Sociocracy Leadership Training (SoLT)

SoLT logo_lower resolutionPlease note that we are not planning to run another SoLT until April 2018 because of our travel schedule and because we will publish a book in late winter of 2018. If you came here because you are interested in joining a future SoLT, we invite you to fill out the form to express interest. We will contact you and have a phone conversation to see whether is makes sense for you to wait that long and whether there might be other programs that might work for you right now. We are planning to offer more shorter classes and keep our focus on webinars. SoLT is a lot of fun and it stretches us rather thin so after completing the current training (that runs until Dec 2017), we will need a break!

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SoLT is an innovative way of learning sociocracy. Think of it as an immersion program in a ‘pop-up’ organization. SoFA provides the framework for that organization. That way, people interested in sociocracy can join SoLT and learn what sociocracy feels like when you actually do it.

Imagine you wanted to learn rowing – and then you attend a workshop where you never sit in a boat. You would not know what rowing is supposed to feel like and sound like. It is the same in decision-making: the flow and feel of sociocracy is very different from ‘debate style’ meetings.

In SoLT, we provide ‘rowing boats’ for people so they can learn and do and practice at the same time. We’re right next to you for every stroke, while you grow more and more confident and skilled.

This is an online sociocracy class, i.e. all the meetings and trainings happen online (on zoom) – you can join from wherever you are. SoLT is extremely affordable: $220-440 on a sliding scale. We ask organizations to pay on the higher end so we can give out scholarships to individuals that cannot afford a $220 training.

Within 9 weeks, we will tell you what you need to know to be part of a successful sociocratic organization. 

 

“SoLT training was a wonderful experience, enlightening on several levels. I loved learning with people from all over the world. I loved learning through immersion. Jerry and Jennifer have created a unique and valuable experience I highly recommend.” Pare Gerou, participant of SoLT3, 2017.

 

How to join us

  1. Make a date with us to talk in a video call. You can do so here. (Ongoing up until 1 week before SoLT starts – the earlier the better… our schedule fills up quickly with 18 interviews!) AND
  2. Fill out this form. Make sure your email address is correct!

We will place you in a circle based on your interest and availability. You make your final decision to join and pay tuition. That’s how we know you’re in.

Let the fun begin! You’ll get to know your peers, get access to all the files you need and the zoom link to participate in your first meeting.

 

How SoLT works

These two videos give the best overview over SoLT.

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the organizational structure of SoLT. Three work circles of 6 members each do work together to carry out the circle’s aim. The circles always change a bit, depending on what fits into the bigger picture of where SoFA sees need and interest.

  • Broadcast circle writes articles for specific audiences, for instance sociocracy and cooperatives, or sociocracy in community and highlights advantages in relationship of the audience.
  • Event circle plans educational events around sociocracy.
  • Case study circle documents existing sociocratic organizations. (See case studies that have been done by previous cycles.)
  • The third circle can either be a themed circle (for instance permaculture-sociocracy) or around creating specific content (sociocracy FAQ, wiki etc). We pick the aim of this circle for every cycle, depending on what topic is trending in the sociocracy world. (If you have a request – let us know!)

SoLT is real. Participants make real contributions, and we have to make decisions together. The good thing is that the content created in SoLT will be made accessible again to support other learners. So there is a triple bottom line:

  • You learn by doing/reflecting
  • You learn in lectures (Full Circle and reflection sessions, plus a lot of content made available to you)
  • You learn by reading and preparing the content of your circle, and all your content will be passed on to the next generation of learners! That means you support the movement towards healthy power by joining SoLT.
  • Every participant will be part of at least:
    – 5 policy decisions
    – 4 selections
    – 2 policy evaluations
    – 14 meeting evaluations
    – 20+ consent rounds (incl. processing objections)
    – all classes are online
    – in 14 meetings over 9 weeks.

The center of your attention will be your circle. You will attend meetings of your circle. Possibly, you will serve as leader or delegate of your circle for some or all of the time and attend general circle meetings during your term. In your circle meetings, you will coordinate tasks and make policy decisions together using sociocratic principles. You will select circle members for roles, and you will measure, evaluate and give feedback. There will be Full Circle meetings, attended by everyone in the circles with special trainings just for SoLT members. There will be General Circle meetings in which the leader and delegates of the three circles will coordinate the works that the circles are doing, and operational meetings in which only SoFA and the leaders of the work circle will do a quick check-in. You might be in on of those meetings if you get selected as leader or delegate of your circle.

When are meetings and what happens there?

See SoLT 6 dates. Plan to make time for all meetings of one work circle, all Full Circle meetings and as many reflection sessions as possible.

This is the syllabus. (Click to see it in higher resolution.)

 

What other requirements are there?

  • The time you put in will fluctuate over time but will likely add up to 36h for the project spread out over 9 weeks. Half of this time (18h) is meeting time, including online trainings and evaluation etc. The rest is work between meetings, like emailing and writing or planning with a subgroup. (This equals to 2 weekend workshops (4x8h), or about 3h per week over those 10 weeks.)
  • We ask that you make an effort to respond to email within 2 days.
  • It is easier to contribute if you are comfortable reading, writing and speaking English. (Typically, only about half of the participants are native speakers of English.)
  • This is an advanced program. We have to assume that you know the basics of sociocracy. We will talk about that in our entry interview, and we can point you to resources to catch up. The introduction that dove-tails best with SoLT is to go through the study group curriculum with a few friends.
  • If you need a scholarship, fill out the form and add it as a comment.
  • If you are nervous about something, you can watch a recording of a real SoLT meeting. That will show you what meetings are like. (Please be aware that those meetings were not meant to be a training video. It is just normal run-off-the-mill meetings, authentic situations, with normal learning moments and the usual fun.) Email Jennifer to get access.

What happens after I graduate from SoLT?

By the end of the program, you and we will know each other well. You will know each other. Most groups bond really closely – some meet beyond SoLT! SoLT is also the entry to what we call “big SoFA” — a volunteer organization that has standing circles of sociocracy fans working on personal development, sectors, content and community events. About one third of SoLT graduates become permanent members. That tells you how much people enjoy it! You’ll be in good company!

Express your interest in joining SoLT by filling out this survey.