Facilitator Certification Program
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Individuals
individual Sociocracy Facilitator Certification deals available at the price of $1,200 (normally $2,400). We have a limited number available (10 spots left).

Groups (Custom Cohorts)

Custom Facilitator Cohort (normally $20,000) for 50% off at $10,000 (maximum 12 (ish) participants).  Minimum of 4.  We have a limited number available for 2021 (10).

There is only one governance expert in the world who can teach sociocracy based on 14 years of consulting and training in 20+ countries.

Learn with John Buck

Distributed leadership, decentralized decision making, dynamic governance... there are many names for operating meetings and organizations with inclusiveness and effectiveness.  It's traditional name "sociocracy", developed in the Netherlands and brought to the English-speaking world by John Buck via his first co-authored book "We the People, Consenting to a Deeper Democracy".

Fun Fact: Almost every English speaking expression of sociocracy can find it's roots with John.

However, John is more than just an expert sociocracy consultant and trainer!  John also brings to your training, his love for humanity and planet, combined with expertise in company wide agility.  He co-authored the book:  Company Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space and Sociocracy (BOSSA Nova).

"We're seeing that sociocracy is a much better model among the adults in our school because we're being more creative and we're working together in a much better fashion than we were before."

Renee Owen

Sociocracy is... 

a sophisticated decision-making tool that offers us a better solution to the domination model of hierarchical governance systems that have caused so many problems and inequity in our world today. It allows us to efficiently decentralize leadership, organise ourselves and make decisions where all voices are heard, and all concerns considered.

It circumvents the issues of our default peer-to-peer consensus decision-making mode, which can be time-consuming, cumbersome, often blocked, and susceptible to domination by the loudest or most charismatic.

If we want a peaceful and sustainable world that works for everyone, sociocracy can take us there. 

Facilitator Certification Program

Module 1 - The Foundations of Sociocracy and Effective Meetings

16 hours of live training, interactive exercises, experiential learning, as well as time for questions and personal reflection. 


  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 basic principle: Consent
    2. Second basic principle: Circle Structure 
    3. Third basic principle: Double Linking 
    4. Fourth basic 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
Module 2: Working in a Sociocratic Team

24 hours of live training, the class will divide into groups of four to five participants who will work together on an actual, real-world project that may, at the participants’ discretion, continue for a while after the class. The training goes into the four basic principles in much more depth, alternating between explanations, exercises, discussion of real-world examples, questions, and time for personal reflection. 


  1. How to build a circle
  2. The common aim or offer of the circle 
  3. Domain of the circle 
  4. The memory of the circle – Logbook 
  5. Aim Realization Process: The 9 Steps
  6. Distinction between policy decisions and execution 
  7. Governance roles and functions, distributing tasks 
  8. Leading successfully - initiating, motivating, correcting, supporting 
  9. Role improvement and personal development in sociocracy

Module 2: Working in a Sociocratic Team

24 hours of live training, the class will divide into groups of four to five participants who will work together on an actual, real-world project that may, at the participants’ discretion, continue for a while after the class. The training goes into the four basic principles in much more depth, alternating between explanations, exercises, discussion of real-world examples, questions, and time for personal reflection. 


  1. How to build a circle
  2. The common aim or offer of the circle 
  3. Domain of the circle 
  4. The memory of the circle – Logbook 
  5. Aim Realization Process: The 9 Steps
  6. Distinction between policy decisions and execution 
  7. Governance roles and functions, distributing tasks 
  8. Leading successfully - initiating, motivating, correcting, supporting 
  9. Role improvement and personal development in sociocracy

Facilitator Study Circles

Anyone who has completed Module 1 is welcome to attend one or more two-hour monthly Facilitator Study Circle meetings. For at least the near future, such sessions will be held online.

The typical format is:

  • Participants complete a report of one or more of their facilitation experiences and file it in the Study Circle’s common google folder before the monthly session. The participants read each other’s report before the session and make comments in the report or during the Study Circle’s meeting. The report encourages self-reflection about your facilitation experience and peer learning.
  • In the first part of the meeting, participants provide short summaries of their facilitations, how they worked, how you felt while facilitating, and what learning questions you might have. The group may answer the questions themselves or hold them for discussion by the mentoring certified sociocracy expert. Participants often arrange for one of their peers to attend one or more of their facilitations as observers. 
  • In the second part of the two-hour session, the mentor answers questions and talks about relevant learning topics. On some occasions experts may be invited to give a presentation on such related topics as mediation, mirroring, complexity, and techniques used by professional facilitators. 

Facilitator Certification

You may wish to receive a facilitator certification from GovernanceAlive, a certifying agency under the International Sociocracy Certification Board. Certified facilitators are listed on the GovernanceAlive website and invited to a twice a year, online gathering with other sociocracy certified facilitators. Requirements for Facilitator Certification are:

  • Completion of reports of 10 facilitations for three or more groups or organizations, discussion of your’s and other’s facilitations in 10 Facilitator Study Circle meetings. 
  • A final report reflecting on your learnings, and a certification interview. (The Facilitator Study Circle meetings do not need to be sequential, i.e., you can take longer than 10 months to attend 10 monthly meetings.) 
  • Completion of both Module 1 and Module 2 training. 

Facilitator Certification

You may wish to receive a facilitator certification from GovernanceAlive, a certifying agency under the International Sociocracy Certification Board. Certified facilitators are listed on the GovernanceAlive website and invited to a twice a year, online gathering with other sociocracy certified facilitators. Requirements for Facilitator Certification are:

  • Completion of reports of 10 facilitations for three or more groups or organizations, discussion of your’s and other’s facilitations in 10 Facilitator Study Circle meetings. 
  • A final report reflecting on your learnings, and a certification interview. (The Facilitator Study Circle meetings do not need to be sequential, i.e., you can take longer than 10 months to attend 10 monthly meetings.) 
  • Completion of both Module 1 and Module 2 training. 

"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

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.

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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.  

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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. 

So many decisions to make...

Humans love to feel included. Any size team creating progress, constantly have new decisions to make.  How to cooperative include everyone in the team in decision making process and still be able to get things done.

Teams feel empowered and make better decisions when arriving at solutions together.

What are our priorities?

How are new members onboarded?

How do we handle disagreements?

How will we fund ourselves?

What is our change management process? 
How will we take care of ongoing manintenance?

What happens if we don't implement a governance model that aligns with our desire for inclusive distributed leadership?

"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

FAQ

Here are some of the common questions, if you have others please send us an email at contact@governancealivecom

What kinds of crypto do you accept?

Bitcoin, ADA, LTC, Dash, ETH, ARDOR and other crypto can be used as payment.  For crypto payments, please send an email to contact@governancealive.com, let us know which one, upon approval we will send QR code or wallet address. 

When will classes be held?
That's partially up to you! After you register you will receive a poll to vote on class times that work for you and/or your group.
How many people will be in the cohort?

12 is the number we prefer.  If you had a group joining the cohort and it put us over a bit, we can make exceptions.  Learning and practicing with others in your community creates extra impact.

Do you offer more than 2 modules of training?
We offer sociocracy facilitator, consultant and trainer certification.  Module 1 and 2 are the foundational courses, you can stop there with a good grasp on the fundamentals and get to work.  You can take additional training and receive certification.  Click here to download our course curriculum. 
What is the investment?
The time investment is 40 hours of your time in live class, a few hours of your time to prepare for class and in between class. 20 hours live study groups.  The money investment during our black friday special is $1,200 for individuals and $10,000 for groups. 
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Why Learn the Skills of Sociocracy Facilitation?

To transform our society into a world with such values as peace, freedom, kinship, loyalty, honor, hospitality and mutual support by community, friends, and family, we need egalitarian forms of governance for all our institutions. Such governance requires special skills of facilitation that promotes creative thinking and enables consent decision-making by all.

Module 1 and Module 2 plus the Study Circle program are designed to develop those special skills.

In our experience, truly competent facilitation creates ripples of resonance far into our communities.

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

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