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2024 Sociocracy in Nonprofits

navigating change:

Aligning Vision, Values and Structure

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Join us for our first Sociocracy in Nonprofits Mini conference –Navigating Change: Aligning Vision, Values and Structure – we’ll delve into the transformative power of Sociocracy (governance for equivalence via consent-based decision-making) in the nonprofit sector.

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With a focus on aligning vision, values, and structure, this 5-hour event is a must-attend for anyone in the nonprofit sector, including staff, leadership, board members, funders, and even organizational volunteers.

Conference Program

15:00 – 15:10 UTC

Opening – Rhonda Baird

Welcoming and overview of the conference’s agenda.

15:10 – 16:10 UTC

Knowing When Leadership is Ready to Walk Away from HierarchyLeonie Smith

Moving to a flatter, teal and distributed power structure like Sociocracy requires the commitment and trust of leadership to give space for the exploration of organizing work in a different way. Learn what it takes for leaders to assess their readiness for redesign ways of working that go beyond the hierarchies typical of nonprofit organizations. Learn more about what it would take for you, as a leader, or the leader’s supporter, to know if there is enough readiness and willingness.


16:10 – 17:10 UTC

Boards & Bylaws: Implementing Governance AgreementsJerry Koch-Gonzalez

How does sociocracy work at the level of Boards and Management Teams? What does it mean to be a member-run non-profit? What do we write into our bylaws, policies and procedures, rules and regulations, or Governance Agreements? Jerry will review the top-level design of sociocratic nonprofits and the elements key to governance documents, with plenty of time for Q&A.


17:10 – 17:15 UTC


17:15 – 18:00 UTC

Implementing Sociocracy in a Non-profit Start-upJason Schulist

Journey through the practical application of Sociocracy within a nonprofit startup, as exemplified by the Generative Local Community Institute (GLCI).


18:00 – 19:00 UTC

A better world – a better organization – Ted Rau

NGOs want to contribute to a better and more just world. While an NGO’s mission matters, sometimes it happens at the cost of the people inside the organization.


19:00 – 19:05 UTC


19:05 – 19:45 UTC

Final Q&A and how SoFA is going forwardSoFA’s NGO & Nonprofit Circle

We will have some open time for questions either for any panelists who have stayed on, Circle/SOFA members or others registered who are actively implementing Sociocracy. We will have some prepared questions in case there are very few.

19:45 – 20:00 UTC

ClosingSoFA’s NGO & Nonprofit Circle

Final trainings and package information, annual conference promos and goodbye.

Speaker Bios

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Leonie Smith is a first-generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage. She is founder of The Thoughtful Workplace, a coaching, and consultancy practice that uses relational and skill-building approaches to coaching, training and systems development; People of Colour for Nonviolent Communication (POC4NVC), an international network for Black, Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC) who are connected to principles of nonviolence; and Necessary Trouble Collective (NTC) a consultancy and training organisation dedicated to supporting movements, communities and activist groups find harmonious ways of being and working so that they can remain focused on their shared purpose.

She has over 20 years of experience in senior management positions in nonprofit organisations in communications, fundraising and human resources. Leonie is also a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, through the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) and certified Facilitator in Sociocracy, through Sociocracy for All (SoFA) who also consults with organisations looking for people-centred ways to structure their work.

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Jerry Koch-Gonzalez is a founding resident of the 29-year-old Cherry Hill Cohousing community, a co-founder of Sociocracy For All, co-author of Many Voices One Song: Shared Power with Sociocracy, a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, and a certified consultant in sociocracy (egalitarian governance). Jerry has served as president of the Boards of United for A Fair Economy, Class Action, and the Institute for Community Economics, and presently serves on the Boards of the Institute for Peaceable Communities and Cherry Hill Cohousing. And when not working, Jerry likes to sing and swim (not at the same time).

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Jason Schulist is Founder and Chief Flourishing Officer (CFO) of the Generative Local Community Institute ( whose mission is to create and foster patterns for generative local communities in a world that all people flourish to their full potential. He is also the Executive Director of the Fox Valley Data Exchange (, a non-profit that shares publicly available and local data to support health care, public health, and foundations with their community improvement efforts.

Jason Schulist most recently was the Boldt Company’s Vice President of Operational Excellence. Jason has spent his 30+ year professional career in the construction, automotive, utility, and paper industries. He has shepherded three corporate lean transformations sustainably saving over $1B (year over year hard savings).

Jason received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and two Masters’ degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt.

Jason supports Imagine Fox Cities ( and he co-founded CI-Squared ( – the largest continuous improvement volunteer corps in the nation. He has a passion for addressing thorny community problems and helping each person flourish into their unique potential.

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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 the membership organization Sociocracy For All in 2016 which has since grown to 250 members with several international and topic-focused departments and action teams. Ted spends his days consulting with mission-driven organizations, teaching and deeply immersed in the work as a member within Sociocracy For All. Ted identifies as a transgender man; he has 5 children between 10 and 20. A German citizen, he has lived in Massachusetts since 2010. He is (co)-author of three books on self-governance, Many Voices One Song (2018), Who Decides Who Decides (2021), and Collective Power (2023) and working on a book on the interface between governance and wisdom. 


for the Sociocracy in Nonprofits Conference 2024

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General Admission – Full Program

This ticket gives you access to all live conference talks on March 21, 2024

Ticket price $80

We are committed to affordability.

Given the vast inequality on our world, affordability is something we care about. If you would like to attend our conference but have a hard time affording the ticket, you can contact [email protected] to get a discount.

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This conference is possible thanks to Sociocracy For All‘s members and donors.

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The Sociocracy in Nonprofits Conference 2024 is organized sociocratically by SoFA’s NGO & Nonprofits Circle

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