"What's New" at
At long last! Tree's
List of Participatory Event Venues in Eugene, Oregon.
Need a room for a meeting or event? Here's your source!
"Teal" Page: Links to the work of Frederic Laloux, currently a major inspiration.
Tree is Excited About:
New page on this site shares current reading that is
affecting my thinking.
Newly updated handout on
Conflict Resolution lays out key principles,
the "menu of
options" approach and 5 steps to engagement drawn from Tree's favorite
book on resolving conflicts.
Tree jumps in
on consensus debates
at Occupy Wall St. Here are two comments
posted in reply to others' posts:
reply to David Graeber's post Feb. 26, 2013, "Some Remarks on Consensus"
i argue against the newfangled Occupy assertion that "because i'd have
to leave the group if it passed" is an appropriate reason to block a
proposal. The original article is long, but worth reading for
its emphasis on the fundamental reasons for using consensus as well
as the outline of the historical and cultural use.
Graeber mentions in passing the supposed influence of Haudenosaunee
exposure on early Quaker consensus; i've heard this stated before and
have never researched it, but what i do mention in my reply is that
indigenous European examples were much closer at hand for early
response to the troubling rant "Occupiers! Stop Using
posted anonymously Feb. 13, 2013 (according to
Graeber it's written by Justine Tunney), i take issue with the common
misperception that consensus = unanimous vote. Not to mention
the idea that anyone in favor of consensus cares more about process
than product, sheesh. My own experience, over and over
again, has been that good process leads to good product.
Janelle Orsi is pioneering
a whole new
area of legal practice, called "sharing law."
Law in the Sharing Economy, she lays out a
comprehensive (yet highly readable!) vision for this new sector. More
than just guidelines for lawyers, she is really inviting people to step
into the sense of how agreements, organizations, and institutions in
this new sector are different from established ways of doing things,
and how what was previously "alternative" is becoming the new normal as
our culture shifts. B corps, business co-ops, time banks, new
currencies, community-supported enterprise, collaborative consumption,
creative commons licensing, sharing space, and more are addressed
through lenses such as capital, risk, and tax issues. And by the way,
pages 238-252 contain a section by me called "Consensus
Decision-Making: What, Why, How?" that provides a sample
consensus policy for use with your group.
Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life To Meetings and Other
Gatherings. After years of
work by Tree and a host of others, this evocative new tool that
distills the core wisdom of skillful facilitation into a 91-card deck
is yours for sale or free download.
Use it for
reflecting, teaching, oracular guidance, and more—an amazing new
between Consensus Decision-Making and Robert's Rules of Order (majority
voting) now posted.
Tree Bressen, facilitator and teacher,
has been assisting intentional communities, nonprofits, and other
organizations with group process since 1994. Pages from her website are
available for copying and distribution free of charge as long as you
continue to include these credit lines and contact information.