Welcome to Round Sky Solutions’ Online Course, Collab 101!

Support

We know this material might be brand new to you, and you’ll likely have a lot of questions when you start implementing these practices. There are multiple ways to receive support in Collab™ 101. We encourage you to participate in the forums. This community holds a lot of brilliance! Ask and answer questions here. The Live Calls are another great place to ask questions about the content of the course and the Collab™ practices.

If neither of those make sense for your question or you have other feedback, please contact us at support@roundskysolutions.com.
We strive to reply to your questions within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

Non-Sharing Policy

All of the information on this page and the course session pages linked to it are solely for use by participants enrolled in this course. None of the information, materials or recordings may be shared without the written permission of the Round Sky Team.
We are a small, but mighty cooperative! Please respect our non-sharing policy and if you’re energized by this work, encourage your communities to participate in our course. If finances are an issue for people in your network, contact us for support and creative ways to make it happen.

Privacy & Confidentiality

All of the information you provide us as part of registering for this course will only be used for teaching and administration of the course and will not be shared with third parties.

When you participate in the Live Calls, participants’ video images will be captured in the recording. If you do not want your image to appear in the recordings, please keep your camera turned off. You also have the option to connect by phone.

All comments in the live calls and forum will be not used outside of the course without your permission. Please contact us if you have further questions about privacy and confidentiality.

Meet the Round Sky Team!

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Course Expectations

These agreements below are intended to provide minimally sufficient guidelines for engagement in the course, from the calls, to the forum, etc. Please read them over carefully and note any questions or concerns that arise for you.
Maximize the Benefit of Collab 101

All course participants understand that to strengthen their shared leadership through the course, they must complete all the lessons. You have 8 lessons packed with a training video, invaluable resources and tools, and learning activities. The Learning Activities in each lesson are listed in suggested order. Please enjoy and take advantage of all the resources we’ve crafted and compiled for you.

Engage in the Forums

All course participants, instructors, and assistants agree to participate in and contribute to the forums for each lesson. We’ve built this space for you to share your experiences with a community of collaborative leaders, and to move your practices of Collab forward as a community. We have some prompting questions to get you thinking, but feel free to make this space what you need it to be. Share your experiences and resources with other participants. Ask and answer questions. This works best when everyone supports each other.

Respect Yourself and Others

All course participants, instructors, and assistants agree to share and respond on the forums respectfully with a focus on sharing our experience and learning rather than telling others what they should or could be doing, unless specifically invited to do so.

We all have different communication styles and perspectives on life. This diversity makes for learning opportunities and enriches our lives in many ways. However, these differences can also make us uncomfortable. If you find yourself feeling reactive to another participant please make a note of your reactivity and do your best to respond (if response is needed) in a manner that generates relationship. In some cases, the easiest way to do this is to ask further questions.

If you have any questions or concerns about your own or another’s disrespectful participation, please contact us immediately at support@roundskysolutions.com.

Attend the Live Calls

All course participants, instructors, and assistants attend and participate in as many Live Calls as possible for the duration of the time you are engaging with the course. This is your opportunity to ask questions in person and go into greater depth about the course materials with the instructors. Live Calls are not mandatory, but they are HIGHLY encouraged. Even if you don’t have any questions or feel prepared, you will learn a lot simply from other people’s questions. Find the schedule on the sidebar of the course platform. Please join us if you are available. Become familiar with all the details below.

Maintain Confidentiality

All course participants, instructors, and assistants agree to maintain complete confidentiality around identity of all participants and to refrain from discussing details of the course in a manner which would compromise that confidentiality for any participant during or after the course. If we wish to quote from forum contributions outside this forum, we will obtain the written permission of the author of the post prior to doing so. In addition, Round Sky Solutions shall not distribute contact information for participants in the course. If you wish to share your contact information with another, that is at your choice and discretion.

Challenge by Choice

All course participants, instructors, and assistants agree to engage with others only to the extent that is healthy for them. In other words, if something is going to cause you harm, please don’t do it. No one else knows us like we do. Challenges will be provided, as will support, and you should expect some discomfort as part of the natural cycles of change as you implement these practices. Please use your own best judgement as to what to engage with and to what degree, you do not have to disclose anything you do not wish to.

Connect and Share with Other Participants

All course participants, instructors, and assistants are free to share, as they see fit, about the mission-driven ventures they are a part of in the forum segments dedicated to this purpose. This includes any news, upcoming events, articles, fundraising requests and beyond. Please share with the knowledge that each of us will respond, or not, as we wish and that there is no implicit pressure to support each other financially or in other intangible ways, beyond participation in this course.

Forums

Respond to the following prompt:

Introduce yourself! Share your name, location and one reason for participating in Collab 101.

69 Comments

  1. ruthgerhard

    Hi!! My name is Ruth Gerhard. I live in Seattle. I’m participating in this course as I’ve been using Holacracy for the past couple years and find these kind of structures amazing and have heard from a friend that they appreciated some things that this structure has that Holacracy was missing. I’m excited to learn more and see what might be a fit for the various organizations I’m a part of.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Ruth,
      Welcome to the course! I’m excited to hear what you think of it and how it applies to the work you’re doing! Please come to a live call and you’ll see both how Holacracy has informed our work and how we’re operating a bit differently as well.
      Kindly

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  2. Ekaterina Andreeva

    Hi all! I’m Katya from Moscow, Russia, and I’m here to learn more about collaborative leadership. I first came across the topic a little less than two years ago when I was translating the Collab Instructional Manual into Russian, and have been interested in how leadership, communication and accountabilities function in organisations and affect our daily lives ever since. I’m in a really exciting place in my life right now, with lots of things going on and even more in store, and I’m eager to learn more about myself, the world around me, and how I can balance my professional and personal relationships, values and goals in a coherent and effective way.

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  3. Jan

    Hello! I’m here to sponge up all I can before starting with the next Collaborative Leadership cohort the end of this week. I see that there’s a lot of great content here; can anyone advise me on working through the 101 materials simultaneously
    with the CLCP course? Good idea or not?

    Background on me: I come from a life in the arts–all my degrees and work are in Theatre and Music (you and me, Michelle!) My shift from performing and producing to university teaching 18 years ago led me to discover instructional design, which is where I now live and work in a constant sweet spot of creativity. I use every bit of my performing, directing, project management and collaboration training and experience in this new field. Plus growing and learning every day of my “new” career for the last 12 years!

    From my one experience in a corporate learning department, (4 excrutiating years experiencing how many ways an organization can be dysfunctional!) I grew in more ways than I had imagined were possible, nearly all of them self-directed. Not a bit of waste in that negative experience though I didn’t see that until afterward. I transformed from a presenter into a learner-focused facilitator, from “only” an instructional designer to a systems-thinker/designer, from a video producer to a visual communicator in all media, from a certified Crucial Conversations facilitator to a seeker for the rest of the story around how conversations are the place where everything gets done (who knew there were SEVEN kinds of conversations?!?) Corporate life was quite a ride trying to work and learn on two very different levels.

    Big turning point during this period: Frederick Laloux’s Reinventing Organizations: let’s just say that was a rocket booster!

    Exit stage left, enter into a wonderful kaleidoscope of freelancing, learning and growing. A year in Champlain College’s Positive Organization Development program. Almost 3 years now working with Enlivening Edge. Discovering Spiral Dynamics, Robert Kegan, Holacracy, U-Lab, Appreciative Inquiry, Context Institute and their Bright Future Network… you get the idea. AND moving from the midwest to Boston!

    So here I am, ready to dance with what the universe is drawing me to next, clearly a transformative journey with like-minded and like-hearted folks I can’t wait to get to know!!

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Jan,
      Welcome to Collab 101. To first answer your question, we will be reviewing some of this material in Collab 101 along side your work and extra readings/assignments in the CLCP course. So, if you have the time, dive in. If not, you’ll be directed as needed in the CLCP course.

      Second, it’s so great to get to know you and hear about the many ways you’ve really embraced learning as much as possible about collaborative leadership and management. I really relate to learning a lot out of the dysfunctional environments/teams that I have been a part of. It’s so great to have you in Collab 101 and CLCP 1!

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  4. Michelle

    Hi, I’m Michelle Lefkowitz. I’ve been an effective leader in many non—profit organizations for over 30 years. I was part of the staff collective at Onion River Co-op in the late 70’s and made it my mission to bring the Co-op from a pre-order system to a store front. I was City Clerk in Burlington Vermont as an appointee of Bernie Sanders and Peter Clavelle. I feel most proud that through the empowerment of the office staff we changed the power dynamics which helped us streamline the work, and created a fun and functional team. When I left the person who had been the Secretary took over my position.

    I’m the mother of two grown children and the grandmother of three. I’ve been married for 38 years. And I’ve been practicing Yoga daily for over 40 years.

    I raised a child with special needs which sent me on a healing quest and lots of therapy. I have an undergraduate degree in Theatre which I did in my 40’s. I’m part of the Contact Improv Dance Community. I hold the space for the weekly jam on Monday Nights at Aikido of Champlain Valley. I’m also one of the founding members of Dance Tribe.

    For the past 10 years I’ve been practicing Aikido, a Japanese Martial Art that teaches the embodiment of conflict resolution. The intention is that when attacked you protect yourself and the attacker. Because it’s a Japanese Martial Art it has a particular kind of structure and hierarchy. I’ve been grateful to the teachers over the years. It’s taken me a long time to learn the art and I’m just beginning to feel like maybe I know a little bit. (I earned my second degree black belt in May).

    Aikido of Champlain Valley is a 501(c) 3 that provides scholarships for low income youth and we’re currently working with the King Street Youth Center to teach Aikido to some of their students. The Dojo is an all volunteer organization. We all participate in classes as well as the daily chores. I’m now in a organizational leadership position and I’m on the Board of Directors. I’ve been teaching classes, for both kids and adults. And we’re currently undergoing a transition which has been causing some interpersonal and organizational dynamics.

    I recently attended the organizing committee of our Annual Contact Jam where Amanda Franz was using the Collab system to run the meeting. I was really inspired by the process. When I woke the next morning I immediately starting writing down all the various roles at the Dojo, which I had intuitively started before learning about Collab. Then I went on line and read your material. I can see how this process can be supportive as we navigate some major changes. So, I signed up.

    Thanks already.

    Michelle

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Michelle,
      Welcome to the course. It is so wonderful to meet you virtually. I’m inspired by the dedication you have given to your projects. Transitions are often difficult and we are glad to have you here! I’m looking forward to hearing how the practices and tools of Collab support you and your team through this transition.
      See you on the live calls!
      Rebecca

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  5. Francis Kwame

    Hello All, I feel excited to be here on this journey. I’m Francis Kwame Ghunney from Ghana, in Africa. I lived and work on a mine site in Obuasi, about 275Km from Accra the capital of Ghana. I’ve been working in the underground mine environment for close to 30 yrs. I joined this cohort in the hope of learning and building my capacity to be able to inspire people to do what inspire them, so that we can collectively impact the well-being of people and communities positively. I love sharing knowledge and believe the Collaborative Leadership course will help me do more. Thanks you all for having me.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Francis Kwame,
      Thank you so much for joining us! It’s been a pleasure hearing about your visions and work so far. I’m looking forward to hearing how you’re holding the material and how it impacts your leadership in your community!
      Best,
      Rebecca

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  6. Kristen

    Hi Everyone,
    I’m Kristen and I am located in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. I joined Collab looking for tools to help with my work leading remote volunteer teams. The two biggest challenges I encounter as a team facilitator are accountability and communication. As you can imagine, these are two essential and critical elements of effective and productive remote work. I’m hoping to find some solutions that will not only improve team performance, but the teaming experience overall.
    Something that Jamie said in his introduction really struck me: that even self-actualized people/teams won’t be able translate their work on a larger scale without healthy and effective systems and structures to support them. I’ve intuited this myself, which I think in part led me here. I am hoping to discover some tools to co-create the structures and systems for my teams that will make collaboration a positive experience, rather than a difficult and dysfunctional one.
    Looking forward to learning with you all.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Kristen,
      Welcome to Collab 101. You are absolutely right that accountability and communication are key to making teams, especially remote, work well. It’s also key to an inspiring work environment! What Jamie has rang true for me as well. I’m so glad you’re in the course and I’m hoping that you find the structures and systems that work for your team!
      See you on the live call!

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  7. Steven

    Hello, All!

    Steven’s the name and punctuality’s not my game! 😉

    I guess most of you introduced yourselves back before our first live call in early December, but that was a crazy busy time, so I’m hoping to be caught up in time for the next live call.

    First, I want to thank Cecile and the crew for offering this resource so “affordably!” Don’t know what is about to unfold, but I hope that at least it will be fun.

    I live in a small Vermont town, next one east on Route 2 from where Cecile lives. As small as this community is, I’m surprised I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Cecile, but I’m sure a chance encounter will happen soon enough.

    I do not recall how I ran across Round Sky, but once I viewed the video containing the slide that says “Good People + Good Intentions ≠ Good Organisation,” I was hooked. “Okay tell me more,” was my immediate response! I think a better way to phrase it is “Good People + Good Intentions do not necessarily = Good Organisation,” but in any event, I serve on the governing board of a local business that is undergoing what might be generously characterised as some management/staff relationship issues. Since I do not know a single employee in the place that isn’t a wonderful person, when I saw Cecile’s video, I said “Yup, this is just what I want to learn more about.”

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Steven,
      So glad that you’ve been able to join the course. I have definitely been in an organization with great people and a great organization and just bad management. I’m glad it spoke to you too! I’m looking forward to hearing how your thinking and approaching the management issues evolves. Hope to see you on the live calls!

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    • Kristen

      Hi Steven,
      Nice to *meet* you. I haven’t yet seen the slide you describe but boy, does it resonate! Thanks for sharing.

      Reply
  8. Patricia

    Hi I’m Patricia Roeding the founder and creator of Living Culture Design. I offer a framework for understanding culture as a living system and a design process to people, teams organizations who want to bring their culture to life by intentionally co-creating and co-cultivating the thriving culture they want. I’m interested in how I can grow personally through my experience in Collab 101 as well as how it will help me deepen my work with culture. Several years ago I met Cecile an am looking forward to this experience! Oh yes…I live in Cincinnati.

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    • Cecile Green

      Hello Patricia! So glad you joined this course! I’m excited to hear how your work has evolved and look forward to seeing you on the live calls! Welcome:)

      Cecile

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  9. Terry

    Hello, my name is Terry Collins and hold the space for http://www.Integralfutures.com. I am a Futurist and an online teacher. I teach “Human Ecosystems and Technological Change” for the University of Houston. I live in Las Vegas and am very much looking forward to what I will learn from this course and interacting with all of you!

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    • Charlotte Root

      Hi Terry and welcome to the course! We sure look forward to hearing more from you – sounds like you have a very interesting, very timely subject of work! Our live calls are a great way to connect with us and other students, and let us know if the schedule isn’t accessible to you, we do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs. If you just can’t make it to the calls, reach out to us in the forums with comments about your progress or questions about the course, or email us directly with any feedback on the course.

      Hope we can chat soon!

      Charlotte

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  10. Corrigan

    Hello! I live in Chicago and I work for NASCO (www.nasco.coop), an association of student and community co-ops around the US & Canada (primarily housing co-ops). I work as part of a 5-person collective team and I also provide trainings to co-ops on leadership and accountability, so I’m interested in this course both for my own workspace and to share with others. Looking forward to meeting some of you on the Live Call tomorrow.

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    • Cecile Green

      Hello Corrigan! Welcome! So good to have you here, and looking forward to learning more about what you do and excited to share Collab’s tools with you! Till soon, Cecile

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  11. Sarah

    Hi! I’m Sarah. I live at the Bright Street Co-op in Burlington, VT. I also work as a team leader at the Onion River Co-op/City Market here in Vermont. I look forward to learning new leadership skills.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Sarah, Great to have you in the course! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your experiences at Bright Street Co-Op and the Onion River Co-Op and especially how the course applies to these spaces! Welcome!

      Reply
  12. Hilary Viens

    Hi I’m Hilary. I live in Burlington, VT in the new Bright Street Coop. I am the President of the Board of Directors for the Coop.

    I am also a social worker and supervise a team of mental health workers in Chittenden County who provide a variety of services to clients that have histories of homelessness and/or major mental health issues.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Hilary. Glad to have you here and I look forward to the wisdom you may share with the various hats you’re holding! Thanks for joining us.

      Reply
  13. Janet

    I’m Janet Harvey-Coutrayer. I live in Burlington, Vermont and work as a Shared Equity Specialist. One of the pieces of my job is to assist our small condo associations. We have a couple who are struggling with power imbalances right now and I’m looking forward to learning how to help them work together in a collaborative manner.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Janet! So glad to have you here! I’m looking forward to hearing how these tools are supporting your work with the people you’re working with and any feedback on that!

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  14. Skyler

    Hi everyone,
    My name is Skyler. I am a soon-to-graduate master’s student in Burlington, Vermont, USA, interested in Social-Ecological Economics, and communication through film and other mediums. I want to learn about bringing people together to design in a variety of settings related to my interests. I am excited by reading others’ responses here. Good luck out there. Sky

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hey Skyler! Welcome. I’m excited to hear what sticks with you as you explore these tools for bringing people together in your various settings. Keep sharing your experiences!

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  15. Sally

    HI. Sally Colella here. I have had been an independent organization development and coach since 2006. I live near Washington, DC. I meditate, practice yoga and also love soul dance!

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Sally! Welcome to Collab 101. Thanks for joining us! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your work and experiences as a coach.

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  16. Cara

    Hi everyone! My name is Cara and I live and work in Lexington, KY. For the past four years I have been the state coordinator (and for the most part the sole staff person) for a grassroots, member-driven organization, the KY Student Environmental Coalition. Over that time we have grown immensely and are working to increase our staff capacity while not re-creating the hierarchical structure that we want to dismantle. I am excited to continue to fill my facilitation and coaching toolkits and to learn best practices for horizontal leadership.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Cara,
      Welcome to Collab 101 and thanks for joining us! It sounds like you’re in the right place and the students you work with/alongside will gain so much from strong collaborative/horizontal leadership structures that you’re working on.
      I look forward to hearing how this fits in to your work and the perspective you bring!

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  17. Zachary

    Hi All, my name is Zachary I am building a creative technology therapeutic practice for developing emotional spontenuity after a crisis.

    I am very interested in the cooperative model for shared ownership and leadership and have a startup project here in London. I have experience of various ways leadership dynamics form a project and am hoping to influence things towards a better method either via my project or other ways.

    I spend quite a bit of my time in communities around mental I’ll health in London and have spotted a few paradigm shifts since I left rural living behind. I am looking for ways to improve rural workplaces when there is visible problems that need action.

    Gratefully,

    Zack

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Zack,
      Welcome to Collab 101. Your work is so so needed in this world. I look forward to the unique insights you bring to this course and how the practices taught in the course support your work in your startup project!
      With appreciation,
      Rebecca

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      • Zachary

        Thanks, despite being more cut off than I predicted in Greenwich park today, I learned something and apologies for not being fully integrated with the live call today, looking forward to being better prepared next week!

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  18. Maria

    Hi, I’m Maria. I work for a start-up worker-owner business creator in Cincinnati. I went to the round sky break-out presentation at a co-op conference in NYC and loved what I learned about Round Sky’s approach to collaborative leadership. I also am very interested in and connected to interpersonal relationships in the office and am struggling to navigate the power dynamics in my small start-up workplace. I am excited to learn this model on my own first and then hopefully bring it to my co-op. I’m excited to dive into the material with you all!

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Maria,
      I’m so glad that you’ve joined us! I heard great things about the presentation at the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy though I wasn’t able to attend personally. And, I resonate deeply with the struggle to navigate power dynamics at work. I look forward to hearing about how the materials sits with you!
      Welcome to Collab 101!
      Best,
      Rebecca

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  19. Anna

    Hi there. I live and work in Michigan, with colleagues spanning the US and Canada. As a remote team, we are constantly looking for tools to better engage with one another and create more efficient, effective, personal processes and spaces. We work in a Teal system, with influences from Holocracy, Sociocracy, and many other systems. I’m looking forward to diving into the course material to see what is here for our organization!

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Anna,
      Welcome to Collab 101. I look forward to hearing your experiences working with your teal system in your organization! It’s great to have you here.

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  20. Sarah

    Hi y’all! I’m getting a slow start to this course but late is better than never, right? My name is Sarah and I’m a high school teacher located in Los Angeles, CA. I’m interested in Collab 101 for a variety of reasons and through a variety of roles. For one thing, my work as a union site representative and upcoming participation in a few different school leadership teams require collaboration with adult colleagues, which I often find much more difficult than working with my charming teenage students! I think these spaces have a lot of room to grow in terms of shared leadership and fruitful collaboration. I’m also really interested in moving my classroom towards being a more student-centered and student-directed space. I figure having sharper collaboration tools in my own work will help me support my students in engaging in more meaningful collaboration. I’m excited to work through the course materials! Thanks!

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Sarah,
      It’s great to have you jump in! We’re excited to have you in the course and the unique perspective you bring as a high school teacher! I look forward to hearing more about the collaboration happening with your teachers and in your classroom and how these tools may fit in to all of that.

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  21. Judith

    Hello everyone. Jeuji here. I’m a member of a couple grassroots horizontally governed nonprofits in the Northeast and am currently working with others to start two new ventures, one an energy democracy organization, which is both developing renewable energy projects and mobilizing residents in low income and immigrant communities to participate in discussions about a just energy system; the other is a worker-owned co-op café and performance space which is in start-up phase. I’m participating in Collab 101 in the hope of garnering useful tools to share with my colleagues.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      HI Jeuji,
      So great to have you in the course! It looks like you have a LOT going on. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the awesome work that you’re doing.
      Welcome!

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  22. Cabot

    Hi everyone, my name is Cabot Lyford (nephew of the New England artist by the same name) and I live in Vancouver BC Canada. I think this may be the well-rounded and holistic facilitator training I am craving – a mix of subtle competencies, deep presence, organizational development and group process skill-building. I work for a municipality where I see a very complex picture of relationships and intentions that is often incomprehensible to me. I’ve studied Sociocracy, Integral models (currently the Stages model), worked and lived in co-operatives, practice Transparent communication and other we-space practices, bike to work, take cold showers and garden in small spaces. I look forward to exploring your “operating system”.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Cabot,
      Welcome to the course. It’s so great to have you in the course. I look forward to hearing more of the knowledge and experiences that you’re bringing with you!

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      • Cabot

        Me too!

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  23. Jeanette

    Hi Everyone, I’m late to the game here, but excited to dive in. I live in Michigan at a small environmental education organization. We went through a leadership change about three years ago (our founder stepped down), I started just after that, and we’ve been working to make our internal systems more robust since then, to various degrees. I’m here because I’m interested in understanding how groups of people can work together really well (efficiently, effectively, enjoyably, creatively), and how I can help our team get there.

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    • Jeanette

      Clarification: I don’t live at my job! I live in Michigan and work at a small ee org. 🙂

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  24. Noemi

    Hello, Noemi here. I’m the executive director of a cooperative development organization in the Northeast. We’re implementing Collab in my organization and thinking about ways it could be useful for our clients. I’ve also been using it in some of my volunteer work on boards of other organizations. I have one technical question: I don’t see where to upload a picture for my profile, any help?

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Noemi, thanks for participating with us in Collab 101 and for the work that you do!
      To upload a picture, you must create an account at gravatar here: https://en.gravatar.com/ and upload a picture to that profile. My photo took a day to show up, so allow some time. I hope that’s helpful!

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  25. Charlotte Root

    Hello everyone! I’m Charlotte Root, a human, singer, hiker, yogi, certified holistic health coach, certified collaborative leader, and one of the co-creators of this course! We just had our first live call yesterday and what a great conversation about what it means to be part of a democratic organization! I’m thrilled to see all you lovely people here, engaging in this work with us; and I can’t wait to see the shared learning evolve out of this platform!

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    • Andrew

      Hi folks. I’m Andy. I am starting a new venture with three partners to develop a place-based, immersive high school program for the Burlington (Vermont) School District. The project is all about collaboration and innovation – among our project team; with the school district; with a range of community partners; and ultimately, with students. We aim to launch a pilot program in the fall of 2018 and I want to build a culture from the beginning that’s healthy, effective, playful, and soulful. I am excited to learn and engage with all of you.

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      • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

        Hi Andy,
        Welcome to the course. That seems like an incredible opportunity for your team, school district, your students and you! I hope to hear more throughout the course about how your planning goes. Please bring the successes and struggles of your planning/forming to our live calls! Thanks for joining us.

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  26. baylen

    hello everyone, i’m baylen. i’m a licensed acupuncturist, board certified and licensed clinical herbalist, and tai chi / qi gong mind body therapist. i live in calais and maintain a medical practice called black turtle TCM in montpelier vt. i have been captivated for some time by the sympathetic nature of life. as one human is created by the harmonious interaction of various organs and organ systems, so too do we need to function as individuals together in society. inspired by the clinical language of TCM several years ago i begain developing some curriculum to explore the application of medical treatment strategies on individuals as they can be mapped to ecological and social concerns. i look forward to learning more about what you all are doing, providing support to collab and deepening my set of tools for work with organizations in the “body politic”.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi baylen,
      Thanks for joining us for collab 101. I look forward to the body and health perspective you’ll bring to this community. Can’t wait to hear more!

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    • Michelle

      Hi Baylen,
      This is Michelle from Contact Dance. Glad to see you on this site. I just signed up yesterday.

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  27. Julia

    Hi all, I finally got here! I’m Julia Curry. I live in Burlington, VT and I am immersed in and passionate about cooperatives. I get paid to provide support, training and tech assistance to affordable housing cooperatives founded by Champlain Housing Trust; this fall we opened a 40-household co-op in the Old North End. I also chair the board of City Market/Onion River Co-op. I personally love teamwork and group dynamics, and I feel that cooperatives have world-transforming potential.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Julia, It’s so great to have you join the course! I look forward to hearing about your experiences with the housing cooperative and the Onion River Coop.

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  28. Molly Bernardi

    Hi Everyone, I’m Molly. I’m very happy and excited for this amazing learning opportunity with all of you.
    I live in Vermont and have a private psychotherapy practice in Montpelier. I’ve been interested in organizational development for a while and am curious how the worlds of emotion, psyche, spirit and body can inform and support positive change in organizations.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Molly,
      Thanks for joining us for Collab 101! We look forward to the unique perspective and curiosity you bring to the course.

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  29. Linda

    Checking in briefly! I’ve got a major project finishing tomorrow night. Will be fully present starting January 20. Looking forward to knowing you all.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks for that. We’re so glad you’re joining us. Looking forward to the brilliance you’ll bring to the course!

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  30. Josephine

    Hi y’all!
    I’m Josie, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY and working for a small urban farming non-profit. I believe that collaborative business management is a major step toward creating work environments that support all people, and eventually eradicating poverty, if not capitalism itself. Big dreams and small steps are necessary. I’m so excited for this opportunity to deepen my knowledge and skills.

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    • Rebecca Fisher McGinty

      Hi Josie,
      Welcome to 101 and thanks for sharing. I share the same beliefs that collaborative management can create some solutions for these huge problems by being a structure that could easily lend itself to involve those who are most impacted by the problems. I look forward to hearing your thoughts throughout the course!

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  31. Cecile Green

    Hello All! I’m Cecile Green, one of the founders of Round Sky, and a course instructor and I’m delighted to be here with you all:) I live in Worcester Vermont in the middle of the Green Mountains on a beautiful homestead. I’m excited to hear your questions and comments about the course and I look forward to interacting with you on the course calls! Till soon!

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  32. Joe

    Hello Daniel and Rebecca:

    Excited to start learning. It’s great that you have a virtual team, residing in different areas. I’m living just outside the snakepit known as the Beltway of Washington, DC. Doing a lot of work with the outdoor industry and companies like Patagonia, Orvis, Fishpond, Black Diamond, etc… Trying to bring all of these organizations together with various NGOs and others to increase support for conservation – has to be done in collaborative manner. So, as I said, I’m looking forward to learning and applying what I’ve learned to this real world challenge.

    Joe

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    • cecilemgreen

      Welcome Joe! Really appreciate the work you are doing to bring a variety of organizations together to enable better conservation to happen, so needed! These cross organizational spaces are really ripe for better collaboration processes. I look forward to supporting you! Cecile

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  33. Daniel Little

    Hi I’m Daniel, one of the founders of Round Sky Solutions and a Integral Master Coach. I live in Worcester, Vermont, USA. This morning I woke up to the bright sunlight shining on the snow covered Green Mountains outside my window. I’m really looking forward to diving into learning with you all. We’ve been working hard getting this course ready for many months and it’s exciting to open up and share our work with the world! Welcome.

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  34. Rebecca Fisher McGinty

    Hi All, Welcome to Collab 101!
    I’m Rebecca, the Communications Wizard at Round Sky Solutions. I live in New Orleans and I’m excited to participate alongside you all to learn from the rest of my team and from your experiences!
    Collaborative Leadership has been an ongoing theme and structure in my work and life. Collab has been a wonderful dive into understanding it even more deeply.
    Cheers!

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