|Online Sociocracy Course for Communities - 2 free classes Jan 14, 16||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 12:17:21 -0800 (PST)|
Diana Leafe Christian <diana [at] ic.org> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Dear friends and colleagues interested in community or member-led groups, I'm offering a 10-week ONLINE SOCIOCRACY TRAINING Feb 8 - Apr 12 Mondays, FEB 8 - APR 12 $245 - $445 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - $225-$445 thru Jan 18 * Pacific, 5-7 pm * Mountain, 6-8 pm * Central, 7-9 pm * Eastern, 8-10 pm TO REGISTER: (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sociocracy-for-intentional-communities-and-member-led-groups-tickets-127650904291) And TWO FREE PUBLIC ONLINE SOCIOCRACY CLASSES Jan 14 and Jan 16 that show how sociocracy works and how it can benefit intentional communities and member-led groups, including two useful, good-will meeting processes people can use in meetings, even if they don't use sociocracy as a whole. The first free overview class, Thursday, January 14 (5-6:30 Pacific Time, 6-7:30 Mountain, 7-8:30 Central, 8-9:30 Eastern). Besides an overview of sociocracy, we'll practice an easy, fair, transparent process for selecting people for roles, which can be used to select roles for the whole community, or a committee or team. The second free overview class, Saturday, January 16 (10-11:30 Pacific Time, 11-12:30 Mountain, 12 noon -1:30 Central, 1-2:30 Eastern). Besides the sociocracy overview, we'll explore an easy, transparent good-will way to help people enhance and develop their skills in the roles they've been chosen for. These two classes ‑ and the processes we’ll learn, Selecting People for Roles and Role-Improvement Feedback — go together and mutually benefit and reinforce each other. You are welcome to attend both free classes. I'm offering these classes to help people get a sense of sociocracy and get a sense of the 10-week online Sociocracy Training, described below. To register for one or both of these free short classes and get the Zoom link and handouts, let me know at diana [at] ic.org (mailto:diana [at] ic.org) . “I’ve never seen a community meeting be so effective, efficient, and fun!” said a visitor to Hart’s Mill Ecovillage in North Carolina, a community using sociocracy. Sociocracy is an especially effective and enjoyable self-governance and decision-making method I now highly recommend for cohousing communities, ecovillages, and other kinds of intentional communities. I’ve found that — when used accurately, and using what I call “all seven parts” — sociocracy tends to work better for groups than classic, traditional consensus and even modified consensus. If a group uses all seven parts of sociocracy they can experience: (1) Better meetings (2) Getting more done (3) Being better organized (4) Feeling more harmonious and better connected to other community members Mondays, FEB 8 - APR 12 $245 - $445 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - $225-$445 thru Jan 18 TO REGISTER: (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sociocracy-for-intentional-communities-and-member-led-groups-tickets-127650904291) “I’m excited about each upcoming week in Diana’s sociocracy course. She’s an engaging and authentic trainer who truly understands how to teach sociocracy for communities in a way that people actually get it; I feel like I'm learning from the best. I think she should charge three of four times more though — I’m finding her course that valuable.” —Chris Herndon, Life Coach, Seattle, Washington, Sociocracy Course, Oct-Dec, 2020 "Learning sociocracy in Diana’s webinar and using it in our urban ecovillage has easily been the most powerful catalyst to help our community thrive, mostly because of her deep experience and knowledge of sociocracy as used in communities. Her charm and teaching style kept the process light, fun and engaging. I was involved in two communities that failed, so in the webinar I often had the insight, “Oh! We could have saved so much wasted time if I’d known this earlier!” or “Wow, now I know how to avoid that issue in the future.” I believe Diana’s training can help any group bypass the typical difficulties that challenge communities, and experience effective, enjoyable community governance instead!” —Jordan Lindsay, Teal House, Calgary. Sociocracy Course, Jan-March, 2020 Groups like Chris’s and Jordan’s were able to use each part of sociocracy immediately after they learned it in the course. (See more about what course participants say, below.) The sociocracy training engages multiple learning modes and is engaging and fun, like this training in Montreal, 2014. Mondays, FEB 8 - APR 12 $245 - $445 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - $225-$445 thru Jan 18 TO REGISTER: (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sociocracy-for-intentional-communities-and-member-led-groups-tickets-127650904291) The webinar is 35 to 45 hours of visual learning and live practice over a 10-week period, with six different activities: (1) For each week’s topic you’ll see watch-ahead videos of my drawing graphics while I'm presenting material, and short “readers’ theater” skits and songs about sociocracy by past training participants. 11-minute video – "Seven Parts" of Sociocracy https://youtu.be/InO5FsNIJQ4 (2) You’ll get visual, graphic-rich, read-ahead handouts to further illuminate each week’s topic, and a short quiz about that week’s topic which you can use as a self-quiz or send to me to check your answers. Two example course handouts are attached, The Four Benefits: Why People Like Using Sociocracy, (https://mcusercontent.com/78d9192faa1565860131ea96b/files/692234f5-f5a0-4ee3-b017-a665b5cba59b/1_Four_Benefits_of_Sociocracy.pdf) and Sociocracy: “Effective, Efficient, and Fun." (https://mcusercontent.com/78d9192faa1565860131ea96b/files/5d45ae20-a87b-42de-a98f-2b5e91a43486/2_Soc_Eff_Eff_Fun_6.12.20.pdf) The weekly videos and handouts require about 1.5 hours on average of learning time. (3) (Optional) If you like, you can talk about what you just learned with another webinar participant on Zoom. The person you’ll talk with will be randomly chosen and you’ll meet a different person each week. (4) You’ll have a two-hour lively practice session each week, practicing with the whole group and also in small breakout groups with other webinar participants. (5) You’ll receive responses to any questions or comments you might email me about sociocracy during the course and for a year afterwards. (6) You’ll have access to all course videos and handouts for a year after the course. During that year I will respond to questions to provide any additional help needed. Mondays, FEB 8 - APR 12 $245 - $445 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - $225-$445 thru Jan 18 TO REGISTER: (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sociocracy-for-intentional-communities-and-member-led-groups-tickets-127650904291) (1) Feb 8: Sociocracy Overview, and Feedback Questions in Proposals (2) Feb 15: The Circle Structure: Vision, Mission, Domain, Aims, Links (3) Feb 22: Consent Decision-Making, Part One (and Mission Circle/Top Circle/Board Circle) (4) Mar 1: Consent Decision-Making, Part Two (and Four Roles in Two Kinds of Meetings) (5) Mar 8: Consent Decision-Making, Part Three, and Selecting People for Roles, Part One (and Policy Meetings and Work (Operations) Meetings) (6) Mar 15: Selecting People for Roles, Part Two; Proposal Forming, Part One (7) Mar 22: Proposal Forming, Part Two (and The Circle Log) (8) Mar 29: Proposal Forming, Part Three, and Role-Improvement Feedback, Part One (and Three Aspects of a Healthy, Thriving Community) (9) Apr 5: Role-Improvement Feedback, Part Two, and Consenting to Circle Members, and Implementing Sociocracy, Part One (10) Apr 12: Implementing Sociocracy, Part Two What participants say: "I took Diana’s webinar as a member of two intentional communities using sociocracy, one in Turkey and one in Canada. Each group now has highly effective meetings — making decisions much faster than before. Our productivity has increased and we’re joyfully accomplishing previously daunting tasks. Diana presents sociocracy in an engaging, easily understandable, fun way — and in the context of how intentional communities function well — combining different teaching methods to ensure everyone fully gets it. I wholeheartedly recommend her training for smoother, more enjoyable community governance!” —Ezgi Sarıoğlu, Kabile, Turkey, & Teal House, Calgary, Sociocracy Course, Jan-Mar, 2020 "Source Farm Ecovillage in Jamaica has been working with Diana since 2006 when we read Creating a Life Together and took her workshop on starting successful new communities. Source Farm and two affiliated local organic farming nonprofits are now taking her Sociocracy webinar, which we see as the "next level up” from consensus. Diana is skilled in working across cultures — she’s blessed with the insight and skill to teach sociocracy effectively with every group and individual she works with. I highly recommend her unique sociocracy training to any ecovillage, cohousing community, or member-led group." —Nicola Shirley, Source Farm Ecovillage, Uijima Farmer’s Market, GWG Organic Farm Research Station, Jamaica. Course for Jamaican Groups, July-September, 2020. "It was a pleasure to learn Sociocracy from Diana, one of the world's leading experts in this harmonious and productive self-governance method as it is used in intentional communities. She offers clear, concise practice sessions; engaging videos; and a detailed, illustrated Sociocracy Handbook. Her course is even more enjoyable because of her passionate energy about sociocracy and her gentle, inclusive, interactive teaching style — in itself a living example of Sociocracy principles.” —Michele Geister, Source Farm Ecovillage, Jamaica. Course for Jamaican Groups, July-September, 2020. "Our forming community in Tennessee is really grateful for Diana’s sociocracy webinar, as it’s been invaluable to learn directly from the author of Creating a Life Together. While we're learning each step of sociocracy we’re simultaneously gaining from her decades of experience in how intentional communities work well, and how sociocracy can be tailored specifically to help our own forming community be more successful. Diana engages multiple learning styles. She doesn’t settle for people simple understanding the concepts, but helps participants learn sociocracy thoroughly so they can start using its methods immediately in their group." —Shayna Flynn, TN. Course for Forming Community in Tennessee, July-Sept, 2020 All Good Wishes, Diana Leafe Christian ============================================================ Copyright © 2021 Diana Leafe Christian Webinars, All rights reserved. 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