|RE: Working with Process Consultants||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Eileen McCourt (emccourtmindspring.com)|
|Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 13:23:01 -0700 (MST)|
Finding consultants and developing process skills: We asked The Cohousing Network for recommendations. We worked with a team from The Foundation for Community Encouragement before they dissolved, on a recommendation from Chris ScottHanson, who was our project manager. FIC came and we had a weekend workshop on decision making models leading to consensus. That was the first professionally facilitated retreat in October of 2000. We asked Abraham and Associates and Zev Paiss to help us, since Neshama was already working for us as our marketing consultant, again on Chris' recommendation. Zev came and worked with us on building community. We worked with Paul DeLapa on creating our vision statement and values clarification. Paul was recommended to us by Zev. Laird Schaub, from the Fellowship for Intentional Community, whom I and other OCC members met at the last TCN conference, came and worked with us on consensus at a weekend workshop. We asked Shari Leach at Wonderland Hill Development to help us. A group of member facilitators was formed, and they self-trained using the book and lesson plans in the books The Zen of Groups and The Art of Facilitation, by Dale Hunter, Anne Bailey, and Bill Taylor. We engaged Rob Sandelin, whom we found on cohousing-l, recommended by his thoughtful posts, to come and do a weekend workshop on facilitation (when he was still consulting). We thought facilitation skills would be good for all community members, even those who did not want to be facilitators, so they could be more supportive of the facilitator. We paid conference fees for the last TCN conference for every OCC member, to encourage participation, and we all made contacts with other communities and leaders from that experience. We budgeted for a process consultant to participate on the process committee to keep things focused and responsive to the needs of the group. I think that budget was initially for about 5-10 hours a month, but is less now that the committee is more robust. [All of our committee work is done on a bridge teleconference line, since we are very spread out; most people still live 200-250 miles from the area where we are building our community.] We have had 2 or 3 member led "retreat" weekends. We have another retreat coming up in February, where we will be away at some kind of rustic camping cabin type of place, working on our Living Here Guide. I think this retreat is being facilitated by member facilitators. We have had an off-site retreat weekend about once a year. There have been 4 since August 2000. We have had another 6 where we spent the weekend at a workshop, but in separate accommodations. We used to descend on a small motel in town, but since 7 of our members have moved to Paso Robles, in anticipation of the completion of Oak Creek Commons, we have many places for everyone to stay. --eileen Eileen McCourt Oak Creek Commons Cohousing Paso Robles, CA www.oakcreekcommons.org -----Original Message----- From: cohousing-l-admin [at] cohousing.org [mailto:cohousing-l-admin [at] cohousing.org] On Behalf Of Becky Schaller Sent: Wednesday, January 01, 2003 10:20 PM To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Subject: [C-L]_Working with Process Consultants Eileen, how did you find consultants to work with you on your process? One thing I'd like to see our group do is to find at least one local consultant to work with. But I also understand that finding people who understand community dynamics isn't easy. So I'm curious. How did you find people and do you have any advise for how to look for someone? Becky Schaller Sonora Cohousing Tucson, Arizona _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
- Working with Process Consultants Becky Schaller, January 1 2003
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