Group Process


Combating Racism, One Community at a Time

Posted on March 26, 2018 by
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Catholic Worker communities throughout the Midwest examine themselves, make changes, and reach out in an effort to overcome the insidious influences of white supremacy.


Class, Race, and Privilege in Intentional Community

Posted on March 24, 2018 by
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A co-owner of Heart-Culture Farm Community explores ways to use her privilege to help create a society where people are truly equal.


I’m Not a Racist, But Racism Is In Me—and in My Community

Posted on March 22, 2018 by
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Predominantly white communities are going to stay that way until they acknowledge and address racism. Here is some guidance for doing that.


Reflections on Class from a Newbie at Rocky Hill Cohousing

Posted on March 20, 2018 by
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A cohousing project’s budget can help address class and classism—but the community also needs to articulate and explore its culture’s underlying or hidden rules.


White Bias, Black Lives: When Unconscious Bias Affects Your Community

Posted on March 18, 2018 by
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Members of Sunward Cohousing recognize and attempt to transform their community’s differential treatment of white-skinned and dark-skinned neighborhood children.


Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Collective Liberation: Weaving the Communities Movement into Intersectional Justice Struggles

Posted on March 8, 2018 by
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The co-organizer of the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network shares strategies for deepening your community’s work on issues of race, class, and privilege.


Participatory Budgeting in an Income-Sharing Community

Posted on June 11, 2017 by
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How does one share income and expenses among a hundred people? Twin Oaks discovers how to supplant apathy with widespread engagement.


Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare!

Posted on January 11, 2017 by
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For some neighbors, the logical leap from “glimpse of skin” to “nudist colony” is a surprisingly short one to make.


Five Tools to Help Groups Thrive

Posted on December 21, 2016 by
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A clearly articulated evolutionary purpose, a welcoming of the whole self, and governance through self-management are keys to collective success.


Common Fire’s Top Ten Hard-Earned Tips for Community Success

Posted on April 11, 2016 by
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The sometimes triumphant, sometimes traumatic experiences of the three Common Fire communities yield wisdom relevant to anyone working to create a community.


Nobody Likes Bosses

Posted on November 1, 2015 by
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Even an anti-authoritarian household needs agreements—but who and how to enforce them is another question.


Hot Topic, Raw Emotion, and the Spice of Life: Chewing over Food Choice in Community

Posted on June 24, 2015 by
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At La’akea, members’ various approaches to food reflect the quest for emotional as well as physical sustainability.


Radical Governance Changes in Two North American Ecovillages

Posted on October 31, 2014 by
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Earthaven and Dancing Rabbit embrace their groups’ evolution and growth with innovative new governance and decision-making methods.


Burlington Cohousing’s Excellent Solar Adventures

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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When community members want to place “private” panels on “public” roofs, don’t expect clear sailing.


Living the Questions

Posted on September 7, 2012 by
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Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage grapples with obstacles to create a visionary housing project in rural Maine.


Busting the Myth that Consensus-with-Unanimity Is Good for Communities

Posted on June 7, 2012 by
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How can a diverse group best make decisions? After many years advocating it, the author concludes that consensus is not the answer.


Busting the Myth, or Changing the Terms?

Posted on June 7, 2012 by
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Want a “problem” person to behave differently? Give a different response.


“Busting the Myth”

Posted on June 7, 2012 by
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When assessing why a community is struggling to make decisions, we need to ask first how they handle conflict resolution, group-process training, and entrenched patterns.


Diversity Issues in Los Angeles Eco-Village

Posted on June 7, 2012 by
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A longtime ecovillage activist moves beyond denial to recognize the institutional racism affecting not only her society and her community, but her own way of thinking.


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?


Spirit in the Woods

Posted on March 7, 2012 by
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At New View Cohousing, practicing consensus, navigating illness, and simply
sharing lives are continuing spiritual exercises.


Sharing the Path

Posted on March 7, 2012 by
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Even “non-spiritual” groups can benefit through a multitude of simple practices that deepen participants’ connections with themselves, one another, and the sacred.


Sociocracy

Posted on December 7, 2011 by
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Lost Valley Educational Center avoids collapse and reinvigorates itself by applying a new approach to governance combining the best of diverse models.


Social Permaculture

Posted on December 7, 2011 by
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While expert at understanding ecological connections, permaculturalists often founder in relating with one another. Applying permaculture principles to group dynamics can help us work together more effectively.


Unto the Second Generation

Posted on September 7, 2011 by
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When a cohousing group’s honeymoon ends, and economic stress dictates selling units to any willing buyers, can a community’s core values and connections endure?


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.


Shadow Sides of NVC and Co-Counseling

Posted on March 7, 2011 by
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To make best use of nonviolent communication and co-counseling, avoid these traps.


Hand in Hand, Heart to Heart

Posted on March 7, 2011 by
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With loving help from others, the old emotional distresses that can sabotage both our mental health and our relationships in community can be cleared and permanently resolved.


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


And I Listen

Posted on December 7, 2010 by
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Howling, shouting, cries of despair, and The Pierced One greet a parent on her first visit to her daughter’s adopted community. Luckily, through lots of talking and listening, things improve.