If you're starting your journey to form a cooperative household or are an established one, this page is meant to provide you with resources to help you grow and improve your cooperative skills.
For those just starting out, we want to stress that taking the time to learn and practice cooperative skills will set you up for success, especially in the long run. We encourage focusing on this during the formation stage.
Group governance pertains to how the household manages itself and get's projects done. We present two popular governance styles although there are other ones out there too - "Sociocracy" and "Consensus Decision Making".
Sociocracy, also called dynamic governance, is a system of governance that seeks to create psychologically safe environments and productive organizations. It is distinguished by the use of consent, rather than majority voting, in discussion and decision-making by people who have a shared objective or work process.
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Consensus Decision Making
Consensus decision-making or consensus politics (often abbreviated to consensus) is a group decision-making process in which participants develop and decide on proposals with the aim, or requirement, of acceptance by all. The focus on establishing an agreement of the supermajority and avoiding unproductive opinion differentiates consensus from unanimity, which requires all participants to support a decision.
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CONFLICT NAVIGATION / RESOLUTION
Improve your ability to proactively deal with conflict and challenging behaviors. Navigating Conflict focuses on the mechanisms at play in difficult situations and provides opportunities to explore personal experiences, as well as learn and practice behaviors that support positive outcomes in difficult scenarios.