Three Aspects of a Healthy, Thriving Community (Diana Leafe Christian)

Presented by Diana Leafe Christian

Session Description

Through lively verbal and visual presentations and small group interactions, workshop participants will better understand the three aspects of a healthy, thriving cohousing community — creating “community glue,” good process and communication skills, and effective project management, and the mutually reinforcing, mutually beneficial relationships between them. We’ll look at a fourth, foundational aspect of a thriving community that underlines and benefits the other three (having it tends to help people feel great; it’s lack tends to erode well-being.) By making sure these three (actually, four) aspects of healthy community stay in balance, we generate much more harmony, trust, and connection. We’ll look briefly at “structural conflict,” the “Visionary/Idealism – Practical Experience Scale Over Time,” the benefits of learning Nonviolent Communication and the Restorative Circles process, and what can sometimes go wrong in cohousing communities with consensus. We’ll end with a brief overview of two different methods I highly recommend: N St. Consensus and Sociocracy. And . . . we’ll have lots of fun. ;)

About the Presenter

Author of Creating a Life Together and former editor of Communities magazine, Diana speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops internationally on the tools and processes to create successful new cohousing communities, helping communities thrive, and Sociocracy for effective governance and decision-making. She’s led workshops at many Coho/US conferences (and in 2013 was the keynote speaker for the annual conference of the UK Cohousing Network. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.