Cohousing: Pioneer Valley Coho

Apr 28, 2018

This case study is about Pioneer Valley Cohousing (MA, USA). They switched from consensus to sociocracy in 2012. Hear what they have to say about the difference. You can also see this video on the same topic.

This case study is helpful if you

  • are part of a group that is running on consensus
  • are interested in intentional communities (ecovillage, cohousing, or cooperative housing)
  • “If only some people know things then you can’t really have equivalence of voices.”
  • This case study was written by Deborah Mangrum-Price as part of her contribution to the Sociocracy Leadership Training. Thanks, Deborah!

Read the full case study

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