Sassy Facilitation offers facilitation, education, and group process design to support cooperative communication in organizations with a commitment to democracy.
Daily operations. Meetings. Program development. Strategic Planning. Staff Evaluations. Conflict resolution. Making decisions about, well, anything. What is fundamental to all of these organizational activities?
Communication is the invisible thread that runs through (and ties together) every aspect of our organizations. A group’s ability to serve its members, achieve its goals, and sustain itself is directly related to the health of its communication systems, culture, and daily practices. Yet we often neglect these systems, effectively saying ‘we can all just get along!’... until we find ourselves with a problem – and realize we have no way to talk about finding a solution!
This is the need Sassy Facilitation was created to serve.
Kate Sassoon acquired the nickname ‘Sassy’ during her time organizing civil disobedience dialog in the run-up to the Iraq War, and it has stuck to her – and all her endeavors – like a billboard and a bill of rights (she can't imagine why).
As a member, worker, and participant in various democratically owned and run organizations for over 20 years, Sassy has a wealth of experience in the co-op sector (housing, childcare, worker), as well as democratic management, education and training, community organizing, strategic planning, decision-making process design, conflict resolution and mediation. She has served on cooperative Boards of Directors large and small, teaches at numerous conferences across the US, and holds two degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sassy is passionate about supporting communication in co-ops, social justice groups, and other organizations committed to building a more democratic world. Whether it’s overhauling the world’s most boring meeting process, teaching a diverse group how to be better Allies in the workplace, or designing and facilitating a weekend-long conflict resolution retreat – when working with these groups, she always emerges feeling privileged to participate in this great experiment of Democracy.
Sassy lives and works in Berkeley, California. She travels around the Bay Area and beyond to support cooperative communication. When not facilitating, you can often find her sewing fabulous costumes, reading science fiction, working on the perfect puff pastry, or singing with her raucous community choir, Jerk Church.