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What does it take to run a community? What are meetings like, who decides what and how can new people be included? What's different or the same if we use Dynamic Governance (DG) (=sociocracy) to govern ourselves?

This webinar is part of a series of online events where residents of sociocratic intentional communities share their stories, about how they share the work, how they hold their meetings, how they solve conflict, what they struggle with, what they are proud of and what they have learned over the years.

The event on November 2nd will have Amy Freed and Jana Lussier, both long-time residents of Pioneer Valley. Both of them are deeply involved in the self-governance of their community:

  • Amy is leader of membership circle, holds the role of the community's internal listserv admin, she is leader of Community Life circle, and member of the General Circle.
  • Jana is part of the circle taking care of plants, animals and land, and delegate to the General Circle.

They will talk about Pioneer Valley's circle structure, meetings and learning from more than 24 years of living together and 6 years of self-governing with DG. There will be a lot of time for questions from webinar participants.

Pioneer Valley cohousing in Amherst, Massachusetts, was built in 1994. It has 32 residential units, a large common house and includes renters and off-campus members. The community's website is

This event of about 1-1.5 hours will be held on the video platform zoom. A link to access the meeting will be distributed by email to all registered before the webinar. For those who miss it, the event will be recorded. To avoid confusion about time zones, you can display the event time in your own local time.


Other events in the series will be: TREE community in the Ithaca Ecovillage (date tbd), Cohabitat Québec (date tbd).

We rely on donation to make these webinars accessible to everyone. Please consider giving a suggested donation of $12 to support the non-profit host organization, Sociocracy For All.

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