Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Work Coordination Manual for Community Organisations and Ecovillages

As a community development worker and especially since we started the Bellbunya Community, I have been interested in the way workload and responsibility naturally seems to distribute itself in voluntary organisations. It appears to me that, in general, a small group of overworked people tend to carry the majority of the responsibility. At the other end of the spectrum, another small group of people rarely get beyond good intentions when it comes to sharing the workload and responsibility. In the middle, the majority of people are willing to contribute as long as there is someone to coordinate and tell them what to do. As one of the small, overworked group in the middle, I spent a lot of time wondering about how to balance things out, to make things more efficient and enjoyable and avoid resentment and burnout.

This downloadable document represents the best of my thinking so far and builds on a model provided by Paul Mischefski. It provides effective tools for simplifying coordination of tasks across numerous dimensions in an organisation and for helping people who would normally be followers to gradually take on more coordination.

The system that I explain here is no silver bullet but, if applied diligently, it makes a big contribution towards a more equal sharing of the load. I provide examples from my community which you are welcome to adapt to your own needs.

Download the Work Coordination Manual for Community Organisations