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Why Sociocracy For All
(SoFA)?

Learn and evolve

We offer the whole spectrum of training, coaching and consulting: training on all levels, immersion programs, peer learning among and a one-year advanced program.

Membership organization

We are a membership organization with more than 120 members worldwide with several language groups and circles on topics like cooperatives, communities, permaculture etc.

Social change mission

We think that sociocracy is one of the tools that will make our world more beautiful. That’s why we’re committed to spreading it all over the world. Read our social justice statement.

Real people, peer approach

We hold pride in being approachable, genuine and willing to give it all we have. We are also non-competitive and value-oriented.

What we do and why – explained in 40 seconds

SoFA Mission and Aims

Vision

A world where people are organized in a Sociocratic way ( = no one is ignored ) to meet needs.

Mission

To make resources for learning and implementing Sociocracy accessible to everyone.

Aims

  • Spreading sociocracy with accessible, educational and inspirational materials about sociocracy (articles, videos, webinars, social media) (primarily CC BY-SA-NC license) and through training and consulting. (Content Circles)
  • Networking and supporting the sociocracy world, including SoFA members, sociocratic practitioners and promoters, and regional and language-oriented groups. (Ecosystem and International Circles)
  • Providing SoFA infrastructure and administrative systems so that there is ease in running the organization. (Membership Circles)

    SoFA Circle structure

    Impact report

    Read what we’re most proud of from the year 2020/2021

    Partnerships

    The Cohousing Association of the United States

    The Cohousing Association of the United States is a national nonprofit supporting cohousing communities in changing our world. Spreading the word about cohousing shifts the culture toward a new American dream where every home is surrounded by caring, collaborative neighbors who use less of the earth’s resources while living an abundant life.

    Systems Change Alliance

    Systems Change Alliance connects the dots between individuals, groups and organizations working in different fields to collaborate, educate, advocate and implement positive systemic change. We act in three core areas: environment, society and economy, and aim to advocate political, ecological and economic reforms, by organizing movements, workshops and conferences; publishing articles and newsletters; conducting research and developing policy proposals.

    Foundation for Intentional Community

    The mission of the Foundation for Intentional Community is to support and promote the development of intentional communities as pathways towards a more cooperative, sustainable and just world, to make intentional community accessible to all those who seek it and to serve intentional communities and spread their solutions.

    Next GENNA

    NextGEN is a youth initiative born out of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). There are NextGEN groups in all 5 regions of GEN – including Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
    By hosting educational events and reaching out to student groups, our Sustainability Educators share their extensive knowledge in all aspects of communal regenerative living.

    New Economy Coalition

    The New Economy Coalition (NEC) is a network of organizations imagining and building a future where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive. Together, we are creating deep change in our economy and politics—placing power in the hands of people and uprooting legacies of harm—so that a fundamentally new system can take root.

    Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC)

    Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory  is a U.S.-based network of regional and national leaders who use systemic and collaborative approaches to help communities become more thriving and resilient.

    Youth Power Coalition

    The Youth Power Coalition consists of youth leaders and adult allies building a movement for youth-led collective impact.

    Youth Power Coalition

    Governance Alive

    Governance Alive offers training and consulting in the area of sociocracy too! 

    Prosocial.world

    Prosocial World (PW) is a non-profit organization that seeks to evolve a more prosocial world. Inspired by scientists, we take the word “evolve” seriously, basing our methods on the most recent developments in evolutionary, complex systems, and contextual behavioral science to enhance cooperation and inspire positive change for the well-being of others. Prosocial World is built upon its own Core Design Principles, fostering polycentric governance.  

    Prosocial world

    Wondering School

    Wondering School is a project that investigates and supports the practice of a liberating education. Wondering School produced the documentary about sociocracy schools in the Netherlands, School Circles

    wondering school

    Cohousing Options Canada

    Cohousing Options Canada is a 360º non-profit cohousing consultancy that assembles all the different ingredients needed to build happy, healthy, and sustainable cohousing communities. 

    cohousing options Canada

    The Sociocracy Movement

    Sociocracy has been driven by a vision of social change from the beginning, a thread that continues in the present. Since Gerard Endenburg, sociocracy has been merging ideas from the Quakers (everyone’s voice matters), engineering (feedback loops and continuous improvement) as well as natural systems (nesting of semi-autonomous systems).

    Since the early days, sociocracy has grown, has been blended with other methods, and yet, the core is still the same: a non-coersive system that is based on trust and empowerment as well as equality.

     

    SoFA is well-connected with other players in the field, from some regional centers, related branches, as well as holacracy and other teal practitioners and trainers.

    We are striving to contribute to a pluralist, cooperative learning community that embodies the values of sociocracy: helping each other, appreciating differences and finding the both-and in a non-competitive way.

    (For more information on the movement, read Sociocracy. The movement.)

    Sociocracy For All History

    • 2016: the founders made videos and led four cycles of the Sociocracy Leadership Training (SoLT) program.
    • 2017: the founders wrote a book (Many Voices One Song), started the Empowered Learning Circles (study groups), led three more cycles of SoLT, and redesigned SoFA as a member organization with multiple circles (teams) of volunteers.
    • 2018: we strengthened and expanded our circle organization and launched an advanced training program, the Sociocracy Academy.
    • 2019: we strengthen the SoFA infrastructure and ease replicability (making our resources easier to copy, use, and adapt, and in multiple languages and multiple sectors.
    • 2020: more building of much-needed infrastructure. Hired more people. Made it through the ups the downs due to covid!
    • 2021: Published Who Decides Who Decides and Let’s decide together; launching more Communities of Practice

    Who works in SoFA?

    SoFA has more than 150 members volunteering their time, and it gains about a 1-2 members per week.
    Below you can see the SoFA members on staff or in paid part-time roles.

    More volunteer members are on the map!

    CJ O’Reilly

    CJ O’Reilly

    A passionate communitarian and avid systems thinker, CJ was drawn to Asheville, North Carolina by the rich Appalachian community ecosystem. Communities he participates as an organi...Read More

    CJ O’Reilly

    CJ O’Reilly

    A passionate communitarian and avid systems thinker, CJ was drawn to Asheville, North Carolina by the rich Appalachian community ecosystem. Communities he participates as an organizer in include: the sociocratically governed Asheville Movement Collective ecstatic dance community, Earthaven Eco-Village, Firefly Earthskills Gathering (Board Member), Asheville Contact Improvisation community, Everland COmmunity Space, and others.

    Asheville,North Carolina,United States,28806
    Nora Plaza

    Nora Plaza

    Leader of Sociocracia Práctica

    I enjoy working with people and I am amazed by all the capacities that exist within the human being. This and my confidence that we can be much happier if we move to more collabora...Read More

    Nora Plaza

    Nora Plaza

    Leader of Sociocracia Práctica

    I enjoy working with people and I am amazed by all the capacities that exist within the human being. This and my confidence that we can be much happier if we move to more collaborative systems is what has always driven me to work accompanying groups and organizations in the way they are organized.
    I am a certified Consultant with organizations and a Sociocracy trainer. I give training in the international online programs ProPS  (Sociocratic Deepening and Practice) and  FS  (Sociocratic Facilitation), in addition to other training and accompaniment in face-to-face and online modalities.
    I am part of the Mission Circle of  Sociocracy For All, an organization for which I work and in which I coordinate the Spanish-speaking area: Sociocracia Práctica. I am also a teacher and mentor at the Academia de Sociocracia .

    Disfruto trabajando con las personas y me sorprende todas las capacidades que hay dentro del ser humano. Esto y mi confianza en que podemos ser mucho más felices si transitamos a sistemas más colaborativos es lo que me ha impulsado siempre a trabajar acompañando grupos y organizaciones en la manera en la que se organizan.
    Soy Consultora certificada con organizaciones y formadora de Sociocracia. Doy formaciones en los programas internacionales on line ProPS (Profundización y Práctica Sociocrática) y FS (Facilitación Sociocrática), además de otras formaciones y acompañamientos en modalidades presenciales y on line.
    Soy parte del círculo de Misión de Sociocracy For All, organización para la que trabajo y en la que coordino el área hispanohablante: Sociocracia Práctica. También soy profesora y mentora en la Academia de Sociocracia.

    Cadiz,Spain
    Zujeil Flores

    Zujeil Flores

    Philadelphia,PA,United States
    Pamela Carmona

    Pamela Carmona

    Contenido, Outreach, Website

    Navegando entre el activismo, la radio y la sociocracia. Me interesa principalmente llevar la autogestión al ámbito del activismo para construir movimiento sociales más fuertes ...Read More

    Pamela Carmona

    Pamela Carmona

    Contenido, Outreach, Website

    Navegando entre el activismo, la radio y la sociocracia. Me interesa principalmente llevar la autogestión al ámbito del activismo para construir movimiento sociales más fuertes y duraderos. Soy parte de Radio Nopal, una radio independiente en CDMX y hablo de resistencias sociales en el programa Defensa Personal.

    Mexico
    Alexander Davidson Carroll

    Alexander Davidson Carroll

    Website Circle
    USA
    Ted Rau

    Ted Rau

    SoFA Operational leader

    Ted spends most of his time training and consulting in sociocracy and leading SoFA as an organization. Ted is co-author of the sociocracy handbook Many Voices, One Song. He enjoys ...Read More

    Ted Rau

    Ted Rau

    SoFA Operational leader

    Ted spends most of his time training and consulting in sociocracy and leading SoFA as an organization. Ted is co-author of the sociocracy handbook Many Voices, One Song. He enjoys writing articles, and teaching meeting facilitation. People and their universal need to connect and move things are at the center of his attention. He pays attention to the co-housing movement, transgender rights, and non-violent communication.

    Outside of SoFA work, Ted is a parent of 5, former linguist, and singer-songwriter. His first career was in Academia where he worked in syntax/semantics and pragmatics -- and the big question of what's a fact from a linguistic perspective. Within the last few years, his life has changed in big ways. He worked full time, then spent 3 years as a stay-at-home homeschooling parent, now is back to working full time again. In the same time frame, he's done his gender transition.

    The training in linguistics taught Ted to find patterns that work well for the human mind, to work empirically, and break things down so they can be understood. Being a parent of 5 had taught him to be extremely pragmatic... maybe this earned him the label of being a "manifestor"; at the end of the day, dinner must be on the table no matter whether the new vision statement is done!

    Publications:

    Books

    Articles (not including external and republished articles)

    Booking Ted 

    • Ted is available for consulting and coaching, preferably in workplaces (nonprofit or for-profit) and national, multi-stakeholder organizations.
    • Ted teaches meeting facilitation and general sociocracy.
    • He lives in Amherst MA and travels internationally.

    More on coaching

    Amherst,Massachusetts,United States,01002
    Sanket Bihari

    Sanket Bihari

    Hi! My name is Sanket and I am very curious about social technologies capable of improving the individual's relationship with himself, with the people around him and also with the ...Read More

    Sanket Bihari

    Sanket Bihari

    Hi! My name is Sanket and I am very curious about social technologies capable of improving the individual's relationship with himself, with the people around him and also with the environment in which he is inserted. My first contact with new technologies was with the permaculture movement and Dragon Dreaming. I got to know Nonviolent Communication, I dived more and I came across Otto Scharmer's Theory U, the TEAL movement inspired by the book Reinventing the Organizations of Frederic Laloux, which even co-facilitated a study group, and then I fell in love with the tools of agile self-management (Scrum) and Sociocracy. Today I am part of the Sociocracia Brasil and Regenera collectives and I am attending Sociocracy Academy through SoFA.

    Oi! Meu nome é Sanket e eu sou uma grande curiosa de tecnologias sociais capazes de melhoras as relações do indivíduo com si mesmo, com as pessoas ao seu redor e também com o meio ambiente em que está inserido. Meu primeiro contato com as novas tecnologias foi com o movimento de permacultura e o Dragon Dreaming. Conheci a Comunicação não violenta, mergulhei mais e me deparei com a Teoria U de Otto Scharmer, o movimento TEAL inspirado no livro Reinventando as Organizações de Frederic Laloux, o qual inclusive co-facilitei um grupo de estudos, e então me apaixonei pelas ferramentas de auto-gestão ágeis (Scrum) e pela Sociocracia. Hoje faço parte dos coletivos Sociocracia Brasil, Regenera e estou cursando a Sociocracy Academy pelo SoFA.

    Såo Paolo,Brazil
    Eric Tolson Solis

    Eric Tolson Solis

    Sociocracia Práctica

    Eric currently resides in Mexico City, where he is originally from. Whilst studying highschool in the United States, he became engaged in social movements, particularly with the co...Read More

    Eric Tolson Solis

    Eric Tolson Solis

    Sociocracia Práctica

    Eric currently resides in Mexico City, where he is originally from. Whilst studying highschool in the United States, he became engaged in social movements, particularly with the cooperative movement and with alternative economies more broadly. Ever since, he has been dedicated to the construction, connection, and strengthening of self-managed organizations as a life project and as a political venture. He graduated from SoFA’s first SoLT cycle, where he first encountered sociocracy. Eric sees sociocracy as a handy tool in the development of self-managed organizations, but also as part of a radical cultural shift: learning to relate to one another in emancipatory and anti-oppressive fashion, as peers. He likes to think that the success of our species relies on good teamwork, and therefore aspires to get to know, practice, and spread the best praxis for collaboration. With inclinations towards the humorous and a strong commitment to liberation, Eric holds workshops in the Valley of México, is a member of Sociocracia Práctica and co-translator of the sociocracy manual Many Voices One Song. A good friend of paradoxes, Eric identifies as a Professional Anarchist. Some of his main interests are: popular pedagogies, gender, philosophy, creative storytelling, complexity/systems thinking and ultimate frisbee.

    Eric actualmente habita la Ciudad de México, de donde es oriundo. Mientras estudiaba la preparatoria en Estados Unidos se involucró profundamente en movimientos sociales, particularmente el movimiento cooperativista y el de economías alternativas en general. Desde entonces se ha dedicado a la construcción, vinculación y fortalecimiento de organizaciones autogestivas como proyecto de vida y como apuesta política. Se graduó del primer ciclo de SoLT de SoFA, donde conoció la sociocracia. Eric ve la sociocracia como una herramienta útil en el desarrollo de organizaciones autogestivas, pero también como parte de un cambio cultural radical: aprender a relacionarnos de forma emancipatoria y anti-opresiva con nuestro prójimo. Le gusta pensar que el éxito de nuestra especie depende del buen trabajo en equipo, y por tanto aspira a conocer, practicar y difundir las mejores praxis de colaboración. Con inclinaciones hacia lo lúdico y un severo compromiso a la liberación, Eric es tallerista en el Valle de México, miembro de Sociocracia Práctica y co-traductor del manual en sociocracia Muchas Voces Una Canción. Amigo de las paradojas, Eric se identifica como Anarquista Profesional. Algunos de sus principales intereses son: las pedagogías populares, las relaciones/estudios de género, la filosofía, la creatividad narrativa, la complejidad/teoría de sistemas y el ultimate frisbee.

    Eric's articles

    Mexico City,Mexico
    Abbie Kempson

    Abbie Kempson

    SoFA coop circle

    Passionate about co-operative working and building social justice into the heart of our organisations, Abbie has a long-held interest in participatory processes for collective deci...Read More

    Abbie Kempson

    Abbie Kempson

    SoFA coop circle

    Passionate about co-operative working and building social justice into the heart of our organisations, Abbie has a long-held interest in participatory processes for collective decision making and action. She was drawn to sociocracy for its practical approach to supporting democratic self-governance and its synergy with the core values of co-operation - from the self-help and self-responsibility of organising collectively to actively contribute to solving problems and improving our lives (whether in work, co-housing, activism, community organising), to supporting equality (one member one voice), equity (fairness through meeting the needs of all who engage) and solidarity.

    Member of Unicorn Grocery worker co-op, where she has helped integrate sociocratic practice into the co-op’s governance structure, and with a background in community development and education, she has many years of experience of delivering training in meeting facilitation and consent and consensus decision making. Abbie is trained as a Barefoot Co-op and Community Business Development Practitioner and is currently appointed as an adviser to the UK Co-operative Governance Expert Reference Panel.

    Manchester,United Kingdom
    Mikel Alzate

    Mikel Alzate

    training coordination

    Soy una persona consciente de que estamos en un momento de gran crisis en la humanidad. Aun así, soy optimista con el futuro, ya que creo que este solo es un estadio de la conscie...Read More

    Mikel Alzate

    Mikel Alzate

    training coordination

    Soy una persona consciente de que estamos en un momento de gran crisis en la humanidad. Aun así, soy optimista con el futuro, ya que creo que este solo es un estadio de la consciencia necesario para la madurez humana. Estamos en un punto de inflexión, donde mientras un sistema viejo muero uno nuevo esta emergiendo... Quiero ser parte de este nuevo mundo.

    Mexico
    Brian Tohana

    Brian Tohana

    Social Media
    Brian Tohana

    Brian Tohana

    Social Media
    Cost Rica
    Wendy Pearle

    Wendy Pearle

    Supporting Member

    Wendy is a mother, a partner, a friend, a neighbour, a midwife and an advocate for intentional community living and sociocracy! She has been hosting a weekly Wednesday night potluc...Read More

    Wendy Pearle

    Wendy Pearle

    Supporting Member

    Wendy is a mother, a partner, a friend, a neighbour, a midwife and an advocate for intentional community living and sociocracy! She has been hosting a weekly Wednesday night potluck dinner at her home since 2007. They are never canceled, and they even occur (in her home) when she can’t attend. Her neighbours really know each other and help each other out. She is building community one meal at a time, with close to 600 potlucks since the beginning. She is also a co-founder of a forming co-housing group in the Kitchener-Waterloo region in Ontario, Canada.

    Kitchener,Canada
    Andy Grant

    Andy Grant

    Information Service Specialist for SoFA

    Andy has a background in information service with nonprofits. He is passionate about healthy food access, seeking to introduce sociocracy to food co-ops and a regional mobile marke...Read More

    Andy Grant

    Andy Grant

    Information Service Specialist for SoFA

    Andy has a background in information service with nonprofits. He is passionate about healthy food access, seeking to introduce sociocracy to food co-ops and a regional mobile market initiative. He is also engaged in a dialog with his Quaker community to demonstrate the compatibility of sociocracy with work at the committee level.

    Andy's learning about sociocracy is ongoing, starting with SoLT #1 and continuing with the SoFA Academy. Professionally, he is in a half-time staff role with SoFA.

    By avocation, Andy is a photographer who is feeling drawn to painting. He lives with his partner Mona in a cohousing community and has two young-adult children.

    110 Pulpit Hill Rd,Amherst,MA,United States,01002
    Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

    Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

    Leader of training/consulting circle

    Imagine a world where people enjoy working equitably together to meet personal and planetary needs. Jerry helps companies and organizations implement sociocracy to create adaptive ...Read More

    Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

    Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

    Leader of training/consulting circle

    Imagine a world where people enjoy working equitably together to meet personal and planetary needs. Jerry helps companies and organizations implement sociocracy to create adaptive and effective organizations where all members’ voices matter. He is a consultant and certified trainer in both Dynamic Governance/ Sociocracy and Compassionate Communication (NVC).

    He has been a Board member of the Institute for Community Economics, United for a Fair Economy and Class Action, and a trainer with Movement for a New Society, the National Coalition Building Institute, DiversityWorks, Cambridge Youth Peace & Justice Corps, Lesley College Center for Peaceable Schools, Boston College Center for Social Justice, the Association for Resident Controlled Housing, and Spirit in Action.

    Jerry is a founding and current resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, a 21-year old community in Amherst MA that has been successfully using sociocracy (aka Dynamic Governance) for the last 6 years.

    Amherst,MA,USA
    Lea Shani

    Lea Shani

    International Circle, SoFHe

    Lea Shani is the operational leader of SoFHe Circle (Sociocracy for Hebrew), Leader of the international circle of SoFA, dedicated to teaching and implementing Sociocracy in Hebr...Read More

    Lea Shani

    Lea Shani

    International Circle, SoFHe
    Lea Shani is the operational leader of SoFHe Circle (Sociocracy for Hebrew), Leader of the international circle of SoFA, dedicated to teaching and implementing Sociocracy in Hebrew and in Israel.
    Lea is operating Ecolibri an educational platform for regenerative living, offering retreats, environmental social studies, coaching service and online trainings.
    שלום , שמי ליאה שני אני המנהיגה האופרטיבית של סופי (סוציוקרטיה פעילה ישראל) מעגל דוברי העברית שפועל כחלק מהאירגון הבינלאומי סוציוקטיה לכולם , אני מנגישה חומרי לימוד, מעבירה הכשרות ומלווה תהליכי הטמעה באירגונים, אם אתם מתעניינים בסוציוקרטיה, רוצים להצטרף כחברים בסופי או צריכים ייעוץ או הכוונה , אשמח שתיצרו קשר‎‎
    Portugal
    Natalia Cabañas

    Natalia Cabañas

    administración, difusión

    Natalia es cofundadora de la Asociación Agroecológica El Semillero-Chiclana, asociación de personas consumidoras y productoras, que opera de manera sociocratica desde 2016 y de ...Read More

    Natalia Cabañas

    Natalia Cabañas

    administración, difusión

    Natalia es cofundadora de la Asociación Agroecológica El Semillero-Chiclana, asociación de personas consumidoras y productoras, que opera de manera sociocratica desde 2016 y de la que ha sido coordinadora hasta finales de 2019. Formada en Comunicación Compasiva y Autoempatía, es miembro de Sociocracia Práctica donde apoya con la labor de difusión.

    Spain

    Who is on SoFA board (Mission Circle)?

    SoFA mission circle in Nov 2020: 
    Jerry Koch-Gonzalez  (USA, founder), Ted Rau (leader of SoFA General Circle), Stephanie Nestlerode (USA), Nora Plaza (delegate from SoFA General Circle), Sebastián Zulueta (Chile), Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard (France), Nara Pais (Brazil), Deborah Chang (USA)

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