John is the first person, not native to the Netherlands, to be certified in the circle-organization method called Dynamic Community Governance. As head of GovernanceAlive, LLC. John introduces Dynamic Community Governance to a wide range of businesses and organizations, assisting them in designing work and making group decisions effectively by “rewiring” their basic power structure. Since meeting Aileen Kroll in 2013, John has become an honorary Greenbelter. He spends a lot of time in Greenbelt, inspired by the number of community groups committed to social change. As such, Greenbelt is a prime location to implement and integrate dynamic community governance. John has an MA from George Washington University in quantitative sociology and is coauthor of We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy.
Aileen has worked as an arbitrator, mediator, social worker, lawyer, legislative advocate, and recurring guest lecturer on patients’ rights for George Mason University School of Law. Aileen is inspired by Greenbelt’s cooperative history and on-going passion for social justice and community engagement. She has been training on dynamic community governance since 2014 and is thrilled to share this empowering process. Since late 2015, Aileen has been serving as facilitator for the Greenbelt Timebank using Dynamic Community Governance processes.
Gwen is a Greenbelt business owner/operator since 1995. She has served as chairperson of the Roosevelt Center Merchant Association and a board member of the Greenbelt Community Development Corporation. With the GCDC she helped created Friends of the Old Greenbelt Theatre (FOGT), a 501(C)3 that transformed an aging theater into a locally focused and community operated resource. Upon assuming the Chairperson role of FOGT, Gwen sought out ways to shore up her operational skills and took a Center for Dynamic Community Governance (CDCG) class. Eager to share these learnings, Gwen organized a series of CDCG sessions for theatre board members, staff volunteers. Gwen also serves on the Church Council for the Greenbelt Community Church, which has provided in-kind support for CDCG. A recognized and respected member of the Greenbelt community, Gwen seeks to further the reach of Dynamic Community Governance teachings in Greenbelt and beyond.
Olivia is a student at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering, majoring in either Data Science or Computer Science. Olivia hopes to pursue a minor through the Ross School of Business, and she is interested in the intersection of technology and business. Olivia wants to learn more on how to work with others, especially in group environments, and she is excited to see what the Center for Dynamic Community Governance will teach her, as well as what she can contribute to it. Follow Olivia's internship experience here!
Forrist is a writer, speaker, trainer and consultant in the area of marketing system development. He enjoys developing small businesses from startup to profitable. He brings valuable business expertise to the board through his ability to see both the “big picture” and the details. Working through complex situations, he produces clear strategic pathways, and guides the implementation of strategies that enable organizations to prosper. His research into organizational effectiveness brought him to Dynamic Community Governance, and he is excited by its potential and ongoing successes throughout the world.