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Sociocratic Circle Method

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What is the Sociocratic Circle-organization Method?
The Sociocratic Circle Organization provides a way of producing and leading organization on the basis of equivalence in decision making through the principle of consent.

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Governing Consent

The core of the method

The sociocratic ‘vision’ on living together is a society in which people live and share their lives as dissimilar, unique persons on the basis of an underlying equivalence regarding decision making. This equivalence may be realized according to the sociocratic Circle-organization Method, which is based on sociocratic norms and values.

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Examplifying the use of interactive formats in permaculture education

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Microteach session:
Examplifying the use of interactive formats in permaculture education
as presented at EPT, September 2013, Mas Franc, Catalunya
by Fransjan de Waard fdewaard@xs4all.nl

The presented format is called the ‘Consensus Workshop‘, and is part of the ToP work -Technology of Participation – as developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). This is an international network organisation that has roots in the movement for community organising in the South Side of Chicago, and considers it its mission “to enable people to bring about change in pursuit of a just and sustainable world for all”.

The Consensus Workshop is intended to help groups working for social change and similar goals, to get a better sense of an issue they are facing, look at options to resolve problems and move on with their work – doing so as a collective with a shared purpose but naturally made up of different individuals.

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Micro-teach session: Community Resilience

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Community Resilience: Exploring how communities can thrive in these challenging times. A summary of a micro teach with Davie Philip – by Andrew Zionts

I’m interested in using video tools and media in class plans introducing teaching resilience in PDCs. I’m particularly interested in how we frame the concept of resilience and its importance, framing it as something that helps us thrive and flourish, rather than something negative or defeatist.

How do we design for resilience? Normally we focus on place, and on physical structures, I believe that it is more important to focus on building resilience in our communities. I believe that rather than focus on sustainability, it is more important to focus on our ability to cope with change. An important part of this is identifying the assets and resources that we have to approach resilience.

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