Cooperative Decision Making & Co-Creation

Joe Cole Talk

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the dimensions of cooperative culture and leadership, practice collaborative skills and conflict navigation, examine a model for cooperative decision-making and governance, and strategize together around how to reinvigorate group meetings and culture. 

Joe Cole, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Department of Peace and Conflict Studies. Joe graduated with a doctorate in Philosophy from Duke University. His research and teaching interests include: ecovillages and intentional communities; restorative practices; the morality of war, pacifism and nonviolent social change; consensus governance; conflict transformation; racial equity and social justice; and peacebuilding and sustainable community development.

Joe is a facilitator who supports communities in developing cooperative skills, nonviolent communication, collaborative governance, and conflict transformation. He is a speaker, trainer, and consultant working with ecovillages, non-profit organizations, and intentional communities in North Carolina and around the country. He is a non-resident member of the Valley of Light community at Oracle Campus. 

Joe’s academic publications include:

  • “Studying War and Contributing to Community,” Experiential Learning in Philosophy, (Routledge Press, 2015); 
  • “I’m Not a Racist, But Racism is in Me: Racism and Intentional Communities,” Communities magazine #178; 
  • “Skill Building for a Culture of Collaboration,” Communities magazine #181;
  • “Ecovillages, Sustainability, and Social and Environmental Healing,” in Rinker & Lawler (Eds.), Realizing Nonviolent Resilience (Peter Lang, 2020); 
  • “Photography, Healing, and Justice in Appalachia,” in the Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis, (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2021); 
  • “What’s in a Name? Connecting Sustainable Community and Racial Justice,” in Ruiz (Ed.), Comunidades Intencionales: Utopias Concretas en la Historia, (Autonomous University of Madrid, 2023).
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