Sociocracy 3.0 training for non-profits

Between 21-25 March we will host Xana Piteira and Maria Rute Costa from Orla Design that will show us a pattern language for more conscious collaboration from small start-ups to large international networks.


As people are looking for less hierarchical models to collaborate, we need structures and processes that enable effective cooperation and transformation of challenges and conflicts into opportunities to learn and grow. Sociocracy 3.0 training is a practical 4-day guide for evolving agile and resilient groups and organizations of any size.

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Xana Piteira and Maria Rute Costa work together since 2012. With various trainings and experiences in participatory learning and tools for organization and community dynamics, they find in Sociocracy 3.0 a precious source for collaborative work in multiple scales and personal development. Since they participated in several S3 trainings with James Priest and Lili David, they have been applying S3 in various contexts and accepting invitations to share their experience and the fundaments for its application.

More about them:


  • dinner 20:00
  • opening circle
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Morning circle
9:00 Welcome


Group Introductions

Group Agreements

Learning Outcomes

11:00 Break
11:30 What’s S3?

  • Definition
  • History
  • 4 Dimensions
  • Principles
  • Set of Patterns
13:30 Lunch
13:45 Announcements
14:00 Siesta
16:00 Navigate Via Tension

  • Domains
  • Drivers

Proposal Forming – Pattern

18:00 Proposal Forming – Demo

Artful Participation

20:00 Dinner
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Morning circle
9:00 Recap

Consent Decision Making – Pattern

Resolving Objections

Consent Decision Making – Practice

11:00 Break
11:30 Role Description and S3lection

Role S3lection – Demo

Role S3lection and Proposal Forming – Practice

13:30 Lunch
13:45 Announcements
14:00 Siesta
16:00 Peer Review

Consent to Proposal – Practice

18:00 Organizational Structure

Organizing Work

Bringing in S3

20:00 Dinner
  • Driver Mapping – how to kick off projects
  • Practice


– General concepts and history, basic principles and dimensions of Sociocracy 3.0 (S3);
– A majority of patterns for evolving agile and resilient organizations, understanding their purpose and application;
– Decision making processes that bring equivalence to collaboration;
– Tools to distribute and organize work effectively, while fostering engagement and self-responsibility;
– Several ways of bringing in S3 into different contexts, and how to build an organization; from scratch, moving from concepts to actions in self-organizing groups.


– Identify and communicate organisational needs, and learn how it can improve its ability to respond consciously and in continuous improvement;
– Learn how to facilitate and participate in collaborative practices that enable transparency, effectiveness, empiricism and consent;
– Identify specific patterns and practices to respond to specific needs of an organization;
– Learn how to co-create proposals effectively and evolving agreements and guide others to
do so;
– Develop reflexivity while exploring S3 practices, in order to enable personal and group development.


The course will take place in Sunseed – community-led non-formal educational centre for the transition towards sustainability in Andalusia, Spain. In the beautiful off-grid ecovillage of Los Molinos del Río Aguas, our lively international community works and learns together to develop, demonstrate, research and communicate accessible ways to reduce our environmental impact.

The accommodation is basic as we live in the natural reserve. We have outdoor compost toilets, solar panels, two solar heated showers and heating of the communal areas with the wooden/masonry stoves.


We would love to invite you to contribute depending on your financial capacity using the sliding scale between 225€-290€. The price includes:

  • 4 day course,
  • basic accomodation in the dormitory,
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day.

Early bird price

Book the course before 28.02 and get the early bird price of 190€!

If you have any question contact us: sunseed (at)

SunseedSociocracy 3.0 training for non-profits

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