Using Sociocracy Successfully in Communities

Diana Leafe Christian | 16:00 UTC

Narrated slide show of case histories of how various communities worldwide have used Sociocracy successfully. For example, how some circles in some communities have used member surveys, interviews with members, and/or sounding board meetings to craft and consent to proposals, and innovations to the Consent Round in Consent Decision-Making; how a cohousing community in France innovated a solution to a dilemma during Sociocracy elections; and how a shared-group household community in Canada and a nonprofit creating affordable housing communities in Seattle each learned how and why it’s better not to skip the Proposal-Forming process (and whaat happened when they did, and how easily they resolved the problems they wanted to solve when they returned to it. Possibly additional success stories from communities in Europe, Latin America, North America, and Down Under.


Diana Leafe Christian
Diana Leafe Christian

Diana Leafe Christian has been a Sociocracy trainer specifically for intentional communities since 2012, learning Sociocracy primarily from John Buck and other early Sociocracy trainers (Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, Gina Price, John Schinnerer, Sheella Mierson). She is author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community (New Society Publishers, 2003, 2007). Diana speaks at ecovillage and cohousing conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops and online internationally. Her online courses and workshops, are “Sociocracy for Intentional Communities,” “Helping Your Community Thrive,” and “Starting a Successful Ecovillage or Intentional Community.” She has taught workshops and spoken at conferences in North and South America, Europe, and Japan. Editor of Communities magazine for 14 years, Diana has contributed chapters to three Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and Gaia Education books: Beyond You and Me, Gaian Economics, and Ecovillage: 1001 Ways to Heal the Planet. She is a Board Member of GEN-US. In 2017 she received the Fellowship for Intentional community’s Kozeny Communitarian Award, a lifetime achievement award for contributions to the US communities movement. Diana lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, U.S.

The Sociocracy in Intentional Communities Conference 2023 is organized sociocratically by SoFA’s Intentional Communities Circle

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