Tag: Facilitation


Hosting a Great Zoom Meeting

Video conferencing seems here to stay and it’s a great tool for cohousing communities, especially for forming communities that do not yet live together.  Even established communities are finding they can get increased participation when attending from home is an option. This is particularly true for parents of young children and adults with physical conditions... Read More

Liz Ryan Cole

Mary Kraus

How to Create an Agenda – Part 2

Careful agenda-setting is an essential element in preparing for a good meeting, and often an area where a little effort can make big improvements in meetings and community relationships. Agenda creation includes two distinct parts: 1.       Choosing the topics to be discussed. 2.       Determining how those topics will be... Read More

How to Create an Agenda – Part 1

Careful agenda-setting is an essential element in preparing for a good meeting, and often an area where a little effort can make big improvements in meetings and community relationships. Agenda creation includes two distinct parts: 1.       Choosing the topics to be discussed. 2.       Determining how those topics will be... Read More

Curiosity-Based Questions

All of us have experienced meetings that bog down, get derailed, or run aground. Sometimes it’s pretty dramatic, and sometimes it’s just a more extreme version of business as usual; but regardless, it is demoralizing and generally makes it hard to accomplish the work you intended to do. This can happen for many reasons, and... Read More

Alan O’Hashi

Ann Lehman

WebChat #16 Karen Gimnig Facilitation

Strong facilitation makes for effective and efficient meetings. One ticky part is the balance between the need for strong leadership and the need to be an equal member of the community. This is where contracting comes into play. A facilitator needs a clear agreement with the community about their roles in the meeting and what... Read More

WebChat #13 with Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig’s second WebChat was another great success. This time she tackled the topic of Cooperative Culture, giving us 6 of her 10 strategies for being effective in cooperative governance. Yana begins with an introduction to the extremes of the cooperative spectrum and the dangers of overcompensating. Then she guides us toward balance in the... Read More