Historically, sociocracy has often been practiced with Nonviolent Communication (NVC). This is a connection that is strong within SoFA as well. For example, the handbook Many Voices One Song meshed sociocracy and NVC on all levels. For this reason, we have compiled a collection of nonviolent communication workshops and trainings. It is a content area that Sociocracy For All is intending to grow. (Historically, we have focused on sociocracy and taken work on communication skills for granted but we realized that we need to be more active in spreading those as well.)
Sociocracy and NVC implicitly share some basic assumptions and values: non-coercion, self-organisation, learning and effectiveness as a measure, and a holistic and system view. In addition, NVC complements sociocracy supporting effectiveness. Meanwhile, Sociocracy can codify and turn into systems practices that NVC can address.
Of course, sociocracy can be combined with other frameworks and practices that enhance our awareness of each other and make it easier and more effective to communicate with each other. After all, sociocracy requires a commitment to feedback, and therefore anything that helps being effective in giving and receiving feedback will help governance.
What is nonviolent communication?
Nonviolent communication (also knowns as NVC, or compassionate communication) is a framework for understanding and communicating in an a way that supports deeper connection. It was was created by Marshal Rosenburg. It emphasizes understanding and in some cases sharing about the emotional experience in relation to what happened between us.
Nonviolent communication online training
Find an upcoming non violent communication course online
3 x 2h online class on non-violent communication with focus on governance. Saying what’s really going on with integrity, while being open to hearing the other person’s truth.
Taught by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication®.
Self-paced nonviolent communication video training
Would you rather go through the NVC training on your own? You can!
This is a set of pre-recorded videos for you to watch – with integrated group exercises woven into the videos.
Nonviolent communication resources
Nonviolent communication feelings and needs list
In NVC feelings and needs are key concepts. Looking for an NVC feelings and needs reference?
Download the nonviolent communication pdf for a list of feelings and needs or read the article on how to use a list of NVC feelings ad needs!
Nonviolent communication articles and videos
What is nonviolent communication, and how do you use it? NVC is a method of communication. Read this article for steps for using NVC.
This webinar recording on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and sociocracy with children is from May 14, 2022. Are you tired of conflicts over chores? Or are you having trouble managing a rowdy classroom? Sociocracy and Non-Violent Communication are complementary systems that support emotional intelligence and collaborative decision-making. These systems provide tools to help parents and teachers…
Learn about where non-violent communication (nvc) and sociocracy converge for our three panelists and why you should use them together.
Sociocracy and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) are often used together. For a good reason! The essence of Nonviolent Communication is “Everyone’s needs matter”. The essence of sociocracy is “Every voice matters” – sounds pretty similar, doesn’t it? In this article, I want to show how they share the same foundation and how they complement each other.…
Conflict as a tension to steer by The unwritten rules in many groups are clear: Be nice, avoid conflict at all costs and, if a conflict arises, see it as a “personal problem” of one perhaps problematic individual. In sociocracy, we have the opportunity to see things differently. A conflict or individual’s strong feelings can…
5 Ways you’re already using restorative practices and how to become even more restorative when using sociocracy “Don’t tell anyone else we’ve trained, but this is by far the most restorative school I’ve ever seen.” I was shocked to hear that from the restorative practices trainer who visited our school. At the time,…
What can circles and organizations do to prevent and address conflict? What is institutional support for conflict resolution? We look at tools like governance agreements, conflict resolution circles, resolution groups, and how to exclude someone from a circle.
By Francine Proulx-Kenzle. Think of psychological safety as creating a safe space, a safe bubble, where a team member feels confident that no one on the team will embarrass or punish anyone else for admitting a mistake, asking a question or offering a new idea. Psychological safety helps individuals feel safe enough to broaden their minds and explore new ways of looking at the world at their own pace and style. Fostered by the Sociocratic Circle Method, this feeling of safety shows up in positive mental health and well-being for each team member.
A presentation by Nara Pais and Tanya Stergiou. At Sociocracia Brasil, we soon found out that implementing Sociocracy entails a cultural change and a special attention to people and relations within the organization. Thus, for the past 4 years or so, we have been developing what we call Relational Mode, side-by-side to Governance and Operational modes. Check out how we have evolved in this ongoing research.