Imago Relationships Using Dynamic Community Governance

We are now working with Imago Relationships International as they transition to sociocracy. Founders Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt made the announcement at their annual conference in Baltimore October 5-7, 2018. Imago focuses on improving couples' relationships. They are reforming the organization in preparation to grow expand the work of the organization. John Buck worked with them through Dynamic Community Governance to create a council of peers under the collective impact concept. The Council, rather than the board, will now lead the organization with the board providing backbone support to the Council. “Everyone can feel more equivalent and encouraged to contribute their creative thinking,” said Buck “DCG and Imago principles are very compatible.”

Don't Miss this Online Course on Meeting Facilitation

Advanced Facilitation Training with John Buck

advanced facilitation training oct 2018

Do you have some experience with sociocracy, but want to deepen your skills and practice facilitation? Join us for this series of six online classes beginning  Thursday, October 18. Participants will get practice in teaching others how to facilitate. 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.

Space is limited to 14 participants. Find out more and register today. 

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


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.

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.
Current Projects
We are currently working with these 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