Tag Archives: The Sociocracy Consulting Group

Gina Price, Australia

Gina Price is a certified trainer in sociocracy and a partner in the international Sociocracy Consulting Group and does training online and in Australia. Gina has been interested in the way people organize themselves since spending a year on an Antarctic Base in 1985. She experience includes working with groups in wilderness adventures, scientific expeditions, a Quaker community in Alaska, and an ecovillage development project.

Gina has been learning about and working with the Sociocratic method since 2004. In 2006 she initiated the formation of the Australasia Training Circle for Sociocracy which adopted the approach of “using the method to promote the method.” In 2007 this resulted in the group hosting the first training event in Australia after which Gina, under the mentorship of Tena Meadows O’Rear, consulted to the first Australian business to trial Sociocracy. In April 2008 Gina became a certified trainer in Sociocracy through Sociocratisch Centrum Nederland. In May 2008 she worked alongside Tena to present training to the Sydney Coastal EcoVillage and at the Business Leaders Forum on Sustainability, Parliament House, Canberra. In September 2008 she gave her first solo training in Fairbanks, Alaska.

In July 2009 Gina completed a Certificate of Coaching  with Coach School, Bentley, and brings a coaching approach to her work with individuals and organizations. Since then she has conducted a number of seminars, introductory evenings and further trainings. In teaching and promoting Sociocracy, Gina continues to develop approaches that provide opportunities for individuals to learn by doing.

In addition to regularly teaching seminars and workshops, Gina has done training in sociocracy/dynamic governance with the Sydney Coastal EcoVillage (Narara Ecovillage) and at the Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development, Parliament House, Canberra.

Education and Credentials

  • Certified Trainer in Sociocracy, Sociocratisch Centrum Nederland, 2008
  • Certificate of Coaching, Coach School, Bentley Western Australia, 2009
  • Certificate III in Permaculture, Eltham College, Victoria, 2011
  • PhD – Upper Atmosphere Physics in the Auroral Zone, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 1989

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, Massachusetts, US

Jerry Koch GonzalezJerry Koch-Gonzalez is a certified sociocracy consultant  and  partner in the Sociocracy Consulting Group. His focus is individual and organizational development in governance, decision-making, communication skills, and conflict resolution. His career has been in  organizing, educating, and consulting for social justice.

The approaches he uses are sociocracy/dynamic governance, Non-Violent Communication and Mediation, Restorative Circles, and Transformational Mediation. The organizations with which he has worked include Movement for a New Society, the National Coalition Building Institute, DiversityWorks, Cambridge Youth Peace & Justice Corps, Lesley College Center for Peaceable Schools, Boston College Center for Social Justice, Spirit in Action, United for a Fair Economy and Class Action.

Pioneer Valley CohousingTeaching and implementing sociocracy in intentional community is one of Jerry’s areas of focus. The cohousing communities and community leaders with whom he has worked include Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community (where he has lived since its founding in 1994), Green Haven (CT), Champlain Valley (VT), Burlington (VT), Pathways (MA), Jamaica Plain (MA), Cambridge (MA), and Cornerstone (MA). He is also active in New England Non-Violent Communication.

Jerry is a partner in the Sociocracy Consulting Group and publishes a blog, Both-And Consulting.

Nathaniel Whitestone, UK

Nathan Whitestone Nathaniel Whitestone is a certified sociocratic consultant based in England. He is a Director of the international development consultancy Aptivate in the UK, and is a co-founder of Genius Engine, an international management consultancy and game design firm. He has worked in the area of organizational development and transformation since 1996.

He developed his expertise in supporting personal transformation and creating high-quality relationships over three years of training with shamans in the American Southwest and another two years of apprenticeship with pioneering psychologists Drs. C.G. and Kathlyn Hendricks. He has served as steering-committee member of the Global Ecovillage Network and editor at the World Business Academy,

Nathaniel’s LinkedIn Page.

Videos on Sociocracy by People Using It

The  Sociocracy Consulting Group website  has a collection a of resources including videos explaining sociocracy and featuring people who are using sociocracy in their organizations.  A sampling of those available is listed below. At this writing they are all on one page, just scroll down to find the ones you would like to watch. (The links within each listing are to the organizations represented, not the videos.)

  • Excerpts from Ted Millich’s documentary Beyond Democracy.
  • Paul Kervick from Living Well, an award-winning health care organization in Bristol MA.
  • Renee Owen, Executive Director of Rainbow Mountain Children’s School in Asheville, NC.
  • Clips of several members of a permaculture group, Lost Valley Educational Center and intentional community.
  • A series of videos by Nathaniel Whitestone of Aptivate and Decision Lab in Great Britain that introduce the principles and methods of sociocracy. Nathaniel is also very involved with cooperative organizations in the UK.

There are also a number of videos on  YouTube, including copies of these, though at this point the ones collected at the Sociocracy Consulting site are the most accurate and useful.

Please let us know if you find additional videos. We would like to index them so people can find them. The examples of organizations using sociocracy are growing exponentially so it is difficult to track them.