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Amherst MA: Sociocracy/Dynamic Self-Governance



Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Location: , Massachusetts,

  Pioneer Valley Cohousing Common House, 120 Pulpit Hill Rd, Amherst, MA 01002
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Both-And Consulting
The Sociocracy Consulitng Group
Class Action

Date and Time:

  Sat, Oct 27, 2012   09:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sun, Oct 28, 2012   09:30 AM to 5:00 PM


  An Experiential Workshop exploring an approach to decision making and organizational structure where everyone's needs matter.

Sociocracy, aka Dynamic Self-Governance, is an effective, efficient and transparent participatory decision making process based on equivalence of power of all participants regardless of their position in an organization.

Sociocracy also transforms traditional leadership selection, organizational ownership and structure, and offers a vision of society based on power-with!

Sociocracy can be implemented in all kinds and sizes of organizations – traditional businesses, non-profits, worker cooperatives, intentional communities and social change groups. Sociocracy aims to hold both the “I” and the “We” and end dynamics of power over and power under.

Learn by doing - this is a participatory workshop! Come experience it for yourself!

The presenter of this workshop, Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, is a long time activist and independent consultant. Jerry’s passion is to share egalitarian practices such as sociocracy, nonviolent communication (NVC) and Restorative Circles. Jerry lives with his family in the Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community. Jerry is associated with Both And Consulting, The Sociocracy Consulting Group, New England NVC, the Institute for Peaceable Communities and Class Action.

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  • First 8 people to register will receive a free copy of John Buck and Sharon Villines’ book We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy. A Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Methods!

Who is it for?

  Anyone seeking a system of decision making and organization that is more effective and scalable than consensus, ensures greater equality than majority rule democracy, and delivers products and services efficiently in any sector - businesses, nonprofits, and social change organizations.

Registration and deposit info:

  Requested contribution: sliding scale $150-75.
All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute financially (even if less than the requested contribution).
Prepay by PayPal or pay by check or cash at the door.
We do not receive payments through credit or debit cards on site.
A limited amount of local low cost housing is available. Please ask if you need assistance.

What to bring:

  Snacks and vegetarian lunch will be provided. Please bring something to share, or food for yourself if you have a special diet
For the comfort of participants, please do not wear perfumes or other scents.
The site is wheelchair accessible.

Online registration:

   If you wish to register more than one person please complete a separate registration for each person. You may make one payment under one person's name for all the members that you register. When you register the additional members covered by the initial payment, enter $0.00 as the payment amount for each of those members. Please put your name in the "comment field" when you register each of those other members so we will know who paid for them.

You will be able to select your donation amount on the next page. The requested donation is between $75.00 and $150.00.

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