C1 – SFTC – Sociocracy Facilitation Training Course
Centro Panta Rei, Passignano sul Trasimeno (PG) – Italy
8-15 June 2016
The Italian project team was assigned to select a location for the training out of a short list prioritized by all
partners during the meeting in March 2016 considerations were given to attendees from other European organizations that wanted to join and solutions were found for communication, expenses and future engagement with the SEOC project.
This is a strategic objective of SEOC which implies implementation dissemination and research outside the partnership.
The activity took place in Italy in one of the major ecovillages in June 2016 before the main RIVE yearly
conference and the European GEN Conference.
The trainer team was formed during the TM in March. It included James Priest, Liliana David, Andrei Iuroaia,
Claudian Dobos, Genny Carraro with contributions from Mauge Canada.
the event was designed based on existing training designs and the experience of the trainer team. The
process was most active from March to late May. An online design process and several meetings were
included in the activity of what was called the ‘Content Circle’ (officially the training design circle).
It was built on the experience of the previous format of the classic sociocracy intro and deepening but
aligned to the S3 framework and the SEOC project requirements and strategy and was radically more
focused on practice and implementation of s3. The implementation case was SEOC itself and the attendees
were learning to facilitate and apply s3 by working on the real project together with the core SEOC team.
This made it real and created a sense of inclusio
it was a 7 day course including a 4 day intro and a 3 day Open Space format for implementation and
the training included preparing attendees in using and participate in the LOVR.
the deepening module focused on facilitation training and was based on the specific needs and contexts of
the participants as identified in the Open Space session.
the Open Space session was also used for addressing issues pertaining to implementation and individual
presentations of additional tools methodologies and skills in formal and non-formal adult education
brought by the participants themselves.
The 3 days practical session was using s3 patterns to structure working groups, elect people into roles that
were created and raise up topics related to the project, to the resource library and also to facilitator training
needs, implementation plans and generally teaching s3.
This approach was highly appreciated by the attendees who found that it enabled them to learn by plugging
into the SEOC team, contributing voluntarily to the project and work in a large team using S3. It also created
3 days of constant facilitation practice by rotation. Sessions were set up for working on implementation and
so individuals received support on designing implementation plans for their own organizations.
Participants also had the chance to give each other feedback on their facilitation skills and receive coaching
from the trainers who were also fully involved in the 3 days of practice.
Objectives and results achieved:
included an intro module training attendees in how to use and participate in the LOVR
deepening module focused on facilitation training a more precise outline of the course was consolidated after the experience as the SFTC O2.
Open space session for addressing issues pertaining to implementation and individual presentations of
additional tools methodologies and skills in formal and non-formal adult education brought by the
skill building for facilitating implementation of sociocracy
training attendees in how to replicate the course and train other facilitators (manual in O2)
blending with other methodologies, methods, tools and systems (Non Violent Communication, Voice
Dialogue, Kanban flow, Lean, Agile, Dragon Dreaming project design, community building methods,
Permaculture design and others)
“Learning by doing” – 3 days of constant practice within a real organization (the SEOC organization)
We used this learning experience to improve the concept for the Multiplier events design and integrated it in
the SFT outline.