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Better Collaboration with Sociocracy for Communities. Portland in person half-day workshop

March 23 @ 09:00 13:00

Duration: 4hr | In Person | 2525 N Killingsworth St, Portland, Oregon, United States

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Join us for an eye-opening workshop on sociocracy for communities

Sociocracy is the groundbreaking decision-making method transforming how communities work. In this half-day event, we will delve into the principles and practices of sociocracy, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to revolutionize decision-making within your team.

Sociocracy is a transformative approach that empowers individuals and groups to make better decisions, enhance communication, and foster a sense of ownership and accountability. Attending this workshop will give you valuable insights into the core principles underpinning sociocracy and discover its potential to revolutionize your community and group dynamics.

  • One of the fundamental aspects of sociocracy is consent decision-making. Unlike traditional methods that rely on majority votes or top-down authority, sociocracy ensures that every voice is heard and considered. Through a series of engaging activities and discussions, you will learn how to facilitate consent decision-making processes, enabling your team to achieve genuine agreement and alignment.
  • Another key principle of sociocracy is decentralized power. By distributing authority and responsibility throughout the organization, sociocracy fosters a sense of autonomy and ownership among team members. You will explore practical strategies for implementing decentralized power structures, enabling your team to operate with increased effectiveness, resilience, and creativity.
  • Sociocracy also offers techniques for improving meetings. Say goodbye to long, unproductive meetings that drain your team’s energy and time. Through interactive exercises, you will learn how to facilitate efficient and participatory meetings that foster collaboration and move things along faster while creating trust and connection.
  • By the end of this workshop, you will walk away with an understanding of how what sociocracy is and how it might be useful to your community.

I learned a lot and have a great understanding of the Sociocracy process after the beginners’ class. It was engaging and enjoyable. I appreciate the opportunity to work with folks from many backgrounds through the class exercises.. I am looking forward to continuing my sociocracy education and implementing it in my groups!

Tami Gingrow, Fayette County, Pennsylvania


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Ted Rau is an advocate, trainer and consultant for self-governance. His main focus is sociocracy. After his PhD in linguistics and work in Academia, he co-founded Sociocracy For All and spends his days consulting, teaching and leading the member organization. Ted identifies as a transgender man; he has 5 children between 9 and 18. A German citizen he, has lived in an intentional community in Massachusetts since 2010. He is co-author of two books on self-governance, Many Voices One Song (2018) and Who Decides Who Decides (2021); and Collective power (2023)

I highly recommend this course on consent, objection and facilitation. Ted explains clearly and calmly, the slides are an excellent addition to the book ” many voices, one song” and it’s great to see people from around the world using Sociocracy.

Jackie, Bull City Commons, Durham, NC

Who is this workshop for?

  • People from intentional communities (ecovillage, cohousing and collectives)
  • People interested in living in community


  • Welcome: get to know, and an overview of the day
  • Structure: how does the structure of a community differ from “traditional” structures? What do real communities’ structures look like?
  • Meeting format – Have better and more inclusive meetings!
  • Decision-making: How does consent work? What’s the difference betwen consensus and consent? Consent process (demo + practice). Objections: What if someone is against a proposal?
  • Selections: Choosing candidates by consent: how to choose together who does what (demo)
  • Closing and fare-wells 

This is an in person workshop!

This workshop is being presented in partnership with Cathedral Park Cohousing, a forming community in Portland, OR.

2525 N Killingsworth St
Portland, 97217
United States


Sign up now and join us to find out about a more harmonious and successful way of working together.

$20.00 – $120.00

We care about affordability and ease of access – but we also need to watch for our own livelihood. Please pay what you can afford.

This event is on March 23!


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