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Making Community Simple: How to Facilitate Your Group through Anything [Webinar]

January 27, 2022


4:30 PM

5:30 PM


January 27 | 5:30-6:30pm Eastern

Making Community Simple: How to Facilitate Your Group through Anything [Webinar]

Join facilitation expert Laird Schaub for an introduction on how to facilitate around difficult issues for the well-being of your community.

When a challenging community issue turns out to be multi-faceted, it’s often unclear how to best tackle it or where to even begin. In this free one-hour webinar, Laird will unpack the dynamics and choices at play when facilitating difficult conversations.

Rather than just talking theory, we’ll roll up our sleeves and engage with a known complex topic that most communities struggle with: What’s expected of members in the way of non-monetary contributions to the maintenance and well-being of the community?

This will be a highly interactive exploration of a foggy situation that will be both fun and illuminating!

What you’ll gain from this session:

  • How to understand better the complexities of member participation
  • The power of breaking complicated topics into digestible chunks
  • How to recognize and integrate the energetic aspects of a topic with the concepts, principles, and values
  • Greater appreciation for the social skills needed to address issues well and make community thrive
  • Whether you think Laird knows what he’s talking about, and whether you think you could learn more about facilitation from him!

This is a one-hour teaser for an upcoming 5-week course, The Art of Facilitation for Cooperative Groups. This immersive program will include the ways in which people differ and how to work creatively and inclusively with those complexities, how to efficiently tackle issues that are worth of whole group attention, and much more.

Course Instructor

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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. Laird lived for four decades at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing rural community that he helped found.

He 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..



Webinar–Making Community Simple: How to Facilitate Your Group through Anything


Date: January 27th

Time: 5:30-6:30pm ET (see your local time)

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Affordable and Accessible

All our events are run on a sliding scale basis. Generous donations cover the costs for low-income attendees. FIC is committed to making our programs accessible to people of all walks of life.

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You’ll receive the recording of your event to view for up to one month (unless otherwise noted). So don’t worry if you can’t attend a live session. Watch or listen whenever it is convenient for you.

Loved by Community Builders

What a beautiful gift to our intentional community builders and leaders! FIC’s programs provide a way for thinking and concerned people to collaborate for solutions to our multitude of global crises. Thank you FIC!Terri Garcia

I am constantly impressed by the down-to-earth practicality of the FIC workshops combined with the philosophical questions that are so vital for us to explore. I’m grateful for the excellent planning and delivery of the workshops by skilled and inclusive presenters, who create a space that is both welcoming and invites participants to challenge existing ideas and world views. Well done and thank you FIC.Claire Ogden

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