Training: Decision-making in Sociocracy – Birmingham [postponed]

Please note that Co-operatives UK has cancelled all face-to-face events until August due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Due to the uncertainty of how long this will last we cannot guarantee that the cancelled events will be planned again for 2020. 

Please contact our events coordinator; [email protected] to be kept up to date. 

About the training

To cooperate means taking action together. But how do we make decisions on what to do, decisions that everyone can really get behind and support? 

At this session we will introduce the method of ‘consent’ – as used in Sociocracy and other participatory ways of working. Participants will practice the steps, and also explore the emotional conditions for making this work in real-life situations.

“Thanks for a great workshop. Thought-stimulating and uplifting on a personal, practical and strategic level. I’m looking forward to finding out more and implementing.” 

How much does it cost?

The training costs £150 + VAT for members of Co-operatives UK and £215 + VAT for non-members.

How attendees will benefit

  • Getting a practical taste of how to make decisions by consent.
  • Experiencing what is involved in increasing (or decreasing) tolerance to other people’s views.
  • Getting a sense of the next steps they need to take.
  • Meeting other people with common aims.

Who should attend

The session is aimed at people who may have heard of Sociocracy, and are curious about what it means in practice - what it is actually like to use the steps for gaining consent. It is suitable for anyone with a practical interest in alternative ways to make decisions and get things done.

What attendees will learn

  • To use the steps of making decisions by consent.
  • To notice and experience the process themselves.
  • Where and how to apply the steps.

There will also be opportunities for a small number of attendees to facilitate the process themselves. The session won’t cover the structural or other aspects of Sociocracy - although pointers to sources of information will be provided. 

About the trainer

Pete Burden is an organisational strategist, coach and facilitator with over 30 years’ experience working with purpose-driven businesses and organisations. He has worked in a variety of sectors including media, campaigning, publishing, education and digital technology.

Pete has introduced a variety of non-hierarchical methods of organising, including consent-based decision-making (as in Sociocracy), into many organisations and he has coached and supported hundreds of leaders and teams to make decisions in a supportive, non-judgemental and positive manner.

At this session, Pete will be supported by people with practical experience of using these methods every day in their organisations. This includes people  from worker coops such as Agile Collective, Outlandish and The Bristol Cable, and from the Transition Network.

Image: Pedro Sandrini

Event details
Date and time
Thursday, 30 April 2020 - 10:00am to 4:30pm
United Kingdom
More information
Contact Leoni Merrifield
Updated: 30/03/2020