So you want to start a community...

THAT'S AWESOME

AND IT CAN ALSO BE HARD

90% of new communities don't make it past the 5-year mark.

That's why I recommend getting some expert help to ensure your success.

But wait!  I hear you say, We can't afford consultation.  We need all our money for buying land and fixing it up.

But communities rarely fail for lack of good physical structures.  Most fail for lack of good invisible structures.

I help collectives overcome their barriers to creating good invisible structures, so they can avoid conflict and realize their goals. 

Vision and Launch

You hold a vision in your mind of your ideal collective. But what steps do you need to take to make it a reality? I can help you craft the essentials to bring your dream to earth. We will focus on your mission, vision, values, and goals.

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Growth

You've launched! Fantastic. Now let's focus on defining your membership, and creating structures for good decision making. All our efforts will be geared toward building a strong foundation of invisible structure to support your collective for years to come.

Maintaining

Your collective is alive and functioning. And yet, you know it could run more smoothly. Let's focus on conflict resolution and building your communitarian toolkit. We'll address the specific problem areas and find solutions tailored to your unique collective.

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LET'S EXPLORE YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS

Whether you're still just dreaming about your ideal community or you've been up and running for years, let's talk about how I could be of service to your vision.

My Services

THE 3 PILLARS OF HEALTHY COMMUNITY ARE STRUCTURES, SKILLS, & RELATIONSHIPS. ALL MY SERVICES ARE DESIGNED TO HELP YOUR GROUP STRENGTHEN IN THESE AREAS.

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Facilitation

Good facilitation is key to effective meetings.  I can make sure your meetings run smoothly, so all your members can focus on the topic at hand.

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Mediation

Conflict is an inherent aspect to collectives.  I can help resolve conflicts between individuals or groups, so that you can harness the potential power of your differences.

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Consulting

Every developing collective could benefit from expert consultation.  I can help you develop a firm foundation of "invisible structure" that will allow your collective to stay solid in the years to come.

Workshops

FIND THE TOPIC THAT WOULD MOST BENEFIT YOUR COLLECTIVE

All of these can be done as standalone workshops, or linked together to create a more comprehensive learning experience for your group.

The Basics of Consensus

  • what consent is, what it isn’t

  • how to create agendas for useful meetings​

  • how to keep good minutes

  • the right groups for the right decisions

  • stepping up, stepping back

  • how to use stand-asides and blocks​

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Communitarian Toolkit

  • common hurdles, traps, and challenges in community

  • balancing the needs of individual and group

  • social ecology and different roles

  • power and hierarchy

  • best practices for sex and romance

  • how to hold accountability

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Mastering Group Facilitation

  • different tools for harvesting group wisdom

  • creating meeting agreements

  • establishing good meeting culture

  • what to do when the group is stuck

  • the difference between content and energy

  • working through unexamined group assumptions

Staff Meeting

Conflict Transformation

  • understanding the roots of conflict

  • ways to keep conflict from building up in the first place

  • harnessing the power in differences

  • tools and techniques for mediating

  • when to address conflict in a group versus in person

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Community Economics

  • tools for sharing expenses (kitties versus divvies)

  • how to set up a community barter network

  • valuing the many different kinds of currency

  • how to address economic disparity

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Contact

808-494-9436

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