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Addressing Participation Issues in Community

March 19 @ 2:00 PM 3:30 PM CDT

Addressing Participation Issues in Community

Addressing Participation Issues in Community

Tuesday, March 19 & Thursday, March 21, 2024

  • Pacific: 12:00-1:30pm
  • Mountain: 1:00-2:30pm
  • Central: 2:00-3:30pm
  • Eastern: 3:00-4:30pm

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Join longtime communitarian Laird Schaub to learn about tensions around participation in community and how you can resolve them.

About the event

Most communities begin with the sweet hope that all members will contribute meaningfully to the maintenance and well-being of the group…but then find that reality doesn’t match the dream. Some members are doing way too much, while others don’t appear to be doing anything.

Many people come into community with an assumption that the workload amongst members is going to be equal – this is a myth. There are various differences between people’s bandwidth. Not everyone’s bandwidth for work is going to be the same – those are agreements that need to be made within your community from the start.

In this two-part series, Addressing Participation Issues in Community work, we’ll unpack why the workload distribution seems uneven, the various questions that need to be addressed to have a robust participation program, and why there is not one best answer about how to set that up.

In this workshop, you’ll learn about:

  • Why it’s naive to expect that all members will contribute labor equally to the maintenance and well-being of the community
  • The ways in which Participation tensions can be a canary in the coal mine for a variety of community shortcomings
  • How a deeper understanding of group diversity will help you develop more realistic Participation expectations
  • The value of having specialized teams available to labor behind the scenes to help members work through interpersonal tensions, and to find roles in the community that are a good fit for them and what the community needs

About your presenter

Laird Schaub

Laird’s specialty is up-tempo inclusive meetings that engage the full range of human input, teaching groups to work creatively with conflict and diversity—all the while being ruthless about capturing as much product as possible. He lived for four decades at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing rural community that he helped found.
Laird also helped found the Foundation for Intentional Community, where he served as the main administrator for 28 years. In 1987, he created a self-insurance fund for healthcare among income-sharing communities called PEACH (Preservation of Equity Accessible for Community Health) that he ran for 22 years.
In addition to his expertise in community living, he’s parlayed his passion for good process into a consulting business focused on cooperative group dynamics, styled CANBRIDGE (Consensus And Network Building for Resolving Impasse and Developing Group Effectiveness), since 1987.

Read his blog Laird’s Commentary on Community and Consensus.


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Addressing Participation Issues in Community

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