Group Process


Sociocracy

Posted on December 7, 2011 by

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

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

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.


Call in the Experts?

Posted on September 7, 2010 by

Author: Beatrice Briggs Published in Communities Magazine Issue #148 Q. Our group is very divided. We need to make major decisions regarding finances, organizational structures, and policies, at a time when interpersonal tensions have reached a boiling point. Certain individuals and factions seem to be locked in power struggles, and at this point we are… Read More


Power and Powerlessness in Community

Posted on September 7, 2010 by

A community member transcends a feeling of powerlessness when he inadvertently comes up with a brilliant idea about how to organize cooking groups, and others join him in implementing it.


Balancing Powers

Posted on September 7, 2010 by
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In a healthy community, leadership and followship are equally important roles, each with vital skill sets that can assure effective teamwork.


Power and Disempowerment on the Ecobus

Posted on September 7, 2010 by
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Some saw this radical environmental education program as a “cult,” others as an intensely focused experience of challenge and growth. Had participants lost their individuality, or gained a new sense of self?


More Perspectives on Leadership and Followship

Posted on September 7, 2010 by
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The author identifies additional leadership skills, cautions against blind followship, and reflects on the many types of power in cooperative groups.


Being “Overthrown”—A Celebration

Posted on September 7, 2010 by

The founder of Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage describes what it’s like to be criticized, marginalized, stripped of leadership responsibilities, and given the opportunity to explore a new role.


Open Meetings: Worth the Risk?

Posted on June 7, 2010 by

Author: Beatrice Briggs Published in Communities Magazine Issue #147 Q: Our group is committed to education and to sharing our lives in community openly with others. We frequently host visitors, and also offer regular workshops and courses. We have traditionally welcomed visitors and program participants to attend our weekly community meetings, believing it gives them… Read More


Parenting in Community

Posted on March 7, 2010 by
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Though “baby having” had not been a consensus decision, a small community embraces a newborn, survives his infancy, and bonds like any other family: doing each other’s dishes, snuggling on the couch, and fighting over who gets a shower before the hot water runs out.


Network for a New Culture Camps

Posted on March 7, 2009 by

Participants in NFNC’s Summer Camps explore intimacy, transparency, freedom of choice, personal responsibility, sexuality, and new ways of being, teaching, and learning.


Best Meetings

Posted on December 7, 2008 by

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?”


Abundance and Scarcity in the Goodenough Community

Posted on December 7, 2008 by

A community confronts economic adversity by remaining constant in relationship, holding financial losses in common, and working together in fundraising, educational programs, and new projects.


Business and Well-Being

Posted on September 7, 2008 by

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


Every Politician Should Live in a Commune

Posted on September 7, 2008 by

After living in the PRAG House collective for 25 years before running for office, a Seattle City Councilor recommends that anyone entering politics consider experiencing intentional community first.


Searching for Republicans…and Other Elephants in the Community Living Room

Posted on September 7, 2008 by

An informal survey raises several compelling questions: Can communitarians
learn to focus on larger-scale politics as much as on internal politics? Should they? What’s proper political etiquette in community? And have you ever met a communitarian who is not left of center?


The Power Balance

Posted on March 7, 2008 by

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.


Preventing “Tyranny of the Minority”

Posted on December 7, 2007 by

Our consensus trainers and communication and process experts advise what to do about inadvertent “minority rule” in community.


Preventing “Tyranny of the Minority”

Posted on December 7, 2007 by

Our consensus trainers and communication and process experts advise what to do about inadvertent “minority rule” in community.


When Someone Blocks Far Too Frequently

Posted on September 7, 2007 by

Our consensus trainers and communication and process experts advise what to do about “repeat blockers” in community.


Privacy and Transparency

Posted on June 7, 2007 by

Author: Geoph Kozeny Published in Communities Magazine Issue #135 “How many of my thoughts and feelings is it good to share, and how much can I or should I keep to myself?” This important question applies whether you’re living in a community, working with a team, or being involved with family, friends, or lovers. A… Read More


Natural Building Blues

Posted on March 7, 2007 by

Natural building teacher Mark Mazziotti looks at how what could have been a stellar intern program went awry.


When Some of Us Don’t Support an Existing Agreement

Posted on March 7, 2007 by
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Expert advice from five community process and communication consultants.


What Interns & Work Exchangers Say…About Us

Posted on March 7, 2007 by

Communities magazine asks interns, work exchangers, and residential course participants what they think of us. Do our programs deliver what our websites promise? Are they comfortably housed and fed? Do we treat them well?