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Understanding How Consensus Works in Cooperative Groups

August 23


6:00 PM

7:00 PM


Aug 23 | 6-7pm Eastern

Understanding How Consensus Works in Cooperative Groups

Join Laird Schaub for an introduction on how to develop depth and cohesion with consensus by building relationships.

Consensus, if done well, helps develop group depth and cohesion—the very thing most crave when building community.

The success of consensus depends on how willing you are in a group to focus on where you agree, to both build relationships and bridge different people in the group’s ideas. In this session, we’ll explore the skills needed to build relationships.

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.

What you’ll gain from this session:

  • A broad understanding of the basic premises behind consensus and how it operates in a collaborative group
  • Some perspective on why working with energy is every bit as important as working with ideas if relationships are to thrive
  • A practical list of communication skills you can use, especially when there is disagreement about things that matter

This is a one-hour teaser for the upcoming 5-week online course Consensus 101 for Cooperative Groups. This course is a deep dive into how your group can step into this time-honored way of reaching collective agreement.

Meet the Facilitator

The Art of Facilitation for Cooperative Groups and Working Constructively with Conflict in Community instructor image

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 — Understanding How Consensus Works in Cooperative Groups


Date: August 23

Time: 6:00-7:00pm ET (see your local time)

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