Session 2

The second session provides an overview of sociocratic principles. It then guides you through the elements of a sociocratic policy circle meeting. You will also start learning about how to make policy by doing the first and second step: picture forming and gathering. After this session, in any meeting you are a part of, you will be able to:

  • Encourage any group to use the essential meeting parts from sociocracy (check-in, administrative, consent to agenda, content items, meeting evaluation/check-out)
  • Large decisions can be made in a group process using picture forming and proposal shaping.

Sociocratic tools you will know about after this session (in all sessions completed so far):

Session 2 preparation (optional)

activityreference materialest. time
PrintPackage session 2
Meeting formatReading on meeting format15 min
Generating proposals
Reading on picture forming and proposal shaping15 min
Generating proposals
Video on picture forming and proposal shaping15 min
Reading in Many Voices One SongSections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, print version p. 177-19420 min
Reading in Many Voices One SongSections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 (first part), print version p. 91-10820 min

Session video

Session 2 activities (total meeting time: 90min)

activityreference materialest. time
check-invideo (then facilitator for rounds)10 min
administrativevideo10 min
why sociocracy?
outline of ELC
video20 min
meeting formatvideo (see decision-making sheet in handout)10 min
picture formingvideo (see handout)15 min
proposal piecesvideo (see handout)15 min
meeting evaluationvideo (facilitator for rounds)
write down all questions, and make sure you have dimensions and proposal pieces recorded! (if working on a flipchart: take a picture)
10 min

Session 2 enrichment (optional)

Session 2 follow-up with coach

activityreference materialest. time
meet with coach: leaderFor groups that have booked a coach: put your feedback into the form. You will then receive an email to make a new appointment to talk about session 2 and to prepare session 3.30min