Introduction To Sociocracy 3.0 Course

Vegetarian, ethically sourced food from our own production and local sources: 3 meals daily, plus snacks and tea/coffee during breaks.

Access to our venue’s facilities, including the prepared & shaded camping areas, hot showers, indoor bathrooms and dining hall, as well as WiFi, charging stations, course library, tools and didactic materials.


(food & camping included)

220€ Early Bird discount
(until the 13th of May)

June 8 and 9 – 2019

Evening sessions optional

Campo do Vale
Projecto Novas Descobertas
Quinta Vale da Lama
Odiáxere – Lagos

Tel: (+351) 926681773
Office: (+351) 282 697 862


Join us to explore the extraordinary co-creative potential of people collaborating together and discover how to grow more integrated, interdependent and humane organizations.

Non-profit organizations – social enterprises, charities, intentional communities, networks, movements, etc – attract people motivated by personal calling to serve a shared purpose, with great potential to co-create and have a meaningful impact in the world. However, regardless of context, collaboration brings both opportunity and challenges and the non-profit sector is no exception.

Sociocracy 3.0 (S3) is a flexible and modular practical guide based on principles, with tools for growing dynamic, learning and responsive organizations that optimize value creation through collaboration. It builds on sociocratic practices, reflects fundamentals of Non-Violent Communication and integrates principles from Agile / Lean, to provide a rich variety of compatible options to choose from and adapt, according to unique context and needs. S3 acts as a “social technology” for raising self-accountability and participation. It supports distribution of power to all, within interconnected domains, freeing people up to decide and act. It facilitates co-creativity, fosters transparency and enables the potential for equivalence of all concerned.

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Basic concepts, history, seven principles and four dimensions of Sociocracy 3.0;
- Theory and practice of decision making processes: Consent Decision Making, Proposal Forming and Role Selection;
- Patterns for Work Coordination, Organizational Structures and Bringing In S3.


- Discover what Sociocracy 3.0 is and how its various patterns provide a menu of options for organizations wishing to build resilience, adaptability and effectiveness;
- Discover practices to improve meetings, tapping into collective intelligence of groups, and guarantee the potential of equivalence in decision making;

- Understand and practice consent decision making and learn why it’s an effective alternative to consensus or command-and-control approaches to decision making in organizations;
- Learn tools to distribute and organize work effectively, while fostering engagement and self-responsibility;
- Develop a “solutions focused” attitude and explore the creative opportunities lying buried at the heart of seemingly challenging situations;

- Learn how to facilitate and participate in collaborative practices that enable transparency, effectiveness, empiricism and consent;
- Learn about underlying issues that stand in the way of effective collaboration and ways to overcome them;
- Develop personal and interpersonal skills that increase your ability to make a positive contribution in collaboration with others.
- Discover several ways of bringing in S3 into different contexts.

After completing the course, you will be able to apply what you have learned in your work environment and/or with your customers and clients, as well as any collaboration you are part of. Along with the exploration of practical tools, practices and structures that facilitate effective collaboration, this learning journey will touch on the topic of habitual and cultural patterns of behaviour in groups and examines how S3 patterns can help to transform challenges in collaboration into opportunities to innovate, learn and grow.

Our journey together will consist of a balanced programme combining theory, demonstration, practice and reflection.


Engaged catalyst for social transformation, nature connection and reinventing communities, observes a social movement of people wanting more and more to lead a life with purpose and that our ways of working together need to be more effective and potentiate interdependence and support to each other. Facilitates collaborative spaces that bring meaning and focus on community resilience at local and global levels. Envisions a world where communities self-organize according to the needs of their people and landscape, taking responsibility for their own learning and impact of their lives on the whole. Has been learning, experimenting and sharing Sociocracy 3.0 patterns since 2015.

Xana Piteira
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Having graduated in Landscape Architecture and trained to design human settlements in a holistic way, Maria has been always eager to bring solutions for the systemic challenges we face nowadays. Forests and landscape regeneration have been her great motivation to act and people in collaboration her preferred context to work in. She believes that groups and communities have to self-organize in order to be resilient and have a positive impact in the world, and that this is possible when finding creative and effective ways of meeting the needs of people and their surroundings. In Sociocracy 3.0 found a precious guide for collaborative dynamics in several contexts and personal growth, and has been learning, practicing and sharing it since 2015.

Maria Rute
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Course organized by Projecto Novas Descobertas Association, in partnership with ORLA Design.