Accountability and Harm in Communities

May 8th, 5pm - 6:30pm MT


Instructor: Crystal Byrd Farmer

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In the complex context of intentional communities, harm can happen even with our best intentions. To foster more inclusive communities, we must focus on cultivating a culture of accountability by addressing harm openly. In this workshop, we will explore the multifaceted nature of harm, including the nuances of intent versus impact, evaluating the severity of harm, and recognizing how past experiences shape one’s present experience of harm. We will also cover Crystal’s unique accountability process grounded in restorative/transformative justice principles which prioritizes repair over punitive practices. You’ll leave this workshop with an appreciation for how accountability serves as a cornerstone for growth, understanding, and sustained support in community.

Instructor: Crystal Byrd Farmer

Crystal Byrd Farmer is an organizer and consultant in the intentional communities movement. She serves as a board member for the Foundation for Intentional Community, the BIPOC Intentional Community Council, and The Sum. She also runs an Agile Learning Center for disabled children called Gastonia Freedom School. In 2020 she published The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization. Crystal is passionate about encouraging people to change their perspectives on diversity, relationships, and the world.


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