Dynamic Governance for Collaborative Organizations


Fri, 01/27/2017 - 5:00pm to Sun, 01/29/2017 - 5:00pm


Led by John Schinnerer of the Sociocracy Consulting Group along with Executive Co-Directors of The Ojai Foundation, Miriam Tassone and Adam Rumack. This foundational training will blend dynamic governance (sociocracy) with council, as well as other collaborative decision-making processes. Open to individuals, organizations, and change-makers. 

To learn more about Monday's roundtable discussion, "Working with Dynamic Governance and Complementary Systems," click here.

Good governance is no accident--we create it by design. Benefits include greater creativity, faster adaptation, higher commitment, fewer and better meetings, and improved focus on organization vision, mission and aims.

So what is dynamic governance?

Dynamic governance — also called sociocracy — is a non-authoritarian organizational operating system that empowers people to make policy within their established domains, fostering better and clearer decisions. It is a whole systems design for self­-governance based on equivalence, transparency, and effectiveness.

And what is council?

Council is a circle-based practice of listening and speaking from the heart. It builds positive relationships between participants and neutralizes hierarchical dynamics by allowing participants to communicate in ways that lead to a heightened sense of common purpose. Council offers effective means of working with conflict and discovering the deeper, often unexpressed needs of individuals and organizations. Council, in its various forms, provides comprehensive and powerful practices for co-visioning, learning, and decision-making in a group context.

What to Expect 

This weekend training will be highly experiential, drawing on participants’ own organizational needs and experiences. We will engage directly with issues of governance structure, process, issues, and solutions and learn by doing in small and large group exercises. We will incorporate the practice of council and learn how it can be used as a cultural tool for circle-based leadership. 

Participants will receive a thorough introduction to the values, principles, and practical skills of dynamic governance. Members of any kind of organization (community-­based/grassroots, non­-profit, for ­profit, educational, governmental, and more)­ will learn to design and facilitate for high engagement, clear decisions, and commitment to action.

Learn to:

• Have more fun enjoyable, efficient, and productive meetings

• Increase individual and collective engagement, commitment, and empowerment

• Reduce tensions around power

• Enhance creativity and innovation

• Maximize effectiveness and efficiency in a collaborative environment

• Make better decisions

Pricing and Registration


To ask questions or to learn more, email or call us at 805-646-8343, ext. 123.


John Schinnerer is a whole systems design consultant who has taught and facilitated Sociocracy in Hawai'i, Australia, California and Oregon. His easygoing style and insightful approach support an optimal learning experience. The methods, tools and techniques that John offers invite maximum clarity, honesty, and integrity while enhancing efficiency and effectiveness ­ to help you get things done and have more fun!

Adam Rumack has facilitated transformative processes with individuals, groups, and organizations in some of the most challenging and beautiful places in the US. He is an executive co-director of The Ojai Foundation, a council trainer, and an Ashtanga yoga instructor. His work has taken him from the wilds of Big Sur to maximum security prisons, and many places in between.

Miriam Joy Tassone is known as a thought leader in the area of individual and organizational transformation. Starting life as a theatre and film director, Miriam quickly developed a passion for using her "tools of the trade"‚Äč in the service of community transformation. After developing a dual interest in business and education, Miriam began designing and delivering leadership programs and change efforts for organizations across the globe. Miriam is currently focused on her role as executive co-director of The Ojai Foundation while continuing to teach and lead collective wisdom practices.