An important article from our sister organization, Circle Forward. "The need for equity and inclusion, across race, gender, age, geography, and more, becomes acute when these diverse stakeholders from those multiple sectors come together in collaborative networks to address complex issues and wicked problems from a whole systems perspective."
Contact us today to find out how your organization can use dynamic governance to bring equity to your work.

Spreading Sociocracy and Dynamic Governance 
John Buck heads to Bengaluru, India, November 22-24, 2018, for "Sociocracy: Working Together with Ease and Fun." The workshop will be experiential, where participants first learn the framework, systems and processes of Sociocracy, and then practice their implementation. Find out more.

Next he travels to Hyderabad, India, to facilitate "Workshop on Sociocracy," November 26-27.  The training is sponsored by Neighbourhood Community Network.

November 30-December 1, John will be in Ahmedabad, India, facilitating
"Working Smarter Together- Making it Possible with Dynamic Governance."
This workshop is being offered by Entrepreneurship Development Institute
of India, Ahmedabad in collaboration with Governance Alive, LLC, USA.
Find out more.





Online Course on Meeting Facilitation Now in Session

Advanced Facilitation Training with John Buck

advanced facilitation training oct 2018Participants are getting practice in teaching others how to facilitate in this series of six online classes. It draws on Sociocracy (Dynamic Community Governance) and also includes elements of Agile and Open Space as well as presentations by guest speakers on neuro linguistic programing (NLP), emotional intelligence, and new software designed with consent-based decision-making in mind. Offered in conjunction with Sociocracy For All, a sister organization.

Click here to see what's covered. 

Bringing CARES and GAIL services to Greenbriar: Overcoming Obstacles

With support from the Greenbelt City Council, over the past year CDCG conducted a project to bring CARES and GAIL services to Greenbriar. Here is an article about this year-long project that recently appeared in the Greenbelt News Review.

In the course of the project the Outreach Group at Greenbriar, a consortium of residents emerged has made a number of commendable improvements for the Greenbriar and whole Greenbelt community. Click here to read more about these ongoing exciting developments.

Old Greenbelt Theatre Volunteer Project

With funding support from the Greenbelt Community Foundation, over the past year CDCG conducted a project to develop the volunteer program at the Old Greenbelt Theatre (OGT).  Click here to see the full report

Recent CDCG Appearances

Greenbelt Fall Fest 

As a City of Greenbelt recognition group, we had the pleasure to visit with our neighbors and meet new friends.


Octopuses have a lot to teach us about Dynamic Community Governance! Click here for the TEDx talk at the University of Maryland by John Buck, Co-director of the Center for Dynamic Community Governance.

The United Nations

Dynamic Community Governance principles recognized at the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration. Remarks at the UN by John Buck, Co-director of the Center for Dynamic Community Governance - see hour:minute 2:13:30 - 2:16:30.

Full Day Online Conference About Dynamic Community Governance (aka sociocracy)

See the 25-minute presentation by John Buck about the importance of learning through experimentation. We're proud that Greenbelt is a hub of many kinds of experimentation.

Could Greenbelt do the BOSSA nova?

Jutta Eckstein and John Buck (co-director of the Center for Dynamic Community Governance) just published a new book: Company-Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy. (Sociocracy is another name for Dynamic Community Governance.) Print or digital available from Amazon. The acronym for the combination of Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, Sociocracy, and Agile is BOSSA. The combination yields a new way of running cities, companies, and organizations - hence the nova in BOSSA nova. The book references a dance metaphor throughout.

The book raises intriguing questions. What if Greenbelt's City Budget was set not on a yearly basis but according to the principles of Beyond Budgeting? What if a festival such as Greenman also included a city-wide Open Space event where all citizens could participate in setting the city's policy directions? What if the city's many citizens organizations operated using Agile principles?

Also to note: the updated edition of John Buck & Sharon Villines's book We the People Consenting to a Deeper Democracy was published a few months ago.


Community Outreach Event at Greenbriar

Community Outreach Event at Greenbriar

CDCG Works with Greenbriar to Promote Greenbelt One. Click here to see the article published in the Greenbelt News Review about an exciting CDCG-sponsored event in at Greenbriar featuring speakers from CARES/GAIL, GEMZ, Friends of Old Greenbelt Theatre, CHEARS, and the Greenbriar Residents Outreach Group.

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