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A Checklist for the Consensus Process and Facilitation...

These are just some of the many ways to conduct a meeting using the consensus process. Roles should be carried out by everyone as needed not just the person specially designated. Basic Procedure Before the meeting (or at previous meeting): Choose facilitator(s) Gather agenda items Determine presenter/initiator for each item Determine item type: announcement, report, discussion, decision Bring materials/supplies needed At the meeting: Connect (game, song, ritual, etc.) Check-in/excitement-sharing Agenda review: agree on order and time Choose notetaker, timekeeper, vibeswatcher Step through the agenda (big or little first?) Take breaks Announcements Set next meeting Evaluation (good, bad, better) Closing (game, song, ritual, etc.) The Flow of a Cooperative Decision-Making Process  Background What are we talking about? Issue raised- what is...

posted on: Dec 2, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Consensus is Not Unanimity: Making Decisions Cooperatively...

What is consensus? Is it a co-operative, process in which people share their best ideas and come up with superior decisions or a coercive, manipulative, time-wasting process in which those which are most treacherous, are most verbal, or have the most time can get their way? Or is it an idealistic fantasy where every problem always has a good simple solution that incorporates everyone’s ideas (no matter how ridiculous) and satisfies everyone completely? Consensus is not Unanimity Many people think of consensus as simply an extended voting method in which every one must cast their votes the same way. Since unanimity of this kind only rarely occurs in groups with more than one member, groups that try to...

posted on: Dec 2, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Organizing Resources

General Organizing Checklist of Basic Principles of Democratic Organizing, from the Association for Union Democracy Direct Democracy & Consensus The Roles & Responsibilities of Community Organizers Activist Skills & Experience Questionnaire, This chart lists 175 skills and 98 experiences typical of seasoned activists. It can be used for self-assessment, goal setting, or progress evaluation, from the Vernal Project 20 Rules of Activism Elements of Organizational/Movement Culture How to Suppress Political Dissent in 10 Easy Steps Fire It Up! A Youth Action Manual Rising Tide North America Resource Packet, tons of games, information, resources, and ideas for trainers and organizers Rainforest Action Network activist resources Training Agendas Community Skills Workshop Notes – conflict resolution, nonviolent communication, stages of group...

posted on: May 14, 2009 | author: organizingforpower