Online Course on Meeting Facilitation

Announcing meeting Facilitation Training by John Buck. Online. Max 14 participants. Thursday evenings starting October 18. Six 2-hour weekly sessions. Full Dynamic Community Governance spectrum of methods, including interactive practice of facilitation process and unique special topics: emotional intelligence and NeuroLinguistic Programing (NLP), calibration for estimating length of agenda items, resolving paradoxes, egalitarian leadership. Offered in conjunction with Sociocracy For All, a sister organization. Click here for more information and to register.

Report on 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.

Report on 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:

TEDx 

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.

Day Long, On-line 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. http://amzn.to/2FOBi2u. 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. http://amzn.to/2FF0zJj.

 

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.

The Center for Dynamic Community Governance [a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization] promotes vigorous citizen engagement in local communities using dynamic community governance. Our vision is of a society in which all members are equivalent and have a meaningful say over the conditions that govern their lives. Our mission is to create programs and resources that enable individuals and organizations to address seemingly intractable problems.
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Current Projects
We are currently working with the following Greenbelt area groups: Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbriar Condominiums and Glen Oaks Apartments, Greenbelt Peace Action Network, Greenbelt Neighborhood Organizing Project, Greenbelt Time Bank,  and Beloved Community Interfaith Network.
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Aileen & John
Co-Executive Directors