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Participation in Community: Understanding Tensions and Resolutions

October 6, 2023 @ 11:00 AM 12:00 PM CDT

Participation in Community: Understanding Tensions and Resolutions

Friday, October 6th, 2023

  • Pacific: 9:00-10:00am
  • Mountain: 10:00-11:00am
  • Central: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Eastern: 12:00-1:00pm

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

About the event

Most communities encounter bumps in the road when it comes to non-monetary member contributions to the maintenance and well-being of the group. In Participation in Community: Understanding Tensions and Resolutions, we’ll outline why that happens, 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. 

Join us for this introductory 1-hour webinar, to gain an understanding of healthy group dynamics around shared work in community, as well as get a taste for our upcoming 5-week course, Participation & Work in Community.

In this webinar, 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
  • How a deeper understanding of group diversity will help you navigate Participation tensions better
  • The value of having a Care Team available to help members work through tensions they are not able to resolve on their own (because Participation can be expected  will evince tensions from time to time)

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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