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Ted J. Rau

Ted Rau, co-founder of Sociocracy for All (Sofa) and author of Many Voices, One Song.

Ted Rau, co-founder of Sociocracy for All (Sofa) and author of Many Voices, One Song.

Ted J. Rau is a linguist, videographer, and singer-songwriter. He learned about sociocracy when he moved into a sociocratically run cohousing community. Seeing how effective decision-making was there, and enjoying the flow in sociocratic meetings, he realized, “I am leaving the meeting even more refreshed and energized than I came.” Ted understood that sociocracy, particularly in combination with NVC, was big and potentially world-changing.

Ted started paying attention to the suffering that ineffective meetings bring almost everywhere people collaborate—which is everywhere where people are. People and their universal need to connect and move things are at the center of our attention. The training in syntax and semantics taught Ted to find patterns that work well for the human mind, to work empirically, and to break things down so they can be understood. Being a parent taught him to be extremely pragmatic; at the end of the day, dinner must be on the table no matter whether the new vision statement is done or not.

In 2016, Ted and Jerry Koch-Gonzalez founded the Sociocracy for All (Sofa) and the Sociocracy Academy. Ted is the leader of the SOFA General Circle and Program Director of the Sociocracy Academy.

Ted J. Rau is co-author with Jerry Koch-Gonzalez of the new sociocracy handbook Many Voices, One Song. He regularly publishes articles on Medium about sociocracy, Non-Violent Communication, and linguistics.


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