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John Buck was the first native English-speaking consultant certified by the Sociocratisch Centrum in Rotterdam to teach and guide implementation of the sociocratic circle-organization method. After he learned to read Dutch to gain full access to the literature and to study at the Sociocratisch Centrum, Buck has helped translate a number of key documents from the Dutch. With a BA from Brown University, he later completed an MA in Quantitative Sociology at George Washington University in order to measure the effects of sociocracy on Dutch workers. His thesis confirmed the effectiveness of the sociocratic method in increasing worker commitment to their companies. Now CEO of Governance Alive, a consulting firm that specializes in new governance methods, Buck has extensive experience managing people in both government and corporate sectors. He runs workshops, consults, and serves on the boards of sociocratic organizations. He lives with his wife in Silver Spring, MD.
Sharon Villines, MFA, is a writer and artist and Mentor Emeritus at Empire State College, SUNY, where she mentored adult students in the arts, including arts management. She now writes on a variety of topics related to community organization and governance, using her experience in nonprofit organizations, labor unions, universities, schools, religious and political action groups, cohousing, and other cooperative enterprises as a basis for helping others apply sociocratic principles and methods. She lives in a cohousing community in Washington, DC.