Difference between revisions of "Topics for Mini-lessons on Consensus Process"

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(i was going to add "capturing conversation in the minutes," but it's already there!)
 
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Because the [[Council]] is the largest group at Free Geek to regularly use [[consensus]], we have instituted a brief mini-training in consensus near the beginning of each meeting. The intention is to help the entire group become more skilled in the process. These are some potential topics for future lessons.
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Some groups, including the board, occasionally make time for a mini-lesson in consensus topics at meetings. The intention is to help the entire group become more skilled in the process. These are some potential topics for future lessons.
  
* Beyond the stack: other ways facilitators guide conversation.
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* Beyond the stack: other ways facilitators guide conversation
* Understanding others' concerns. (Basically, listening techniques. The quick moral of this one is: the point is less to defend your point and "win" than to understand the other's position and concern and make sure it's addressed.)
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* Understanding others' concerns (Basically, listening techniques. The quick moral of this one is: the point is less to defend your point and "win" than to understand the other's position and concern and make sure it's addressed.)
* Preparing to present.
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* Preparing to present
 
* What's a clarifying question?
 
* What's a clarifying question?
* Pulling together an agenda.
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* Pulling together an agenda (whose responsibility, how to add things, how to structure one)
* Subcommittees. (when to create them, giving authority, reporting back, dissolving them - or not)
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* Subcommittees (when to create them, giving authority, reporting back, dissolving them - or not)
* What to do if you don't feel understood.
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* What to do if you don't feel understood
* Capturing conversation in the minutes.
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* Capturing conversation in the minutes
* Brainstorming. (when it's appropriate, basic groundrules)
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* Brainstorming (when it's appropriate, basic groundrules)
* Stand asides vs. blocks. (ah, the ol' standby, but always relevant)
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* Stand asides vs. blocks
* When to call the question.
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* When to call the question
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* Basic flow of consensus decision (see QIS cards)
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* How to extend a meeting (or not!)
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[[Category: Meetings]]
 
[[Category: Meetings]]

Latest revision as of 10:45, 12 January 2012

Some groups, including the board, occasionally make time for a mini-lesson in consensus topics at meetings. The intention is to help the entire group become more skilled in the process. These are some potential topics for future lessons.

  • Beyond the stack: other ways facilitators guide conversation
  • Understanding others' concerns (Basically, listening techniques. The quick moral of this one is: the point is less to defend your point and "win" than to understand the other's position and concern and make sure it's addressed.)
  • Preparing to present
  • What's a clarifying question?
  • Pulling together an agenda (whose responsibility, how to add things, how to structure one)
  • Subcommittees (when to create them, giving authority, reporting back, dissolving them - or not)
  • What to do if you don't feel understood
  • Capturing conversation in the minutes
  • Brainstorming (when it's appropriate, basic groundrules)
  • Stand asides vs. blocks
  • When to call the question
  • Basic flow of consensus decision (see QIS cards)
  • How to extend a meeting (or not!)