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Empowered Learning Circles 

8 hours of training delivered to you in 4 sessions for your group.

You want to learn about sociocracy, and a structured study group sounds great to you? Welcome to our ELC Curriculum! 

This is our entry class in 4 sessions of about ~2 hours each. What you will learn is equivalent to a weekend workshop – but you can do it any time, with your favorite people, in your own living or meeting room – and it is affordable! 

 

The most convenient and affordable training we offer!

How it Works

4 sessions to learn Sociocracy in your group!

  • For groups of 4-8 people – learn together in the same room (real or virtual)
  • Each session combines watching videos and doing exercises together
  • Our curriculum contains:
    • 4 sessions of ~2 hours each, done as a group
    • A total of ~85 minutes worth of video content
    • More than 330 minutes worth of group exercises for your group
    • Pointers to 16+ articles and videos in preparation and enrichment
    • Access to 200+ answers to frequently asked questions about sociocracy (FAQ)
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Coaching between sessions (optional)

Who is this Curriculum for?

  • Experience level: Beginners & intermediate
  • Getting a deep overview and some practical experience
  • This curriculum has been used by members of workplaces, cooperatives, intentional communities, consultants and activists.

See some happy groups in the pictures below!

“Your integrity and passion really came through in the videos and swept us along through this curiously satisfying learning process.  We all seemed to have a warm and positive experience by the end of it. We were mostly strangers before we started, but a wonderful sense of trust, affection and playfulness emerged over these past few weeks.” (Luke, UK)

How Much does it Cost?

Sign Up for ELC

Training sessions

The first Session is an overview of sociocracy and a chance to experience and practice the selection process that we use in sociocracy to fill roles.
  • Meeting preparation
  • Unit A: Introduction
  • Unit B: Meeting format
  • Unit C: Selecting a leader
  • Unit D: Selecting a facilitator
  • Unit E: Selecting a secretary
  • Unit F: Debrief the selection process
  • Unit G: Gather questions
  • Unit H: Meeting evaluation

 

How to write proposals together and how to move them forward to a decision.
  • Meeting preparation
  • Unit I: Opening and answer questions
  • Unit J: Generating a proposal
  • Unit K: Consent decision
  • Unit L: Gather questions
  • Unit M: Meeting evaluation
How we connect people and teams: an overview of circles, roles, and linking.
  • Meeting preparation
  • Unit N: Opening
  • Unit O: Answer questions
  • Unit P: Organizational structure and linking
  • Unit Q: Selection of a delegate
  • Unit R: Organizational structure
  • Unit S: Meeting evaluation
Feedback helps us improve over time – here are some simple ways to make it happen. Make sure to define next steps for your group!
  • Meeting preparation
  • Unit T: Opening
  • Unit U: Circle feedback
  • Unit V: Next steps!
  • Unit W: Gather (and answer) questions
  • Unit X: Meeting evaluation

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Are you the Group Leader or a Group Member?

All Group Members need a Group Leader and the Group Name their Group Leader shared with them in order to sign up.

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Add Coaching for your Group

Do you want extra support on your journey?

Sociocracy For All coaches are experienced guides and personal support for your group.

Note: Coaches meet with 1-2 people from the group between your groups sessions, not during the group sessions. 

We can work together to find out how we can best support you on your Learning Circle journey!

Coaching is $220 per ELC Group.

Specifics around how the coaches time are applied are worked out between the coach and the group.

Sign up for Coaching:

Complete your Signup for  Coaching

More Questions?

How do the 4 sessions work?
  • Before the first session.
    • Make a date! The course requires a group to learn and practice with during the sessions. Get your group of 4-7 people together and schedule a time/date. You can meet virtually or in person.
    • Make sure to invite your group members (see below) so they get access.
  • During the session.
    • All members meet for each session and go through the group exercises together. Each session takes about 2 hours, including all exercises.
    • In a virtual context (zoom, google meet etc.), to watch the session videos together, the easiest is for everyone to be logged into the SoFA curriculum and watch each video at the same time, everyone on their own computer and while being muted. (The other option would be for one person to screen share the video but we find that not everyone has an internet connection that is good enough.)
  • Between sessions.
    • Answering your questions:
      • You can research the questions you’ve gathered in your session in the FAQ.
      • Meet with your coach to support your group in finding the answers in your group. (optional) We recommend getting coaching from our experienced Sociocracy For All coaches. We recommend 4×30 minutes of coaching ($220) alongside with this training.
    • Enjoy the additional materials! (You will receive them in an email.)
    • Read the articles in preparation for the next session. (You will receive them in an email.)
Training Philosophy

Sociocracy For All is a non-profit driven by a mission: making good governance methods available to everyone. We think that better decision-making and inclusion should be the new normal in all places where people come together: schools, businesses, volunteer organizations, schools, clubs, even families! 

To achieve the mission, we work with members and staff to make sociocracy accessible to as many people as possible, without compromising on quality. This ELC course is an example of that. We want to strengthen existing groups and give them the tools and the opportunity to learn together, like a workshop just for your group, on your own schedule, and tailored to your needs. A precursor of this curriculum has been used by dozens of groups, both to give an introduction, prepare an implementation, or to train new people in an already sociocratic organization. 

Coaches - how do we get a coach? (optional)

What’s a coach?

In ELC coaching, you meet with a coach for 30min between sessions. (Depending on scheduling, your whole group can meet with the coach or just 1-2 people from your group).

Your coach will be able to answer your specific questions about sociocracy and in your context, much more tailored to your needs that the FAQ.

How do I find a coach? 

If you’d like to find a coach for your group, you can visit the Sociocracy For All coaching page. ELC coaching is one of the options there. Buy the coaching ticket, and we’ll find a coach for you. 

What happens after this class?

If you’d like to continue with coaching afterward, you can get a regular coaching package on the coaching page

More questions? Email to [email protected]