Author: Laird Schaub


Laird Schaub, a member of Sandhill Farm community in Missouri, has been doing consulting work on group process since 1987. A longtime activist in community networking, he has lived in community since 1974 and been involved with the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) since 1986; he is currently its Executive Secretary. 660-883-5545. Laird authors a blog which can be read at communityandconsensus.blogspot.com.

Articles by Laird Schaub include:

  • My Journey with Money (Issue # 141)
  • Whole Foods (Issue # 140)
  • Pulling Proposals Out of a Hat (or Some Orifice) (Issue # 140)
  • Good to Go (Issue # 139)
  • Martyrs and Slackers (Issue # 138)
  • Taking Time for Transitions (Issue # 137)
  • Geoph Kozeny--Dead at 57 (Issue # 137)
  • Tragedy's Hard Questions (Issue # 136)
  • Curious George Steps Back (Issue # 136)
  • Looking Up (Issue # 135)
  • The Marriage of Marriage and Community (Issue # 134)
  • Technology Doesn't Change Just the Answers--Sometimes It Changes the Questions as Well (Issue # 142)
  • Cigarettes, Alcohol, Visitors, and Events (Issue # 142)
  • How Collaboration Falls Short (Issue # 144)
  • Avoiding Abundance’s Traps (Issue # 144)
  • O Subscriber, Where Art Thou? (Issue # 143)
  • Balancing Outer and Inner Ecology (Issue # 143)
  • Minding the "P"s for Cues (Issue # 143)
  • Best Meetings (Issue # 141)
  • Business and Well-Being (Issue # 140)
  • The Power Balance (Issue # 138)
  • Preventing "Tyranny of the Minority" (Issue # 137)
  • When Someone Blocks Far Too Frequently (Issue # 136)
  • When Some of Us Don't Support an Existing Agreement (Issue # 134)
  • Lessons from the Orchard (Issue # 145)
  • The Bully Question (Issue # 145)
  • Problem Solving in Community (Issue # 146)
  • Family Dramas (Issue # 146)
  • Kat Kinkade, 1930-2008 (Issue # 140)
  • Afloat in Choppy Seas (Issue # 147)
  • Miller Keeps the Gears Turning (Issue # 147)
  • Three Essential Agreements of Effective Groups (Issue # 148)
  • The Straw Poll that Broke the Camel’s Back (Issue # 148)
  • Open Meetings: Worth the Risk? (Issue # 147)
  • Call in the Experts? (Issue # 148)
  • Eggshells and Stone Walls (Issue # 149)
  • The Passing of a Gentle Warrior for Peace (Issue # 149)
  • Poor Minutes Lead to Wasted Hours (Issue # 149)
  • Being Vigilant About Vigilante Dynamics (Issue # 150)
  • The Tyranny of Structurelessness? (Issue # 151)
  • Down the Rabbit Hole (Issue # 151)
  • The Relationship of Relationships to the Group (Issue # 151)
  • Left Livelihood (Issue # 152)
  • Managing Management (Issue # 152)
  • Changeaculture (Issue # 153)
  • Giving Up the Gjetost (Issue # 154)
  • Doing the Heavy Lifting on Affordability (Issue # 155)
  • “Busting the Myth” (Issue # 155)
  • Much Better, Thanks (Issue # 155)
  • The Paralysis of Racism in Social Change Groups (Issue # 155)
  • Echovillage Living (Issue # 156)
  • “Busting the Myth, Part II”: More Thoughts (Issue # 156)
  • Forty Candles and Counting (Issue # 157)
  • The Dryer, the Chain Saw, and the Laptop (Issue # 158)
  • Eat Like You Give a Damn (Issue # 159)
  • Crossing the Red Sea (Issue # 159)
  • The Peace Bridge (Issue # 160)
  • Unpacking the Dynamics of a Packed Car (Issue # 161)
  • Gender Dynamics in Cooperative Groups (Issue # 162)
  • Honoring Ira Wallace (Issue # 162)

Community as Economic Engine

Posted on June 21, 2017 by
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A long-time communard suggests ways non-income-sharing communities can better support their members’ economic well-being.


The Intergenerational Challenge

Posted on March 24, 2015 by
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Bringing in older members can present costs but also yield great benefits, especially in maintenance and development of the community and—when handled well—in mentorship.


The Entrepreneurial Dilemma

Posted on June 28, 2014 by
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Integrating entrepreneurial energy into cooperative communities often proves both difficult and necessary.


The Peace Bridge

Posted on September 14, 2013 by
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Tamarack Institute and FIC invite all of us to share our conversations about community.


The Paralysis of Racism in Social Change Groups

Posted on June 7, 2012 by
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When a member of a minority population claims racism, how does a group committed to racial nondiscrimination respond?


The Relationship of Relationships to the Group

Posted on June 7, 2011 by
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Relationships don’t exist in a vacuum. Through a culture of communication and support, communities can create the healthy container which relationships need in order to flourish.


Poor Minutes Lead to Wasted Hours

Posted on December 7, 2010 by
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Author: Laird Schaub Published in Communities Magazine Issue #149 Good records of what happened at meetings are important for a variety of reasons: ● Informing members who missed the meeting what happened. The minutes should include sufficient detail that people will be able to tell if points dear to them have already surfaced in the… Read More