Hosting a Sociocracy Workshop with SoFA

SoFA staff has taught dozens of sociocracy workshops in North America, Europe and South America. 

We have worked with audiences from for-profit, non-profits, communities and associations.

All workshops are hands-on, participatory and connecting. Everyone will walk away with a basic understanding of sociocracy, its benefits and tools. Our aim is to teach in a way so people can apply what they have learned in their own organizations.

Each workshop can be offered as an open workshop (host plus participants from the outside) or as closed workshops (exclusive for the hosting organization). Workshops work well with 20-30 participants. Longer and larger workshops work best with two trainers and or with assistants.

“The workshops felt rich with material to digest and practice. I particularly appreciated the simple yet profound wisdom of asking if a decision is ‘good enough for now and safe enough to try’, which by itself could easily be applied to so many turning points in life. However, for me, it was perhaps the experience of our collective embodiment of sociocracy that moved me most. As we worked together, the experience of being in small, spontaneous, self-organising communities, made up of participants with a great variety of interests and reasons for being there, offered a gentle and humbling way to learn to trust the process.”

Srik Narayanan

Introduction workshops

Advanced workshops 

How to Host a Workshop 

Yes, you can invite us for a workshop! Typically, workshop hosts are either part of the hosting organizations, or they are local hosts that help find a venue and do outreach to the workshop.

A good workshop needs about 3-6 months of time in advance. During that time, these are the tasks that need doing:

  • Fix a date, pay and length of workshop (3-6 months in advance)
  • Find a venue for your group size (>3 months in advance)
  • For open workshops
    • decide on workshop fee for participants (>8 weeks in advance)
    • make an event listing, e.g. on eventbrite and publish (>8 weeks in advance);
    • do outreach (you do most, we add some)
    • confirmation that the workshop will happen (> 4 weeks in advance)
  • Arrange details (like materials, transportation, accomodation, arrangements for food for the workshop (>4 weeks in advance)

The budget for open workshops often contains some money for the work of the workshop host. Workshop costs as stated above don’t include travel costs or accomodation.

To plan your budget, Jerry and Ted are based in Amherst Massachusetts near Harford (BDL) airport for domestic flights, Boston (BOS) for international flights. Nora is based in southern Spain and teaches in Spanish. To reduce carbon emissions and costs, you can try to tag along to other travels. Send an email to Jerry ([email protected]) and tell us what you’re looking for.

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