Living in Community Salon:Dynamic Governance & Sociocracy-John Schinnerer(Marin)

'Living in Community' Salon -

Our friends at Living Mandala are offering a 2.5-hour experiential workshop led by trainer and consultant John Schinnerer, who led a similar workshop with us last fall to build capacity in San Francisco Cohousing. You will see how groups of different sizes and intentions can organize to get work done and coordinate decision-making through Sociocracy (a.k.a. Dynamic Governance). This is a whole systems approach finding use in cohousing, business, nonprofit, worker cooperative, or any group of people wanting to organize and govern themselves effectively and efficiently. Basic principles are equivalence and transparency, and optimizing group intelligence and wisdom while retaining respect for individual similarities and differences.

You will get tools AND a sneak preview of the extended weekend workshop John is leading there at a fraction of the cost ---  then decide if you want to invest your time and money to followup in depth with your community or forming group.

John's workshops are all primarily experiential, offering participants an opportunity to engage directly with issues of governance and sociocratic structure and process in real-life contexts. Essential content delivery on values, principles etc. will be as interactive as possible.

Relevance will be focused on intentional communities (and creating and maintaining community in general). Most workshop time will be used for exercises that engage workshop participants with community living themes/issues and sociocratic approaches to governance.

John Schinnerer is a whole systems design consultant, teacher, and facilitator focusing on cultural and ecological design. Since 1996, he has studied, worked, taught and published in the realms of human relatings, governance and decisionmaking systems, appropriate technology and ecological design. His easygoing style and insightful approach support an optimal learning experience. The methods, tools and techniques that John offers invite maximum clarity, honesty, and integrity while enhancing efficiency and effectiveness – in other words, to get things done and have more fun!

Note: SF cohousing members are exploring sociocracy and other tools to help us have more fun together as we care for one another and run our community collectively.

6:30pm - Doors Open

7:00pm - Presentation

9:00pm - Discussion & Wrap-Up

10:00pm - Doors Close
Tickets: $15 Advance; $20 (cash at the door)

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Living Mandala Living Mandala designs, facilitates, and produces courses, workshops, and events that support personal, ecological and socially regenerative practices. The mission of Living Mandala is to serve, empower and promote holistic educators and organizations in order to increase awareness of their work, to create educational programs, and to catalyze project activities that implement ecologically and socially regenerative practices of human beings living in greater harmony with each other and their environment. http://livingmandala.com/


COREcommons Build Communities - Better! COREcommons is a curated online environment providing best practices and technology solutions for those seeking to advance their community intelligence... This hub showcases the range of practitioners who specialize in planning, building and engaging the communities of tomorrow. http://COREcommons.com/

Venture Greenhouse The Venture Greenhouse of Dominican University is a pioneering, early-stage business incubator providing an intensive acceleration process for companies that have the potential for significant environmental and social benefits. The Venture Greenhouse is a growth accelerator for budding social and environmental entrepreneurs, a learning laboratory for the University’s business students, and a community resource for innovators, investors, sustainability advocates and new ventures. http://venturegreenhouse.org/

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  • Candice K.

    This is a terrific opportunity. John is a highly regarded expert. I have taken 2 of his workshops, one at the National Conference last year. He lives in Hawaii and only occasionally in the Bay Area. Highly recommended.

    May 23, 2013

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  • Raines C.
    Cohousing Coach & Community Organizer, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Tom Z.
    Former Active Organizing Member

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