Re: Annual community process/facilitation budget?
From: Jerry Koch-Gonzalez (
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 04:11:59 -0700 (PDT)
We have our own in-house people who teach and share communication skills
like compassionate communication (NVC) and Byron Katie's The Work. And we
also have in-house members who teach facilitation and governance
(sociocracy).  Some of that teaching/sharing happens in our monthly whole
community meetings and some of it happens outside of meetings. We also have
a modest line item in our annual budget that can be used to bring trainers
in or send our folks out. To me continually moving towards a higher level
of communication and governance skills is key to living in an enjoyable

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez  413-549-1747
Founding Resident, Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community
, The Sociocracy Consulting Group <>,
For All <>, and New England NVC

*Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance in Cohousing See 3-minute video here

On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 5:45 PM, Maggi <librarymaggi [at]> wrote:

> This is a question for established communities... in what ways does your
> community invest in improving the communication skills of your members,
> financially or otherwise? Do you provide in-house training to use consensus
> or other models of decision-making? What about other tools like
> compassionate communication? Do you send your members to conferences or
> workshops?
> Thanks in advance for your feedback!
> -Maggi Rohde
> Touchstone Cohousing, Ann Arbor
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