Sociocracy for Intentional Communities with Diana Leafe Christian – Sat-Sun-Mon 5/19, 5/20, 5/21/2018*


Saturday, Sunday, Monday: May 19, 20 and 21*.  Watch for exact times

117 Bimini Place – Community Room #201
Los Angeles 90004
Los Angeles Eco-Village

$200 to $300 sliding scale

–  Members of on-the-ground functioning intentional communities will be given first priority
–  Members of forming groups for ecovillages, cohousing or other types of intentional communities will be given second priority.
– Members of the general public wishing to join a community will be given third priority, space permitting.

Please let us know if members from your intentional community plan to attend:
Lois <> or 213-738-1254

Contact Lois at 213/738-1254 or

What People are Saying about this workshop:

“We’ve made more decisions in the past two months than we have in the past two years!”            —Davis Hawkowl, Pioneer Valley Cohousing, Amherst, Massachusetts

“A visitor said she’d never seen a community meeting be so effective, efficient, and fun!”                     —Hope Horton, Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

“I would never have joined the community if we didn’t use Sociocracy! It’s our saving grace.”        —Kreel Hutchison, Baja BioSana Ecovillage, La Paz, Mexico

“We have better follow-up to our decisions, and information flows better. Our meetings are faster and lighter and have a rhythm that feels satisfying. And at the end of our last meeting, we started dancing for joy!”  —Anamaria Aristizabal, Aldeafeliz Ecovillage, Colombia 

The three-day introductory workshop covers the basics of Sociocracy and will enable your group to start a study circle or implementation circle to learn more about Socciocracy and begin implementing it in your group, assuming that your group decides to try it. Groups don’t usually decide to replace their current governance and decision-making method with Sociocracy, but rather decide to try Sociocracy for a period of time such as 18 months to two years and see how they like it.

Sociocracy tends to to work well in a community when:

(1) people understand it well (2) all members understand it, and (3) the group all of its eight parts.

It tends not to work well when:

(1) people understand it only partially, (2) some members understand it and others don’t, or (3) the group uses some but not all of its seven parts. Or — the worst — if the community misunderstands Sociocracy by viewing it through the lens of consensus, and inadvertently creates a Sociocracy-consensus hybrid. This doesn’t work as well as either Sociocracy or consensus and tends to generate confusion and frustration. 

More about learning and using Sociocracy well

About Diana:

Diana Leafe Christian is an author, former editor of Communities magazine, and an international speaker and workshop trainer on starting successful new ecovillages, how existing communities can be healthy and thriving, and community self-governance. She now suggests communities not use pure consensus, but rather use a modification like the “N St. Consensus Method,” or use Sociocracy, a relatively new self-governance and decision-making method.  She lives in an off-grid homestead at Earthhaven Ecovillage in western North Carolina, USA.

She’s the author of:
Creating a Life Together Practical Tools for Starting Ecovillages and Intentional Communities (New Society Publishers 2003)
Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community (New Society Publishers 2007)

Here’s a 1-minute video in which a Permaculture trainer highly recommends her work.

*Note date change from  5/18-19-20 (Fri, Sat, Sun) TO 5/19, 20, 21 (Sat, Sun, Mon)

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117 Bimini Place #221
Los Angeles CA 90004