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“I love facilitating the Offers and Needs Markets. They are a connecting force reminding us that what we need already exists and what we have to offer is welcome.”
Imagine you had a clear way to guide communities through challenging times. A simple way to help people connect, build partnerships and meet each others’ needs. An inclusive way to build trust, community and confidence. An effective way to reduce environmental waste.
There is a way.
The Offers and Needs Market (OANM) process is one of the world's most effective methods for enabling people to share their gifts and have their needs met.
Whether virtual or in-person, this 2-hour brings out the best in people. In small, rotating groups, participants share their offers and needs with the ability to determine availability, urgency, and location, and whether an exchange would involve payment, barter, negotiation, or be gifted. From offers of language classes, to finding an accountability buddy, anything's possible at an OANM.
Since 2011, a handful of community development practitioners have been facilitating and refining the Market process. Now, for the first time ever, they're bringing the process to a group of practitioners.
You can request that we bring this training to your organization or community by filling out this form.
“There is enormous value in people coming together for the Offers and Needs Market and exploring new ways of thinking, acting, and being.” – Riane Eisler, author, Real Wealth of Nations
“I love the Offers and Needs Market because it taps into the oldest structures by which people exchanged goods, services, care, and food. Now more than ever, we need collective strategies to engage in a collaborative economy.”
“I was floored by the efficacy and utility of the Offers and Needs Market. Our organization is investing in staff training to incorporate the Offers and Needs Market as a regular agenda item in the participatory grant-making meetings we facilitate.”
Learn How to Facilitate the Market
Training Benefits and Outcomes
- Discover a simple, clear way to guide communities through tough times.
- Learn how to facilitate inclusive meetings where you are relaxed and in-control.
- Feel valued as a community facilitator, with a marketable process that can generate income.
- Energize your life with new leadership skills that bring forth the best in others.
Offers and Needs Market Training
- Four 2-hour webinars and recordings
- A 30-minute recorded casual conversation and Q&A with guest faculty
- An exclusive 2-hour Offers and Needs Market experience
- Live coaching and discussion sessions tailored to your group
- Sections from the forthcoming book Offers and Needs: How to Revitalize Communities From the Ground Up
- Downloadable templates of the facilitation plan, survey, marketing materials, and more
- Everything you need to successfully run your first Offers and Needs Market
What's in the Training?
- The Offers and Needs Markets
- Module 1: Bringing the OANM to Life
- Module 2: Facilitating the OANM
- Module 3: Planning your OANM
- Module 4: Thriving as an OANM Facilitator
We will begin with a live 2-hour Offers and Needs Market via Zoom exclusively for your group.
- Hear from community organizer, Mike Strode.
- Discover a liberating lens through which to view our individual gifts.
- Explore what's beyond Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
- Deepen your understanding of human motivation and its role in effective facilitation.
- 10 steps to running an Offers and Needs Market
- Engaging your audiences’ hearts and minds in the first 5 minutes
- Harnessing the power of silence and the Market’s 11 other design features
- Gain confidence in convening inclusive, focused events (with guests Bronagh Gallagher and layla-roxanne hill)
- Add a ready-to-use process and templates to your facilitator toolkit
- Instructions for organizing an in-person or virtual Offers and Needs Market
- Adapting the Market for different settings and audiences (with guest Vanessa Michael)
- Pitching the Market to prospective participants
- Discover the rush of creative potential that lies beyond our fear of breaking the rules
- Feel ready to organize your first Offers and Needs Market
- How the ‘lean observer’ approach accelerates facilitator learning
- Designing surveys to measure impact
- Funders, clients, and professional Offers and Needs Market facilitation (with guest Tannur Ali)
- Gain clarity on how to meet the real needs of any audience
- Understand pathways to becoming a paid Offers and Needs Market facilitator
“I want to be trained to facilitate the Offers and Needs Market – to create community connections, enrich people's true social networks, and humanize those from different walks of life.”
Creator of the Offers and Needs Market process, Donnie's facilitation has included work in Egypt, Fiji, Kenya, South Korea, Australia, Europe, and the United States. An Affiliate Professor of Economics at Southern Oregon University and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Donnie holds a Ph.D. in social science and has helped more than 500 not-for-profit projects start, scale and sustain their work across more than 30 countries. He is co-founder of the Post Growth Institute.
Crystal is a facilitator, podcaster, and author. Since graduating from Southern Oregon University in 2007 with a degree in international economics, she has designed and facilitated workshops, community events, and discussion panels about money, and continues to do so in her role as Educational Director with the Post Growth Institute.
With groups large and small, Crystal has been facilitating the Offers and Needs Market since 2017. She particularly loves sparking conversations about the taboo topic of money. In 2016, she began the “Money-Wise Women” podcast, and has interviewed over 100 women on the show.
Tannur is a mother, farmer, facilitator and poet. She is the founder of iLOGIC: Institute for the Love Of Genius In Community – a global community which promotes teaching and learning, based on interest.
Her goal is to facilitate community action and activism through education and empowerment. Along with homeschooling her three children for seven years, she has facilitated Offers and Needs Markets, arts events, conferences, social artistry trainings, spoken word workshops and more throughout the US and Europe.
Mike is a writer, tech enthusiast, urban cyclist and kitchen alchemist. He is founder and Exchange Coordinator of the Kola Nut Collaborative, a Chicago based timebanking initiative. The Collaborative blooms out of seven years providing technical, operational and strategic support for Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living and its distribution subsidiary, Healthy Food Hub.
His work is at the intersection of timebanking, social economy and community resiliency. He has used the Offers and Needs Market since 2019 to assist in skill-based asset mapping. His grounding philosophy is mycelium, collaborative agility, empathic individualization, and all things human glue.
layla (she/they) is a writer/curator-artist/
Recent projects include Repository of the Undercommons: (en)countering crisis + re:making futures, a decolonial + anti-capitalist curatorial/artistic collective + programme, (Re)imagining Self and Raising Consciousness of Existence through Alternative Space and (Re)imagined Place, a mixed media group exhibition presented as part of Glasgow International 2018.
layla-roxanne has a forthcoming co-authored book, Black Lives in Scotland (working title) which will be published by Zed/Bloomsbury in 2022.
Bronagh is a member of Enough!, a Scottish degrowth collective and a collaborator with The Outside, working on systems change with equity at the centre. Building on over 15 years experience in the non-profit sector, her work blends enabling people to take action together with the integration of complex living systems perspectives. She believes that both of these are needed if we are to radically transform our political, institutional and economic systems for a fairer, climate-stable future.
Vanessa is passionate about systemic sustainable living and -business, and believes that a prosperous future within planetary boundaries lies beyond overconsumption and the growth dogma.
Originally an experienced packaging engineer with a background in nutritional science, she discovered her purpose for helping people to help the planet and has shifted her path to being a Global Learning professional. Vanessa is also a director of the NOW (No Other Way) CIC. A practitioner of systemic sustainable living, as “The Vintage Environmentalist” she publishes articles, delivers talks, and provides coaching & consultancy support to help people live a more ecological and conscious life. Vanessa is originally from Germany and based in the UK. She loves to leave-no-trace wild camp and wild swim with her husband and daughter.
Dani is a facilitator, youth mentor, writer & musician, passionate about community building and the role of art & music in healing & justice work. Dani got connected with the PGI through the Offers and Needs Market and now works as part of the OANM team. Most recently, Dani has been working with an organization called Mi Valle Mi Hogar doing mutual aid work following the Almeda Fire. Dani was born and raised in Ashland Oregon & loves to snowboard in winter, plant seeds in spring, explore rivers in summer, jump in leaf piles in fall & admire the color purple all year round.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I can't attend all sessions, and how long do I have access to the course?
All sessions will be presented live via Zoom. You will have unlimited access to the recordings.
Who is the Post Growth Institute?
The Post Growth Institute (PGI) is an international, not-for-profit organization accelerating the shift to a world where people, companies, and nature thrive together within ecological limits. Visit us here.
Over more than a decade the PGI has developed and refined the Offers and Needs Market. Donnie Macluran was joined by Crystal Arnold four years ago, and their team has since grown to include eight people in four countries.
In 2020, the PGI began a training and certification program for facilitators.
What platform and Internet connection do I need?
We will be broadcasting through Zoom. You can access the live sessions through your phone, computer, or tablet. If you want to participate, we recommended you be in a quiet place with a stable internet connection.
How much time do I need to complete the course?
You will have lifetime access to the course. We estimate the total time to complete will be 15 hours.
What's the minimum age to take this training?
You must be 18 or older to register for this course. Though we acknowledge that young people are great facilitators, we are not able to offer training for minors at this time.
I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Drop us a line using the contact form below.