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Announcement :: Organizing
Formal Consensus Training June 24-27
25 May 2006
Formal Consensus training with C.T. Butler

Saturday, June 24th to Tuesday, June 27th 2006
Blairstown, NJ
Formal Consensus training with C.T. Butler

Saturday, June 24th to Tuesday, June 27th 2006
Blairstown, NJ

The Formal Consensus model is a simple, yet very powerful way to organize and conduct your meeting. It's possible that we can build a global community, knowledgeable in the art of decision making by training people in Formal Consensus. The experience of a true democracy could transform our world.

Agenda planning, Role playing, Facilitation, Group dynamics, Blocks and stand asides, The steps of the process, Better questions and honest answers, Stronger commitment

You can make a difference. Learn to use and teach Formal Consensus.

The two-day training is $125 per person. The four-day training is $225 per person.

C.T.'s book "On Conflict and Consensus" can be found for free at or a bound copy can be purchased for $15 at the event.

RSVP via email and send payment, by June 3rd please, to Ridge and Valley Charter School 1234 State Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825.

Home hospitality accommodations can be arranged thru NJ Ecovillage Organizers. Please note if you will need a place to stay.

The weekend begins with a breakfast at 8am on Saturday and the workshop at 9am. The workshop ends at 5pm on Tuesday, and will be followed by a social event of all attendees.

The event is hosted by the Northwest New Jersey Ecovillage Organizers and the Ridge and Valley Charter School. The workshop will take place at the school.

About the instructor:

C.T. Lawrence Butler is the co-author of "On Conflict and Consensus" and "Food Not Bombs - How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community". He is a father, a political activist, a nonviolent conflict resolution mediator and trainer, and vegetarian chef. In 1980, he co-founded the Food Not Bombs collective in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is also a former Cambridge Peace Commissioner. C.T. Butler has just returned from teaching Formal Consensus to the Native Tribes of Alaska, and will be presenting at the AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization) Conference in Troy, NY immediately following this workshop. In the fall, he will be traveling to Nigeria for a week-long Formal Consensus training there.

About the hosts:

The Northwest New Jersey Ecovillage is a forming family-oriented intentional community focused on cooperative and sustainable living in Sussex County. The community will serve as a demonstration site for permaculture, natural building, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy, and cooperative living. The community will be a place for a number of democratic workplaces. We have an education focus and will have a learning center and a cooperative college on the land.

The Ridge and Valley Charter School is a free public elementary school in Northern Warren County for children in the K-8 age group. The school is based on themes of Earth literacy, sustainability, experiential outdoor education and child-centered learning.

Please reply to:
Abe Karl-Gruswitz at boyfromthefuture (at) or 973-786-5396
Kathyann Natkie at knat (at) or 908-812-1251.
boyfromthefuture (at)
knat (at)

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Re: Formal Consensus Training June 24-27
25 May 2006
anyone dumb enough to take this course will only learn how to destroy their own organiztions by using Butler's "process"