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
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Nametag with the word Boss
Want less authoritarian structures? Not without communication skills!
There are two kinds of people I interact with: those who are convinced that better organizations make better people. And
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Performance reviews: step by step
A schematic few of performance reviews
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Feedback form
An example of a feedback form
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List of feelings and needs
List of feelings and needs
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Overcoming hierarchy
Presentation and conversation with Gregg Kendrick, a consultant working with non-violent communication and sociocracy in workplaces.
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What do we do with “disruptive” behavior in meetings?
Do we have to endure "disruptive" team members if we want to be inclusive? What crosses the line, and what
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Non-violent communication in organizations
A webinar on NVC (non-violent communication) and its use in organization.
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The 3 most typical struggles in sociocratic organizations
What makes sociocracy hard to do - and what to do about it.
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Intentional feedback in organizations
Making it a habit to ask for and give feedback will make every organization stronger on all levels.
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Cartoon of listening in a group
Performance reviews
Performance reviews (or "Role Improvement") are a way to give feedback to one person or each other in a space
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Respect, cooperation, harmony, autonomy
On interpersonal feedback
No feedback, no improvement! Without hearing from others how they perceive what we do or say, we will never hear
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Drawing of progression of individual to group to circle
Sociocracy Starter kit
You want to implement sociocracy but you don't know how to go about it? This article walks you through the
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Feeling safe and brave: Sociocracy, neurospsychology and neuroscience – John Schinnerer
How can we feel safe while also being brave, bold, courageous? Recent research in neuroscience and neuropsychology has offered fascinating
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Human emotions and their impact on decision-making Linda Cote & Rea Gill can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Human emotions and their impact on decision-making – Linda Cote & Rea
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The fulfillment of basic human needs in self-managed organizations – Denis Côté
In this presentation, Denis is building a bridge between self-management practices and Self-Determination Theory in psychology. The goal is to
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