Working with a sociocracy consultant
We offer just the level of hand-holding you want.
By working with a coach, you can benefit from the experience and feedback of someone who has seen dozens of implementations and governance changes.
We never forget that you’re the expert on your organization and culture, and you remain in the driving seat at all times.
What does a consultant or coach do for you?
The consultants identify the stage of implementation your organization is currently at and assess your organization’s needs. They also assess with you what kind of support might be useful to make your next steps effective and successful
Services that are typically part of an implementation:
- assessing training needs
- forming, coaching, and strategizing with the implementation circle/transformation team
- observing and facilitating meetings
- 1:1. or small-group conversations with stakeholders (the board, leadership, or people with concerns) and open Q&A sessions (e.g. for the whole membership or staff)
- Holding and facilitating “kick-off” events – we help you set up the first circles and the General Circle. This can be, for example, a two-day event with deeper training, formal adoption, and “flipping the switch” into your new governance system.
- Designing your circle structure and key roles, as well as documenting your governance system (see our samples and templates)
- Aligning your documents and bylaws with sociocracy
How to find a consultant that fits your needs
Experience & Sector
Language & Geography
Chemistry & Culture
You need a consultant that has the experience you’re looking for and understands your sector. We are connected to consultants from a wide variety of sectors like business, nonprofits, co-op, intentional community, schools.
If in-person support is crucial for your needs, it’s essential to consider the geographical aspect. Additionally, language plays a significant role, and we are connected with consultants proficient in a wide array of languages to cater to your requirements
The magic ingredient is chemistry! Looking under the hood in an organization and having open conversations about power and performance requires trust. You want to work with someone you like and trust.
Picking a consultant
With SoFA, you have two options:
Work with a SoFA consultants
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✔ more choices, languages, places
✔ some consultants in the network might be able to work with lower rates
Amherst, MA, USA
Ted is an advocate, trainer and consultant for self-governance with sociocracy. After his PhD in linguistics, he encountered peer-oriented governance systems and became curious about ways of organizing grassroots groups effectively yet equitably. He is co-founder and Executive Director (leader of the General Circle) of Sociocracy For All. Ted identifies as a transgender man; he has 5 children between 10 and 20. He is a German citizen and moved to the US in 2010.
Ted is the author of Who Decides Who Decides (2021) and Collective Power (2023), and co-author of the sociocracy reference manual Many Voices One Song (2018). Read his articles on the SoFA page, on medium an in this LinkedIn Newsletter.
His experience is with business, nonprofits, academia, and multi-stakeholder organizations.
Chiclana de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain
Consultant and trainer in Sociocracy. Full-time staff in Sociocracy For All in several of the International Circles and the Operational leader of Sociocracia Práctica.
Consultora y formadora en Sociocracia. Ella trabaja para Sociocracy For All en varios de los Círculos Internacionales. Nora es la Coordinadora de Sociocracia Práctica.
Based in Amherst MA, USA
Languages: English, Spanish
Jerry has been committed to nonviolent social change all his adult life. He started his career with anti-oppression (especially classism), then became a certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication/NVC, facilitation, consensus. In the last 10 years, he has focused on his work in sociocracy. Jerry used to be part of The Sociocracy Consulting Group, and he is co-founder of Sociocracy For All where he now works full time. Jerry was born in Cuba and immigrated to the USA as a child. He has lived in community all of his life, since 1994 in Pioneer Valley Cohousing.
Working with SoFA’s consultants
Full-service implementation, remote and in person
Training on all levels
Sectors: business, nonprofit workplaces
English, Spanish, German
Tier 1: $120/hour
Tier 2: $200/hour
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Jerry finds joy supporting effective, egalitarian organizing in service of human and planetary needs. He believes we can work together with shared meaning and purpose towards a vision of a world-wide cooperative economy that is inclusive and regenerative. Jerry does coaches and consults for individual and organizational development in the areas of governance, decision-making, and communication skills. He is a CNVC-certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication and founder of New England NVC. He has taught sociocracy since 2006. He was certified as a consultant by The Sociocracy Group in 2013 and by the International Sociocracy Certification Board (ISCB) in 2019. Jerry co-founded Sociocracy For All in 2016 with his life and work partner Ted Rau. Jerry Koch-Gonzalez was born in Cuba and moved to New York City when he was eight. Jerry describes his life as living on the bridge between middle class and working class, Latino and white, heterosexual and gay, Catholic and atheist/Buddhist. Having observed how class background affects the capacity to dream and the societal impact of wealth concentration, Jerry seeks to bridge connections among all people seeking greater equity. He currently lives with Ted and his family in the sociocratically run 29-year-old Cherry Hill Cohousing community.
John has a life-long career working to improve the workplace. This began member of an independent student labor union, the now defunct Memorial Union Labor Organization on the UW-Madison Campus, and continued for 26 years at the taxicab cooperative, Union Cab of Madison as a director and manager. While at Union Cab, he worked with other members to flatten hierarchy and help create space for more members’ voices in the decision-making process. He also came to recognize that traditional meeting practices create useless and unnecessary antagonistic relationships.
Over the last ten or so years, John has worked with the larger co-op movement as a founding member, director, and president of the US Federation of Worker Co-ops, a founding member and governor of the Democracy at Work Network, and graduate student research assistant as a graduate student in co-op management at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax where he earned a Masters in Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions and is a Ph.D. Candidate in management. His research work included the development of the Co-op Index Report, a tool to measure a co-operatives expression of cooperative values and principles. Currently John works full-time as a cooperative developer for the Northwest Cooperative Development Center in Olympia, WA engaging with a diverse group of co-operatives as well as leading NWCDC’s Co-operative Academy. John teaches on cooperative management in Presidio Graduate School’s Seattle campus in the spring and The Evergreen State College in the summer. John first learned of Sociocracy at NWCDC which has partnered with Jerry Koch-Gonzalez for conference workshops. John embraced Sociocracy as a governance model that engages the cooperative identity especially the ethical values of openness and honesty. He joined the first cohort of the Sociocracy Leadership Training program and now includes units on Sociocracy in his courses and the academy. He encourages all clients to at least consider the model for their co-operatives as well and hopes to see it grow throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Harris thinks you can learn as much about a person from their failures as their successes. Particularly so when their successes are very rare. In the past 20 years, Harris has demonstrably failed in the most convincing manner to create a better world as he originally set out to do when he first blu-tacked a poster of Che Guevara in his student room. He has been consistently disappointed by formal education but at least he took his own back by dropping out of a PhD scholarship just at the point when he was meant to be finishing. His lack of academic ambition recommended him to deeply insecure professors who dreaded being surpassed by their brilliant students and he found himself working as a university researcher. Before that he had found some ephemeral satisfaction in public service but soon the financial crisis came and thankfully the bad public service was duly sacrificed to the altar of saving the nice banks. Harris studied psychology and sociology and consequently he cannot be relied on to do anything practical around the house other than cook vegetarian meals. He would have preferred to have studied about being a good person, enjoying life and respecting and caring for others. He realised that this kind of education you have to get for yourself in institutions that actually have values beyond the number of zeros in their cash reserves. Which is how he found sociocracy. Harris thinks he is loved by his partner and friends but suspects they only stay close because he does the cooking. Please get in touch on Medium and Twitter: @Harri_Kaloudis – but not if you are looking for someone to do the cooking
Language: EspañolPierre is a transition trainer and facilitator that one day started asking if there was a better alternative to the majority and minority principle to decide. He got in touch with sociocracy, falling in love quite immediately.
Living in Italy, where sociocracy was barely known yet and “Socio… what?” was the typical reaction, he surfed the web in search of information, training, coaching, books, videos. When he came across Sociocracy For All, he was excited right away. He was the first to sign for the SoFA newsletter once it was out and became an early collaborator and member of SoFA. He is amazed to see the dream of SoFA growing and growing; he feels it is just the right place to be.Thanks to the training he could access through the internet and the experience and support in SoFA, he started to give Introductory presentations and Workshops on Sociocracy and with the growing experience to consult and train organizations that want to implement it. In his dreams, there is a network of Italian Sociocracy trainers and facilitators, connected with the wider international network, that uses Sociocracy in synergy with other tools to support Autonomous · Equivalent · Interdependent · Individuals to build the most beautiful world they know is possible.
Karen Peitzmeier joined the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows team in June of 2005 as Internal Coordinator and the Illinois Cooperative Development Center in 2016. She has an MA in Leisure Studies from Oklahoma State University and a BS in Recreation and Park Administration from Western Illinois University.
As the Internal Coordinator, her responsibilities include recruitment of prospective Fellows, placement of on campus and local graduate assistantships, training development and coordination. Karen also assists with internship supervision and community recruitment.
Karen joined the Illinois Cooperative Development Center as a Cooperative Development Specialist in 2016. She specializes in developing leadership skills within groups and assists with board formation, membership organization and facilitating group dynamics.
Karen served as the Program Coordinator for Horn Field Campus of WIU for nine years and has training in wilderness and environmental education, therapeutic recreation and small group dynamics. She has served as an environmental education consultant to the Partners of America Illinois-Sao Paulo Brazil chapter. She has a passion for rock climbing, kayaking and delights in visiting new and interesting places.