Sociocracy Leadership Training (SoLT)

What is special about this training?

SoLT logo_lower resolutionSoLT is an innovative training program where you can experience what sociocracy feels like by doing it. SoLT (Sociocracy Leadership Training) is our favorite training, and it prepares you to be part of a sociocratic organization.

 

How it works

SoLT consists of 14 two-hour meetings over the course of 9 weeks:

  • 5 whole group meetings -- Participants get to know each other, receive instruction, practice and monitor the progress of the class.
  • 6 circle meetings -- SoFA assembles 5-6 learners into a circle. They meet using the sociocratic process to work on a shared project, for example by interviewing and writing up case studies about a sociocratic organization. An experienced trainer is present at every meeting to support the process, provide resources and connections.
  • 3 Reflection sessions -- questions and answers in small groups where you can ask questions that come up in your context.
  • Each participant is expected to work on their circle's project (about 1 hour per week) and to engage with content about sociocracy (about 1 hour per week). Participants might choose to hold additional meetings to work on their project.

This is an online sociocracy class, i.e. all the meetings and training happen online in video conferences . You can join from wherever you are. The participants are typically from all over the world.

How much it costs

Sociocracy For All is committed to affordability. We understand that the same dollar amount can mean very different value depending on your country of residence, your income, class and your family situation.

We offer SoLT on a sliding scale: $220-440. The "standard price" is $440. We ask organizations and individuals who can to pay on the higher end so we can give out scholarships.

No one is turned away for lack of funds, and we determine the price for the training together with you in our online interview. Although we do have some flexibility, we expect everyone to stretch just enough to make this training viable for everyone.

Requirements

  • English as a spoken language -- you need to be comfortable enough to participate in a meeting.
  • A good enough internet connection and equipment to participate in a video conference call. We use Zoom. Zoom can work on tablets and smartphones, but for regular meetings, the larger laptop or computer screen (or even two screens) is better so you can see each other on Zoom and also see the agenda or other documents the circle is working on in a separate window during the call.
  • This is an intermediate program so we assume that you have some knowledge about sociocracy. If that is a concern, we can point you to good materials to study before SoLT starts. SoFA's 6-session video-led curriculum for the study groups we call Empowered Learning Circles is a good preparation for participating in SoLT.

When are the meetings?

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We pre-set the meeting times for each circle. Each SoLT is a bit different so we can serve different scheduling needs and time zones. You need to be able to make all circle meeting of one circle (either circle 1 or circle 2 or circle 3) and you need to be able to make the Full Circle meetings and some of the reflection sessions. You need to review the SoLT meetings schedule in your time zone to make sure you can participate. 

SoLT 8: Closed and in progess. (click to see meeting times)

SoLT 9: Begins October 25. (click to see meeting times) -- full

SoLT 10: starting in January.  - Open for applications

How to apply

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  1. Ready to apply for SoLT? Or just want to have a conversation to explore the possibility? Then schedule a meeting with Jerry, the SoLT coordinator: click here.
  2. Before you schedule with Jerry, review the meeting dates of the SoLT programs (see below).
  3. In that video call, you and Jerry will talk about your interests, experience, and availability so we can place you in one of the working circles. You and Jerry together will also determine your fee for your participation.
  4. You will then fill out a registration form. When we receive your deposit of $30, we reserve your spot in SoLT. We expect your full payment 2 weeks before SoLT begins.
  5. Before the program starts you will get access to the SoLT program files in Google Drive and the  Zoom video conference software we use. Prepare to get to know some amazing people!

Why SoLT is an extraordinary experience

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SoLT is real. Participants have real meetings, real policy, real output, real relationships. The best thing is that you work together to create new content for others. A win-win-win for everyone: you learn in meetings and in work in between meetings. You learn in your group, and in working on your circle project, you pass on new insights to the next generation of learners. The culture of Sociocracy For All is genuine, real, kind and authentic. See for yourself!

This video was made with original footage from the first round of SoLT, and it gives a wonderful expression of what SoLT feels like. We have taught SoLT seven times, we have never canceled a training. In each of them, we have been excited by the companionship of like-minded people.

The center of your attention will be your circle. You will attend meetings of your circle. Possibly, you will serve as leader or delegate of your circle for some or all of the time and attend general circle meetings during your term. In your circle meetings, you will coordinate tasks and make policy decisions together using sociocratic principles. You will select circle members for roles, and you will measure, evaluate and give feedback.

The training format is explained in this video:

What happens after I graduate from SoLT?

By the end of the program, we will know each other well. Most SoLT groups bond really closely. We stay connected with the majority of SoLT graduates. About 1/3 of SoLT graduates join SoFA as members to continue working with Sociocracy For All.

Ready to apply for SoLT? Or just want to have a conversation to explore the possibility? Then schedule a meeting with the SoLT coordinator: click here.

SoLT 8 (Americas, Asia and Australia)

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Note: This SoLT training has meeting times optimized for the Americas, Asia and Australia. For times more suitable for Europe, check SoLT9 below.

The circles (small groups) meet 6x over the course of this training, each of the three circles meeting at a different time. The whole group meets 5x for lectures and 3x for reflection sessions. IMPORTANT: given how time zones and dates fall, the meeting day depends on where you are in the world. The below days of the week are displayed for those in the Americas.

Time zone difference make it complicated - we want to help you be comfortable in finding meeting times in your time zone. If you click on the tabs in this chart, you can see the meeting times/days for some of the most common time zones.

Time zones SoLT8

Note that the meeting time might shift depending on when your country switches between summer time and winter time (if at all!). If a tab shows your time actual zone/country, it is adjusted correctly.

The most error-proof way to see the correct meeting times in your time zone is to import the google calendar for SoLT8 into your google calendar. You can also download the ical file to import into other calendars apps.

If you still have questions about time zones, check with the tech guy in SoFA, Ted (ted@sociocracyforall.org).

SoLT 9 (US time zones, Europe and Asia)

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This training is full.

Note: This SoLT training has meeting times optimized for the Americas and Europe. 

Given how time zones and dates fall, the meeting day depends on where you are in the world.

The circles (small groups) meet 6x over the course of this training, each of the three circles meeting at a different time. The whole group meets 5x for lectures and 3x for reflection sessions.

Time zone difference make it complicated - we want to help you be comfortable in finding meeting times in your time zone. If you click on the tabs in this chart, you can see the meeting times/days for some of the most common time zones.

Time zones SoLT9

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The most error-proof way to see the correct meeting times in your time zone is to import the google calendar for SoLT9 into your google calendar. You can also download the ical file to import into other calendars apps.

If you still have questions about time zones, check with the tech guy in SoFA, Ted (ted@sociocracyforall.org).

We'd love for you to join us!

SoLT 10 (US time zones, Europe and Asia)

Open for applications.
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Note: This SoLT training has meeting times optimized for the Americas and Europe. 

Given how time zones and dates fall, the meeting day depends on where you are in the world.

The circles (small groups) meet 6x over the course of this training, each of the three circles meeting at a different time. The whole group meets 5x for lectures and 3x for reflection sessions.

Time zone difference make it complicated - we want to help you be comfortable in finding meeting times in your time zone. If you click on the tabs in this chart, you can see the meeting times/days for some of the most common time zones.

SoLT 10

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The most error-proof way to see the correct meeting times in your time zone is to import the google calendar for SoLT10 into your google calendar. You can also download the ical file to import into other calendars apps.

If you still have questions about time zones, check with the tech guy in SoFA, Ted (ted@sociocracyforall.org).

We'd love for you to join us!

Ready to apply for SoLT? Or just want to have a conversation to explore the possibility? Then schedule a meeting with the SoLT coordinator: click here.