt and re-direct challenging circle members or new circle members who don’t understand sociocracy well yet. In my experience doing this course in the last two years, course participants start successfully using each part of sociocracy they learn each week in their own communities or forming groups right away, and they love it. To get a sense of the course, I can send two handouts: “The Four Benefits: Why People Like Using Sociocracy,” and “Sociocracy: ‘Effective, Efficient, and Fun’ “ If you’d like these, just ask: diana [at] ic.org <mailto:diana [at] ic.org>. And a 10-minute video overview of sociocracy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjVpt0bzQL4&t=2s <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjVpt0bzQL4&t=2s> To know what recent course participants from communities have said about this course, more information, and to register: https://tinyurl.com/WebsiteFeb2021Soc <https://tinyurl.com/WebsiteFeb2021Soc> Thank you for considering this course. Diana Leafe Christian
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