Author: Tree Bressen
Tree Bressen is a group process consultant based in Eugene, Oregon, who works with intentional communities and other organizations on how to have meetings that are lively, productive, and connecting. Her website, www.treegroup.info, offers extensive free resources on consensus, facilitation, and more. (Tree uses a lower-case “i” in her articles as an expression of egalitarian values.) Articles by Tree Bressen include: When Community Land is Privately Owned (Issue # 141) Cigarettes, Alcohol, Visitors, and Events (Issue # 142) Avoiding Abundance’s Traps (Issue # 144) Balancing Outer and Inner Ecology (Issue # 143) Best Meetings (Issue # 141) Business and Well-Being (Issue # 140) The Quest for Community (Issue # 139) 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) The Bully Question (Issue # 145) Open Meetings: Worth the Risk? (Issue # 147) Call in the Experts? (Issue # 148) Eggshells and Stone Walls (Issue # 149) The Tyranny of Structurelessness? (Issue # 151) Busting the Myth, or Changing the Terms? (Issue # 155) A Few Basic Process Points for Happy Community Life (Issue # 156)
Want a “problem” person to behave differently? Give a different response.
Three group-process experts answer the question: “Please tell us a story of one of the best meetings you ever attended (as participant or facilitator). What was great about it? What do you think made it turn out so well?”
Author: Tree Bressen Published in Communities Magazine Issue #140 Q: Historically, our group has felt fairly unified in our core values. Our business discussions and decisions rested on certain basic assumptions and expectations, including the importance of respecting others, welcoming feedback, accepting personal responsibility for feelings and actions, avoiding blame, and—to the best of our… Read More
Tree Bressen traces her own path of exploration from commune to collective household, discovering that community isn’t always drawn in black and white.
What can you do if some people in your group seem to have more power than others? Our consensus trainers and group process experts respond.
Our consensus trainers and communication and process experts advise what to do about inadvertent “minority rule” in community.
Our consensus trainers and communication and process experts advise what to do about “repeat blockers” in community.
Expert advice from five community process and communication consultants.