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Understanding How Consensus Works in Communities

January 31


12:00 PM

1:00 PM


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Understanding How Consensus Works in Communities

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

  • Pacific: 10:00-11:00am
  • Mountain: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Central: 12:00-1:00pm
  • Eastern: 1:00-2:00pm

Join consensus expert Laird Schaub for an introductory webinar on how consensus can work within your community to build connection.

About the event

Consensus offers excellent prospects, if done well, for developing group depth and cohesion—the very thing most crave when building community. Because success with consensus depends on the group being willing to work with both ideas and relationships at the same time, this interactive session will dive into an exploration of the skills needed for the relationship side of the equation.

In addition to a better understanding of consensus, you’ll leave this webinar with a practical list of communication skills that will enhance the ability of our group to function well, especially when there is disagreement about things that matter.

Join us for this 1-hour webinar to learn how consensus can help your group as well as get a taste for our upcoming 5-week course, Consensus for Communities.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about:

  • the basic premises behind consensus, and how it operates in a collaborative group
  • why working with energy is every bit as important as working with ideas if relationships are to thrive
  • whether you want to dig deeper into what it takes to do consensus right
  • what’s included in the upcoming 5-week course, Consensus for Communities

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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