Narara Ecovillage

Location: Australia
Organization: ecovillage
Size: 170 people

Narara Ecovillage is a sustainable community based near Sydney, Australia which is managed by the Narara Ecovillage cooperative. We are building a thriving diverse community of all ages, in an ecovillage which is funded by current and future residents and includes entrepreneurial business activities.
The first Sociocracy training was in 2008 and the circle structure has been evolving since then: a 4 tier circle structure which includes – a Board of Directors; Steering Circle; Land, Community, Business and Infrastructure teams and smaller, more specific circles. You will hear a range of voices talking about the journey of implementing sociocracy including what has been learned, what has be challenging and what has been achieved.

Further SoFA Reading

The ABCDE of culture change

The ABCDE of culture change

“I remember the first time I noticed meetings there were different. It was one of those moments when you say something and then notice it is true when I heard myself say: “I am leaving the meeting more refreshed than I came, more inspired and feeling more connected to everyone in this group.” That was the moment I realized this is much bigger than just a way to make decisions. Feeling more connected and getting things done, that was new to me.”

How could Sociocracy help us reinvent our world in a context of complexity?

How could Sociocracy help us reinvent our world in a context of complexity?

Never had there been so much complexity in our world, even before Corona. Running organisations was proving increasingly difficult due to the complexity they were operating under. Partly this was because the methods we were using were never designed to run organisations in complexity. Leadership in complexity requires a completely different set of tools from conventional leadership. VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) also demands a completely different mindset.