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Melanie Rios: Sociocracy and Deep Democracy: Permaculture Approaches to Nurturing Thriving Social Ecosystems
Melanie Rios

Sociocracy and Deep Democracy:
Permaculture Approaches to Nurturing Thriving Social Ecosystems

This workshop introduces Sociocracy and Deep Democracy as permaculture-related tools for helping groups collaborate with more ease and joy. These tools can help you: 

  • Create networks of organizations that are effective at getting things done while at the same time tapping the wisdom and energies of everyone involved;
  • Develop an awareness of the roles we play and the sensory signals we send in a way that facilitates cooperation even in diverse and passionate groups.

We will briefly explore how sociocracy and deep democracy are complementary practices, and then we’ll learn to use a tool from each tradition.

Melanie Rios is the executive director and a permaculture teacher at the Lost Valley Education Center, an intentional community and non-profit educational and conference center outside of Eugene, Oregon. She is also a writer, activist, gardener, and musician, and has lived in intentional community for 35 years. Her Communities Magazine article, to be published this winter, describes the transition Lost Valley Center has made to a sociocratic method of governance, and is called “Sociocracy: A Permaculture Approach to Community Evolution.”

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