The 3 Aspects of a Healthy, Thriving Community, and the Role of SociocracyWith Diana Leafe Christian
Diana Leafe Christian, international speaker and workshop leader, and author of
Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities,
Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community,
will give a presentation, “The 3 Aspects of a Healthy, Thriving Community, and the Role of Sociocracy,” on Sunday, August 24th for Community Network Gathering Meetup at Lotus Lodge in Candler.
Potluck starts at 6pm and by about 6:30, Diana will start her presentation. Based on decades of research and experience, she will share what she has considers to be the three essential factors for intentional communities or member-led organizations to succeed and thrive.
Diana will introduce "Sociocracy" (also called Dynamic Governance in the US) which means “governance by peers and colleagues.” It is a governance and decision-making process she now recommends for communities instead of consensus decision-making, which she taught for many years. She will touch on the governance structure and four meeting processes of Sociocracy. She also will share the three primary values it’s based on (equivalence, transparency, and feedback loops), it's purpose and origins in the Netherlands in the 1970s.
As examples, Diana also will describe the intentional communities (where she has consulted in Europe and the US) that have replaced their consensus process with Sociocracy governance, and those which started out with Sociocracy originally.
Now a passionate advocate of Sociocracy, Diana has taught this method of organizational structure and decision making for intentional communities in the US, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, France, Sweden, England, and Scotland.