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Jan 10/11 WORKSHOP Empowering People and Organizations Dynamic Governance: A Weekend Workshop Santa

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Empowering People and Organizations
Dynamic Governance: A Weekend Workshop with John Buck and Manfred Friedrich:

January 10th & 11th, 2015, in Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Jan 9th, 7:00-9:30pm, Saturday, Jan 10th, 10am-6pm, Sunday, Jan 11, 10am-5pm
Early bird discount before January 1: $175-285 sliding scale
Full price after Jan 1 : $210-$335 sliding scale
Scholarships and work trades available. For more info, call or email Lesley Weinstock: lesleyweinstock@yahoo.com, 805-212-0052
Payment: To register please go to: http://www.governancealive.com/register/
Workshop Event Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/805181679544551/

Start the New Year by setting aside time to empower yourself and your relationships. Learn how organizations and businesses around the world are “thinking smarter with circles.”

Dynamic Governance (aka Sociocracy) is an elegantly simple, innovative change from conventional business methods. We encourage you to bring several people from your organization. Bring your actual work issues. Learn tools to get things done!
In the workshop you will:
· Use collaborative decision-making, not consensus or win/lose voting.
· Experience how everyone can have a real voice in decision-making.
· Design power structures that foster creativity, reduce tension and prevent burnout.
· Learn to have fewer, shorter, meetings, heighten productivity and increase commitment
· Engage and empower both paid staff and volunteers.
Cost: Early bird discount before January 1: $175-285 sliding scale
Full price: $210-$335 sliding scale
Scholarships and work trades available. For more info, call or email Lesley Weinstock: lesleyweinstock@yahoo.com, 805-212-0052

Payment: To register please go to: http://www.governancealive.com/register/
Your fee includes:
· Optional teleconference 12:00pm, Tuesday, January 6 with a trainer to identify your needs.
· Support groups, advice and coaching after the workshop.
· Snacks, drinks and lunch Saturday and Sunday.

Sponsored by: Interplay & Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
Endorsers: Earth First Construction, Sweetwater Collaborative, Sama Group Santa Barbara, Center for Nonviolent Communication:

World Class Presenters:
John Buck: co-author of We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, Division Director, The Sociocracy Group, Netherlands. Consults with businesses, nonprofits, and collaboration Councils.

Manfred Friedrich: entrepreneur, organization builder, and mediator, offers Sociocracy to support conscious organizations longing to foster collaboration, equality, personal growth, transparency and better decisions.

Stories from around the world about dynamic governance:
· The School of Media, Culture, and Design: star performer at Woodbury University, Burbank, CA.
· The Appalachian Foodshed Project, a three-state system of Collaboration Councils with hundreds of volunteers, agencies, and businesses, is solving hunger and food desert challenges.
· The Permaculture Association of Scotland has adopted dynamic governance (sociocracy) as its governance system because it aligns with permaculture principles.

Intro to Dynamic Governance (aka Sociocracy), Friday, Jan 9th, 2015, 7:00-9:30pm, there will be an introductory public talk.with John Buck and
Sliding scale $5-10 suggested donation. https://www.facebook.com/events/369751236538965/
SB County Public Health Building, 300 North San Antonio Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110


“Dynamic governance made my job a lot more pleasant and I get a lot more done. It hasn’t decreased my work hours, but it has decreased the time I spend in meetings and I’ve been able to delegate more. Everything happens so much more quickly and runs so much better now.” Renee Owen, Director, Rainbow Mountain Community School, Asheville, NC

“With dynamic governance we are working with creativity. The typical bureaucratic structure [with top-down decision-making] leaves a lot of unmet needs on the table. With dynamic governance, the needs in the organization get met in a much more efficient way – and we have more fun!” Dee DeLuca, Executive Director, Living Well, Inc., holistic assisted living facilities in Vermont.

“All of a sudden in 2009 our business was way down. While that was going on, our management group was sitting down and making a plan. It was a very detailed and elaborate plan that happened spontaneously. Folks were comfortable enough with the process to put it on the table and get it into action. That’s a direct result of using the sociocratic process. If these guys had not come to action and done the work, we would have folded.” Richard Heitfield, President, Creative Urethanes, a speciality plastics manufacturer in Winchester, Virginia


We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy Perfect Paperback – May 23, 2007, by John Buck and Sharon Villines (Author)

We the People describes a new method of governing ourselves that creates more inclusive and efficient organizations. The United States Declaration of Independence asserted that all human beings are created equal and endowed by society with the unquestionable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In practice, however, these rights are often limited to the majority, the rich, or the property owners. Sociocracy ensures these rights to everyone, and in the process, makes profit-making businesses more profitable and non-profit organizations more effective. Using consent and collaboration as a foundation for decision-making and communications, it builds a strong governance structure that extends from the mailroom to the boardroom and from the client to the funders. Using the new sciences of cybernetics, systems thinking, and complexity theory, it creates organizations that are as powerful, self-organizing, and self-correcting as the natural world

‘Sociocracy – An Introduction’
Sociocracy is a better functioning, more respectful way to work together with other people. I made a video that tries to explain the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of it. It is not a training video. It is not the ‘how,’ for how to practice Sociocracy. It is an introduction so you can see what Sociocracy is, be a little familiar with the principles, and see how it transforms the people who use it.
Gregg Kendrick about Sociocracy/ Dynamic Governance in the workplace











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