"What's New" at Treegroup.info

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.

Articles 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:

  1. In 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 Friends.
  2. In response to the troubling rant "Occupiers! Stop Using Consensus!" 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." In her  book, Practing 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.

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 planning, reflecting, teaching, oracular guidance, and more—an amazing new resource.

Comparison Chart 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.

Tree Bressen
Eugene, Oregon