Working Effectively With Community Conflict

Interpersonal Conflict, “Structural” Conflict, and Especially Challenging Behaviors

5-Week Online Workshop
September 1-29
Thursdays, 7 – 9 pm Eastern Time

Most conflicts in intentional communities and other member-led groups look like simple interpersonal conflict. But intentional community researcher, author, and consultant Diana Leafe Christian identifies three different sources of conflict — not only simple interpersonal conflict, but also what she identifies as “structural conflict” in her book Creating a Life Together, as well as the conflict arising from what she calls “especially challenging behaviors.”

In this workshop you’ll learn practical, workable solutions successful communities have used to resolve or contain each type of conflict. This workshop is for people in communities (or members of food co-ops, activist groups, and so on) who may have felt confused, baffled, or even hopeless about ongoing conflict in their group and seek grounded, field-tested solutions. There are things you can do!

Note: The February 2024 session is full. Sign up for our newsletter to hear when another session is scheduled for fall 2024.

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Program

Session 1, February 1: Resolving Interpersonal Conflict and “Structural Conflict.” Overview of “Especially Challenging Behaviors.”

Session 2, February 8: Especially Challenging Behaviors — Six Ways We Can Protect Ourselves as Individuals

Session 3, February 15: Field-Tested Ways to Protect Ourselves from these Behaviors with Limits and Boundaries

Session 4, February 22: How Groups of Friends Can Protect Themselves from Especially Challenging Behaviors, Support Each Other, and Help the Community

Session 5, February 29: Meeting Disruptions, Member Demoralization, and People Leaving the Group — How Whole Communities Can Protect Themselves

Each session includes slide show presentations, discussion, and Q&A based on short videos and handouts to watch and read before the session.

Workshop Recordings

The sessions will be recorded. Please note that if you choose to ask a question or make a comment on camera during the call, you will be included in the recording. You are welcome to use a pseudonym and/or keep your video off if you have privacy concerns.

This recording is shared with all registered participants within 48 hours of the session and may also be used in future online learning programs.

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Schedule

September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. Time TBD. Five 2-hour sessions.

Register

Registration opens soon.

Sliding Scale Tuition

Because some people have more financial means than others, we have created a sliding scale fee system to accommodate a range of economic realities. The high-end of the scale reflects the value we believe the program holds, and the low-end offers a more accessible entry point.

By choosing a higher price point, you are helping make the program more accessible to others for whom the low-end may be cost-prohibitive. Please consider your needs and resources to determine what might be a stretch, but not a strain.

Scholarships

We offer partial scholarships (50% of the middle of the sliding scale) to black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) with financial needs who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend. We understand that BIPOC experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and this is one way we are able to create more access. If you identify as BIPOC with financial needs and would like to receive a scholarship, please contact us.

About the Instructor

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Diana Leafe Christian

Faculty

Diana is author of the books Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, about forming successful communities and ecovillages, and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community, and the Communities magazine article series "Working Effectively with Especially Challenging Behaviors."  She speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads webinars and workshops internationally on starting successful new intentional communities, how existing communities can resolve conflicts and become more healthy and thriving, and sociocracy, a self-governance and decision-making method she finds especially effective for communities.

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