Sociocracy in NVC

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Sociocracy in NVC

The international NVC movement has recently begun integrating principles of Sociocracy with NVC. Our CNVC organization has begun using Sociocracy for Board/GCC meetings, and several regions of the world are creating Circles. This area on NVCwiki is for discussion of whether and how principles and techniques of Sociocracy might be added to NVC. Already there are many indications that this combination contributes toward more harmony and effectiveness in NVC groups and organizations.


For groups forming or interested in creating or joining Circles, we invite you to participate in the new GCC Area on this wiki.

From Sociocracy Consultant John Buck - June 2006

Update on implementation of Sociocracy

From CNVC Executive Director - June 14, 2006

I am very excited to share one of the ways we at CNVC are developing opportunities for everyone who values NVC to be connected. Stronger connections within the NVC network have the potential to enhance significantly our ability to share NVC more widely, more quickly, and with more fun through increased coordination of activities, mutual support, and sharing of ideas and information. Through nonviolent "power with" governance and a representational organizational structure we hope to build connections which will increase the joy of cooperation, and contribute more broadly.

On May 10, 2006 after a period of open comment in the network, the CNVC Board approved the proposal to create a NVC Global Coordinating Council (GCC), which will eventually include regional delegates from all parts of the world, provide ongoing awareness of needs in the network, and contribute to devising effective strategies to support those needs being meet.

The current strategy is to form a GCC with initial delegates in the next few months. The initial delegates will have relatively short terms so that we can repeat the selection process later this year or early next year with a more inclusive process. The initial delegates will provide us with invaluable insights into what we need to consider as we design a process that will eventually include every person who would like to be involved. Liz Gay, selected from Asia Pacific became the first delegate to the GCC in May, and Anne Bourritt, has nominated by the French-speaking region (including participants from Canada). Organizing activities regarding selection of GCC delegates are occurring in other language/geographic regions as well.

The initial delegates will be helping to develop ways to include individuals or groups who want to be involved (in selecting a delegate) to notify us of their interest, perhaps through our website.

We hope to then to have a process for connecting those individuals and groups with others in their geographical area (by telephone perhaps, as will be attempted in North America) to select a nominee from their local area.

A group of such local area reps will then select a representative for a larger geographic area. That delegate will then be part of a group selecting a delegate for an even larger geographic area. This process will continue until there are about five to ten reps from around the world serving on the Global Coordinating Council.

To see more on CNVC organizational implementation of nonviolent governance since February 2005 go to: and download attachment 3 in English or German

For more information on sociocracy and nonviolent governance, including organizational linking and decisions by mutual consent go to: and download attachment 4 in English or German and

In connection,
Jori Manske
Interim Director and Certified Trainer