Dynamic Governance: Best Practices for Co-Housing and Not-for-Profit Organizations, November 6-8, 2015

Jerry Koch Gonzalez

Jerry Koch Gonzalez

This engaging and practical 2 to 3-day training (last day optional), sponsored by Learn@Ecovillage, will cover the principles and practices of Dynamic Governance (D G, aka Sociocracy) through verbal, visual, and hands-on demonstrations and exercises. Jerry Koch Gonzalez will guide participants through simulated DG Circles, decision-making by consent, and many other aspects of this method. Friday and Saturday will provide exposure to the topic; Sunday’s session (optional) will move from theory to implementation.

These sessions are ideal for people looking for an approach to community (and organization) governance that is effective, transparent and egalitarian. Communities using Dynamic Governance report a greater sense of satisfaction, accomplishment, effectiveness and good will.

– Friday, November 6, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: introduction.
– Saturday, November 7, 9 AM – 9 PM: hands-on demonstrations and exercises; simulated DG Circles, decision-making by cont, roles and leadership, organizational design and other aspects of DG.
– Sunday, November 8, 9 AM – 12:30 PM (optional): from theory to implementation.

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez is a consultant and a certified trainer in Dynamic Governance and Compassionate Communication (NVC), focusing on governance, decision-making, communication skills, and conflict resolution. He is a founding member of the Pioneer Valley Cohousing, a 21-year old community successfully using Dynamic Governance. Jerry is the CEO of The Sociocracy Consulting Group (TSCG), a network of consultants in the USA.


For more information contact (562) 324-1014

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DG Basic Concepts Graph


Ecovillage Ithaca is part of a global movement of people seeking to create positive solutions to the social, environmental and economic crises our planet faces. Since 1991 we have developed an award-winning ecovillage that invites you to live, learn and grow. Our mission is to promote experiential learning about ways of meeting human needs for shelter, food, energy, livelihood and social connectedness that are aligned with the long-term health and viability of Earth and all its inhabitants.

Learn@EcoVillage Ithaca is our non-profit education organization which coordinates tours and programs, hosts media visits and partners with local projects and global networks. The learners we serve include beginning farmers, college faculty and students, green building professionals, aspiring cohousers, activists and global citizens who want to help build a positive future that works for all. Learn@EcoVillageIthaca is a project of the Center for Transformative Action  at Cornell University.


For a quick reference to DG, here are some executive summaries of articles, together with the source references:

From Consensus to Dynamic Governance at Lost Valley

– Summary of the above article

Columbia Ecovillage D G Article

Summary Columbia DG Article

Cohousing Communities using Dynamic Governance in North America: Lost Valley Educational Center, OR; Columbia Ecovillage in Portland, OR; Pioneer Valley Cohousing, MA; Katywil Cohousing, MA; Green Haven Cohousing, CN; Champlain Valley Cohousing, Charlotte, VT; Belfast Cohousing, ME; Ecovillage of Louden County, VA; Cohabitat Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec.