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Module 1:
Effective Meetings & The Art of Sociocracy
Benefits of Operating with Sociocracy

Improved Retention

When team members feel their voices are heard, the work is self-managed, and the culture is inclusive... improved retention is a natural result.


Better Decisions

The wisdom of the crowd produces decisions the crowd fully supports.  The sociocracy process uncovers objections that would otherwise remain hidden. 

Energized Teams

When teams arrive at decisions together, it's energizing! No one leaves a meeting feeling unheard. Meetings become fun and productive.

Love Leads

Sociocracy creates an environment of listening and leading with love. Yes humans have work to get done AND love and listening makes everything better.  


Increased Effectiveness

When everyone consents to a decision, there is no time lost revisiting the same issues or worse becoming fractured or disfunctional.

Fosters Transparency

Sociocracy's double linking ensures representation throughout the organization's decision making.  Actively inviting objections encourages transparent sharing. 

with Small Group Cohorts
Sociocracy is something that must be experienced live.  Our classes are very interactive, where you will be practicing what you are learning.  We keep our cohorts small to ensure everyone gets lots of interaction and practice time. You also get to develop deeper relationships with your cohort who may end up being collaborators on future projects.

Our team had a great experience working with John Buck years ago. It fundamentally shifted how we structure initiatives, design meetings and make group decisions

Robin Athey

Get to Know John and Monika 
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20 Years of History
Explained in 5 Minutes

John and Monika spent years searching for methods to empower people.  Sociocracy filled the gapped.  Get to know these amazing humans who will become your friends and trusted mentors.  

"We adopted sociocracy 15 years ago and all of a sudden had energized people empowered and making decisions.

We have fewer meetings, our decisions are better, and the follow-through is stronger because everyone's on board."

Paul Kervick

Facilitators Add Massive Value 
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Effective Meeting Facilitation is a Skill You can Use For Life

Nature offers great examples of how wonderfully things can work.

When coordinating a complex system, having a designated facilitator creates effectiveness, and when operating sociocratically it creates inclusiveness.  Meetings becoming fun, energizing and joyful progress becomes a constant companion.

How would your life and group gatherings change with fabulous facilitation skills?

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Effective Meetings & The Art of Sociocracy

Feb 7, 8, 10,11
11:30 am to 3:30 pm Eastern Time (US)
March 7, 8, 10,11
11:30 am to 3:30 pm Eastern Time (US)
The 4 Principals of Sociocracy
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You will learn a proven method for inclusive, effective collaboration and governance.   

  1. Decisions by consent
  2. Organized in circles
  3. Circles double linked for effectiveness and transparency
  4. Roles elected by consent


Of Live Training

If you want a peaceful and sustainable world that works for everyone, sociocracy can take us there. It requires you to learn a new skill - which will keep your brain agile and energized.  16 hours of training, is split up into 5 sessions of 3.5 hours each.  Click here for class dates and times.

"GovernanceAlive works with organizations that desire to give voice to all of their employees so as to create a valuable feedback loop to top management.  This ultimately facilitates communications, engenders greater trust and connectedness throughout the organization, which in turn increases productivity and profits.” 

Larry Checo, Branding Guru


Meetings are a part of every business, family and social endeavour.  You will leave this training with new skills you can apply immediately when communicating in groups of people.  If you are seeking new job opportunities, you can include your desire to contribute to effective and inclusive facilitation.  Inclusive and effective meeting facilitation is a desired outcome companies are seeking.  Your new skills can help achieve that goal.  

Real Life Examples
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Sociocracy is Industry Independent

Anywhere teams want to be more agile, inclusive and resilient, is a place where sociocracy can thrive.  It takes willingness to invest the time to improve decision making and governance.  

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Effective Meetings & The Art of Sociocracy

Feb 7, 8, 10,11
11:30 am to 3:30 pm Eastern Time (US)
March 7, 8, 10,11
11:30 am to 3:30 pm Eastern Time (US)

This 16 hours of training alternates explanations, interactive exercises, experiential learning, as well as time for questions and personal reflections.

You will complete the course with clear methods and practice for improving the effectiveness (and joy) of meetings, which often leads to them also being shorter and more relaxed. This method is useful for meetings held by organizations, companies, projects, families and other initiatives. 

  1. Introduction to the overall program
  2. Why do we need governance?
  3. History of sociocracy
  4. Methodological principles: the four basic principles of sociocracy
    1. First principle: Consent
    2. Second principle: Circle Structure
    3. Third principle: Double Linking
    4. Fourth principle: Open Elections
  5. The sociocratic meeting
  6. Focus on a common aim
  7. Sociocratic facilitation
  8. Distinguish between policy and operations
  9. Dynamic steering
  10. Basic attitudes in sociocracy
  11. Dealing with your own consent

After completing Module 1, you and other participants in your cohort are invited to form a Community of Practice for facilitators that may include documenting and discussing your facilitation experiences. Module 1 is a prerequisite for taking Module 2. If you do go on to take Module 2, you are encouraged to continue attending a Community of Practice for facilitators.

Effective meeting facilitation is a skill that pays dividends for life!  

An Invitation to Join Us
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Sociocracy is Transforming Society

Join us on our quest to transform society.  All transformation starts with ourselves, then like all patterns in life, expands outwards in a circle pattern until the ripples we create impact the far corners of our world.  If you just implemented these techniques within your family, your life would be transformed.  Then when you bring them to your closet working relationships, you will soon realize how amazing it feels and works and will be on fire to share it with the world.  

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© 2020 Governance Alive. All rights reserved.