Become an Offers and Needs Market Facilitator

Since 2011, a handful of community development practitioners have been facilitating and refining the OANM  process. Now, they're bringing the process to conscious practitioners through the foundational Offers and Needs Market Facilitator Training and the subsequent Advanced Facilitator Training.

The Offers and Needs Market Facilitator Journey

This training journey aims to develop skills around asset-based community facilitation, inclusive design, and impact evaluation.

Through this community of practice, facilitators build their capacity for empathic leadership by considering the needs of diverse audiences. They use these approaches to infuse trust, generosity, and vulnerability into the culture of their organizations and communities.


This 18-hour virtual training will show you how to:


  • Facilitate inclusive meetings where you are relaxed and in-control.
  • Energize your life with new leadership skills that bring forth the best in others.
  • Feel valued as a community facilitator, with a marketable process that can generate income.

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Live Offers and Needs Market

We will begin with a live 2-hour Offers and Needs Market via Zoom exclusively for your group.

Module 1: Bring the OANM to Life
  • 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.
Module 2: Facilitating the OANM
  • 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.
Module 3: Planning your OANM
  • 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.
Module 4: Thriving as an OANM Facilitator
  • 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.


This Program Includes

1. Live Sessions and Recordings:
  • Four 2-hour training videos
  • Four 2-hour live coaching sessions with your cohort
2. An OANM Experience:
  • An exclusive 2-hour Offers and Needs Market experience as participant.
3. Materials and Resources:
  • Customizable toolkit that includes templates of the facilitation plan, survey, marketing materials, and more
  • Everything you need to successfully run your first Offers and Needs Market
4. Ongoing Facilitator Community Nourishment:
  • Exclusive access to our supportive learning community including Jam Sessions and our social media groups.


Your Facilitators

Crystal Arnold

Crystal Arnold

Lead Presenter

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.

Mike Strode

Mike Strode

Lead Presenter

Mike is a writer, urban cyclist, facilitator, and solidarity economy organizer with the Kola Nut Collaborative: Chicago’s only time-based service and skills exchange (otherwise known as a timebank) providing an open platform for mutual aid, community organizing, and network weaving.He is a past participant in Nexus Community Partners' Cooperative Developer Fellowship and LIFT Economy's Next Economy MBA. He is currently a member of the inaugural cohorts of Post Growth Institute's Post Growth Fellowship and AORTA's (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance) Headwaters Facilitation Apprenticeship.He is a Program Manager at Open Collective Foundation and serves on the boards of the US Solidarity Economy Network, New Economy Coalition, South Deering Manor Community Association, and Dill Pickle Food Co-op. 
Dani Leonardo

Dani Leonardo


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?

The coaching sessions will be presented live via Zoom. You will have unlimited access to all of 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 five years ago, and their team has since grown to include ten people in six 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 18 hours. This includes 8 hours of video training, 8 hours of live coaching sessions, a 2-hour OANM with your cohort, and a workbook.

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?

Send Crystal an email using the contact form below.

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