Re: mediators
From: Bryan Bowen (
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2021 17:26:54 -0800 (PST)
I've taken a few trainings from Laird over the years, at conferences and at
my own community or neighboring communities. I have found my own discomfort
comes from the difficulty or conflict we're working on rather than his
willingness to work with it head on. Like Mac said, I think the complaints
I hear line up with some of the things he does best and that communities
benefit from the most.

My community had one person who was concerned about using him for our last
year's retreat, but that person rolled with the decision and was happy with
the results.

I think his reputation as a "hard ass" was probably always over blown, and
as time has gone by is even less apt.

Just my thoughts -


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On Tue, Feb 9, 2021 at 3:30 PM Mac Thomson via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> We’ve had one community member who wasn’t real happy with Laird, but I
> think that was because Laird wouldn’t let him keep getting away with
> disruptive, unproductive behavior in our meeting. Overall, I think most
> everyone in our community has been very impressed with Laird’s work. He has
> a huge heart, a keen intellect, and a ton of experience.
> --
> Mac Thomson
> Heartwood Cohousing
> Southwest Colorado
> "And if I should die in a car wreck,
>  May I have Van Morrison in my tape deck."
>        - Frank Orrall
> **********************************************************
> > On Feb 9, 2021, at 2:38 PM, CJ Q <homeschoolvideo [at]> wrote:
> >
> > I don't want to throw a wrench in anything but I one time heard that
> Laird
> > was controversial.  I just wonder about what?  I"m sure it's just that
> > everyone has different tastes. I also assume that mediation for cohousing
> > is a new form and a bit different than intentional communities that have
> > been around longer.
> > You can message me off list if you know the answer to my question.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Carol
> > homeschoolvideo [at]
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