SoNeC Guide

SONEC is a framework for local decision-making determined by principles of justice and equality.

Authors: Barbara Strauch, Rita Mayrhofer

A Sociocratic Neighbourhood Circle, or SoNeC, is a group of neighbours that come together regularly in a circle. Everyone living in the same neighbourhood, regardless of their social status, is welcome to be part of a SoNeC, from elected political representatives to homeless people. Any issues that affect the neighbourhood that people care about and have the ability to influence or resolve together can be addressed.

SONEC is built on bringing together learning from:

The guide which you can download below is the abridged version of the SONEC Handbook which is based on the collaborative work of the members of nine organisations in seven European countries (Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Hungary) in the years 2020 to 2022. The cooperation was financed by the EU funding programme KA2 Erasmus+.

Read and download the free English version of the pdf in your browser, link below.

The full version is also available in German, Greek, Hungarian and Italian from the SONEC website here:

The publisher is Soziokratie Zentrum Österreich. Sociocratic Neighbourhood Circles in Europe © Soziokratie Zentrum Österreich 2022.


Paper | 09.08.23

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