Sociocracy and Communication

Historically, sociocracy has often been practiced with Nonviolent Communication (NVC), and this is a connection that is strong within SoFA as well. For example, the handbook Many Voices One Song meshed sociocracy and NVC on all levels.

Of course, sociocracy can be combined with other frameworks and practices that enhance our awareness of each other and make it easier and more effective to communicate with each other. After all, sociocracy requires a commitment to feedback, and therefore anything that helps being effective in giving and receiving feedback will help governance.

This page is a collection of resources; this is an content area that Sociocracy For All is intending to grow. (Historically, we have focused on sociocracy and taken work on communication skills for granted but we realized that we need to be more active in spreading those as well.)

Online Classes on Nonviolent Communication

3 x 2h online class on non-violent communication with focus on governance. Saying what’s really going on with integrity, while being open to hearing the other person’s truth. 

Taught by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication®.

All of our Resources and Offers Related to

Communication and Conflict Resolution

Decision Making through conflict

SoFA colleague Chen explaining not only feelings, needs and strategies but also the harder part – overcoming the adversarial story and expanding willingness

Overcoming hierarchy

Presentation and conversation with Gregg Kendrick, a consultant working with non-violent communication and sociocracy in workplaces.

Performance reviews

Performance reviews

Performance reviews (or “Role Improvement”) are a way to give feedback to one person or each other in a space of psychological safety.

On interpersonal feedback

On interpersonal feedback

No feedback, no improvement! Without hearing from others how they perceive what we do or say, we will never hear how we can improve. Bonus: an brief and simple introduction into NVC.

Family Heart Camp

Family Heart Camp

This case study features set of family (summer) camps in the US that run sociocratically and live according to NVC principles. This case study is helpful if you have NVC is important to you if you’re a dispersed volunteer team The founders of the Family Heart...