Consultants

We look for a community mindset and relevant experience in our listed consultants.

Consultant Search

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Consultant Types

Sliding Fee

Group types:

Preferred regions of North America:

Consultants for IC Initial Development

Consensus facilitator

These professionals specialize in guiding groups in coming to difficult decisions using consensus-based decision-making.

Amanda Griesbach

Canada

Consensus facilitator

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group work facilitation, Group mentor, Leadership & decision making, Team building activities, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Business management, Consensus facilitator, Finance advisor, Mediation & conflict resolution

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitator, Group work facilitation, Mediation & conflict resolution, Leadership & decision making, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Youth education

Lawyer

Even with the best of intentions on both sides, written agreements are crucial. Our listed lawyers can help you with document preparation. By making clear everyone’s commitments, even when you fully trust the other(s), you give yourselves a mandate to discuss potential challenges thoroughly, which can prevent misunderstandings or disputes. For any financial interactions, agreements should be in writing, signed and dated. If all maintain their good will and compliance with the agreement, it is still possible that a members’ death would call into question how much was contributed by each member. You should have signed records to prevent loss of your contributions. Don’t make it something you’ll get around to later. Each state has different laws around housing, so we recommend you check local jurisdictional requirements and limitations. It is important to consult with a lawyer for specifics on your situation. Get legal advice relevant to your state or province. With our listed consultants, you can limit your search by area. Often, a mediator can assist you in writing your agreements at a lower cost, then you should get a final review by a lawyer and officially file the document with the appropriate governing body.

Aimee Champion

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mediation & conflict resolution, Lawyer

Austin Hepworth

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Mediation & conflict resolution, Lawyer

Realtor

Our listed realtors specialize in multiple-party purchases or are actively upgrading their understanding of location-specific legal options for joint ownership.

Brian Horwitz

Canada

Realtor

Finance advisor

Our finance advisors specialize in community-related contexts.

Carolyn Dowell

Canada

Permaculture & gardening, Group work facilitation, Finance advisor

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group work facilitation, Group mentor, Leadership & decision making, Team building activities, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Business management, Consensus facilitator, Finance advisor, Mediation & conflict resolution

Grant writer

Our listed grant writers may be able to direct you to relevant funding sources even if you are not a certified non-profit organization. Professional grant writers may also be willing to train one of your members to do the bulk of the grant searches and research. Non profits such as Open Collective may be able to act as an umbrella organization to support your funding of a project that meets their guidelines.

Group mentor

Our group mentors may develop a familiarity with your group over time, if you find a good fit. Groups inexperienced with being in community with each other can benefit from these counselors, coaches, or simply wise elders.

Ardell Broadbent

Canada

Group mentor, Mediation & conflict resolution, Self-employment

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group work facilitation, Group mentor, Leadership & decision making, Team building activities, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Business management, Consensus facilitator, Finance advisor, Mediation & conflict resolution

Bill Martin

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group mentor

Consultants for IC Interpersonal Interaction

Group work facilitation

These professionals have a variety of specialized skills listed in their profile descriptions.

Brett Macdonald

Canada

Group work facilitation, Team building activities

Carolyn Dowell

Canada

Permaculture & gardening, Group work facilitation, Finance advisor

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group work facilitation, Group mentor, Leadership & decision making, Team building activities, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Business management, Consensus facilitator, Finance advisor, Mediation & conflict resolution

Marta Gradilone Rodriguez

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Group work facilitation, Mediation & conflict resolution, Team building activities, Youth education

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitator, Group work facilitation, Mediation & conflict resolution, Leadership & decision making, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Youth education

Mediation & conflict resolution

Ideally, in an intentional community, there is a hope for an equitable outcome rather than any one party trying to have the greatest gain for themselves. We invite our legal consultants to list based on their experience with intentional communities or their training as mediators, so they can act as intermediaries rather than having double costs of a representative for each side. For relatively minor concerns, you might hire a group facilitator trained in conflict resolution who can do an adequate job at less expense to your group. Be sure to recap and write up the agreement promptly, preferably before the end of the meetings, to ensure that everyone’s understanding and memory of the agreement is the same. Get the agreement signed by all when finalized. Give each member a copy of the agreement, so there is no question later of whether unauthorized changes were made.

Aimee Champion

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mediation & conflict resolution, Lawyer

Austin Hepworth

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Mediation & conflict resolution, Lawyer

Ardell Broadbent

Canada

Group mentor, Mediation & conflict resolution, Self-employment

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group work facilitation, Group mentor, Leadership & decision making, Team building activities, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Business management, Consensus facilitator, Finance advisor, Mediation & conflict resolution

Marta Gradilone Rodriguez

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Group work facilitation, Mediation & conflict resolution, Team building activities, Youth education

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitator, Group work facilitation, Mediation & conflict resolution, Leadership & decision making, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Youth education

Leadership & decision making

These professionals have skills in sociocracy, holocracy, or general community leadership experience.

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group work facilitation, Group mentor, Leadership & decision making, Team building activities, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Business management, Consensus facilitator, Finance advisor, Mediation & conflict resolution

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitator, Group work facilitation, Mediation & conflict resolution, Leadership & decision making, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Youth education

Team building activities

You might find these consultants helpful to add in the mix for retreats or visit sessions for getting to know prospective members.

Spiel Meister

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Youth education, Team building activities

Brett Macdonald

Canada

Group work facilitation, Team building activities

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group work facilitation, Group mentor, Leadership & decision making, Team building activities, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Business management, Consensus facilitator, Finance advisor, Mediation & conflict resolution

Marta Gradilone Rodriguez

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Group work facilitation, Mediation & conflict resolution, Team building activities, Youth education

Property management advisor

Our property managers have successfully worked with groups for several years. They can share contract templates relevant to their area and guide you in establishing time-tested procedures related to facilities management.

Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+)

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group work facilitation, Group mentor, Leadership & decision making, Team building activities, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Business management, Consensus facilitator, Finance advisor, Mediation & conflict resolution

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitator, Group work facilitation, Mediation & conflict resolution, Leadership & decision making, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Youth education

Consultants for IC Programs & Occupations

Youth education

These professionals have a variety of specialized skills listed in their profile descriptions, including charter school setup and alternative education styles such as Montessori and Waldorf.

Mario & Maya Castaneda

Pacific Coast U.S.

Youth education

Spiel Meister

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Youth education, Team building activities

Marta Gradilone Rodriguez

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Group work facilitation, Mediation & conflict resolution, Team building activities, Youth education

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitator, Group work facilitation, Mediation & conflict resolution, Leadership & decision making, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Youth education

Self-employment

Ardell Broadbent

Canada

Group mentor, Mediation & conflict resolution, Self-employment

Business management

These professionals have experience with the business and non-profit aspect of ICs. This is more than just book keeping. Look for consultants who run a similar type of operation to your IC or planned IC.

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group work facilitation, Group mentor, Leadership & decision making, Team building activities, Diversity (BIPOC &/or LGBTQ+), Business management, Consensus facilitator, Finance advisor, Mediation & conflict resolution

Consultants for Land Management

Zoning & compliance issues

It’s best to find these professionals local to you, but even when distant, they can guide you in working with local municipalities to change or adapt regulations.

Permaculture & gardening

It’s best to find these professionals local to you, familiar with the climate and regional plants.

Carolyn Dowell

Canada

Permaculture & gardening, Group work facilitation, Finance advisor

Green building

It’s best to find these professionals local to you, familiar with the best materials for your climate.

Sanitation & water systems

It’s best to find these professionals local to you, familiar with specific offices and regulations.

Animal husbandry specialist

If you can’t find these professionals local to you, or willing to travel, make friends with local farmers!

External Consultants in Canada

There are unique cultural aspects and legal frameworks available in Canada that are beneficial for ICs. Co-operatively owned condominiums/strata are becoming increasingly popular.

External Consultants in U.S.

The following organizations have excellent resources for training and list consultants. Contact those closest to you, to get advice relevant to the restrictions and opportunities available in your specific area.