The 12 years I have been associated with the Rocky Corner project have been years of tremendous growth for myself. It’s amazing to me that I could grow so much during my 6th decade of life. I am more comfortable with myself, with my ability to be a leader, an active doer. I have learned to respect and listen to others as we have forged ahead with this tremendous new neighborhood that I am so proud of.
I think the processes of decision-making and of working in groups have taught me the most. In an attempt to make these processes better Rocky Corner adopted a governance model called sociocracy. Our first training in sociocracy occurred in January, 2012 with American sociocracy pioneer, John Buck. Also present at that training, acting as helpers and learners too, were Jerry Koch-Gonzalez and Diana Leafe Christian. We have worked with both Jerry and Diana since 2012 because their focus for sociocracy was its use in community, cohousing specifically.
Jerry Koch-Gonzalez and his colleague Ted Rau recently started a very practical and public organization called Sociocracy for All (SoFA). In their own words “ Sociocracy For All is a non-profit social enterprise that provides easy access to resources, training and implementation of sociocracy.” They want to bring sociocracy “to the world”. I think they are doing just that in a way that is honest and affordable.
If you are interested in reading about sociocracy from a person living and teaching it daily, check out Ted Rau’s blog at Medium.com
And explore SoFA’s website
Submitted by Marie Pulito