Session 2

Session 1 – Session 2 – Session 3 – Session 4 – Session 5 – Session 6

spiral-logo3The second session provides an overview of sociocratic principles. It then guides through the elements on a sociocratic policy circle meeting. You will also start learning about how to make policy by doing the first and second step: picture forming and gathering. After this session, in any meeting you are a part of, you can:

  • Encourage any group to use the essential meeting parts from sociocracy (check-in, administrative, consent to agenda, content items, meeting evaluation/check-out)
  • Large decisions can be made in a group process using picture forming and proposal shaping.

Sociocratic tools you will know about after this session (in all sessions completed so far):


Session 2 preparation (optional)

 activity reference material est. time

Reading about meeting format

Reading on generating proposals

Reading in Many Voices One Song

Reading in Many Voices One Song

Package session 2

Reading on meeting format

Reading on picture forming and proposal shaping

Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, print version p. 177-194

Sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 (first part), print version p. 91-108


15 min

15 min

20 min

20 min

Session video


Session 2 activities (total meeting time: 90min)

 activity reference material est. time
 check-in video (then facilitator for rounds) 10 min
 administrative video 10 min
 why sociocracy?

outline of ELC

video 20 min
 meeting format video (see decision-making sheet in handout) 10 min
 picture forming video (see handout) 15 min
 proposal pieces video (see handout) 15 min
 meeting evaluation


video (facilitator for rounds)
write down all questions, and make sure you have dimensions and proposal pieces recorded! (if working on a flipchart: take a picture)
10 min

Session 2 enrichment (optional)

 activity reference material est. time
 video Picture forming and proposal shaping video  <2 min
 article The sociocratic meeting format  8 min
 article The values under sociocracy  8 min
 article How decision-making methods affect our behavior  8 min
 videos How to generate a proposal in sociocracy

The consent process

 5 min

5 min

Session 2 follow-up with coach

 activity reference material est. time
 meet with coach: leader For groups that have booked a coach: put your feedback in this form. You will then receive an email to make a new appointment to talk about session 2 and to prepare session 3. 30min

Session 1 – Session 2 – Session 3Session 4Session 5Session 6