Bad meetings aren't something to endure but something to change. This session will show the most common ways in which we get off track, and how to notice and get back on track again. Faster and more focused meetings rely on agenda planning, clearer framing of agenda items, accountability to our agreed-upon goals and topics, and straightforward decision-making processes. This session will highlight what we can do before, during and after a meeting to use our time together wisely. After all, we move into communities because we want to be and feel connected - let's have meetings that feel connecting!
Ted is an advocate, trainer and consultant for self-governance with sociocracy. After his PhD in linguistics, he encountered peer-oriented governance system and became curious about ways of organizing grassroots groups effectively yet equitably. He is co-founder of Sociocracy For All, a nonprofit with a mission to equip people with the skills and knowledge to self-govern and self-organize. Ted identifies as a transgender man; he has 5 children between 8 and 18. Born in Germany, he has lived in an intentional community in Massachusetts since 2011. He has written many articles and two books on the topic of self-governance, the sociocracy manual Many Voices One Song (2018) and a how-to-start guide for new groups, Who Decides Who Decides (2021).