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Conflict Resolution Basics: fight, flight, or opportunity?

July 16 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT , virtual event for the public

Join us on July 16th at 4-6pm Eastern (See your local time)


This informative session will explore ways to address conflict and interpersonal tensions within communities… or any group that wants to work constructively with their feelings. The online learning session will be led by Laird Schaub, an early founder of FIC and with decades of intentional community living and consulting experience.


About this Workshop

Why do we conduct meetings as if working rationally is the only option? As humans we are emotional beings, too, and we miss out on both information and energy when we disallow feelings as welcome input. While most of us haven’t been raised to work constructively with strong emotions, it can be done!


Key points to be covered:
  • Defining conflict
  • Why work on conflict at all?
  • Why work in the dynamic moment?
  • Why work on it in the group?
  • Method for working with conflict
  • Hints for facilitating conflict
  • Options when upset
  • Why work unilaterally?


Why this workshop matters:

It is defining for communities whether they make a commitment to working with the feelings that arise among members in the context of living together. While it takes skill to do this well, it is expensive and limiting to ignore it.


👉Register to receive a recording that you can listen or watch anytime, even if you can’t attend the live session!


Register to Join on July 16th

Please give generously to help make it possible for low-income participants to join. You’ll receive a confirmation email with the zoom information and the session recording after registering.

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About Laird Schaub:

Laird lived for four decades (1974-2014) at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing rural community that he helped found. He also helped found the Fellowship for Intentional Community, a clearinghouse of information about North American communities of all stripes, and served as that organization’s main administrator for 28 years (1987-2015). In 1987 he created a self-insurance fund for health care needs among income-sharing communities called PEACH (Preservation of Equity Accessible for Community Health) that he ran for 22 years (1987-2009), growing it from a dream to a loan fund with net assets over $500,000. 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), which he’s been doing since 1987. His 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. As both a consultant and a teacher he pioneered a facilitation and leadership training program where students meet eight times in three-day weekends spread out over two years. Since launching that in 2003, he’s delivered the program 14 times in locations all across the US. Since 2007 he’s authored a blog that has more than 1200 entries, writing about group dynamics, intentional community, and his life along the way:


July 16
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
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Foundation for Intentional Community