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7 Membership Questions All Cooperative Groups Need to Address

October 5, 2022


1:00 PM

2:00 PM


7 Membership Questions All Cooperative Groups Need to Address

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

  • Pacific: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Mountain: 12:00-1:00pm
  • Central: 1:00-2:00pm
  • Eastern: 2:00-3:00pm

Join our webinar with long-time communitarian Laird Schaub to get clear on the membership questions you should be asking. This is a teaser for the upcoming Designing a Community Membership Process course.

About the event

While most cooperative groups do not discuss all these questions or even any of them, all groups should. The important thing to keep in mind is not so much what is the right answer – there are many of them – as it is to avoid the price of ambiguity down the line.

Get clear on the membership questions your community should be asking now in this free, one-hour webinar. If your group already has agreements or at least a working understanding about how you want to handle these basic areas, great! If you haven’t gone there yet, you’ll be returning with homework from this session.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about:

  • what it means to be a member of cooperative groups
  • what membership questions group should anticipate discussing
  • how to be a savvy shopper when considering whether to join a cooperative group
  • what’s included in the upcoming 5-week course, Designing a Community Membership Process.

Who should attend?

You should attend if you’re:

  • part of a membership team
  • part of a new community creating a membership process
  • part of a new community wanting to attract new members

About your presenter

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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. 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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