Facilitation & General Group
Institute. Tom Atlee's fabulous website on how our
society can work more wisely for the good of all also includes
summaries of over a dozen group process methods at www.co-intelligence.org.
for Voting and Democracy. If you are going to vote
on something instead of using consensus, first check out this site with
information on proportional representation, instant run-off, preference
voting, and other systems, at www.fairvote.org.
at Work has an excellent resource list with links to
bunches of professional networks, collections, other websites,
Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD). Do
you want to build a world based on dialogue? So do the people at NCDD,
and they are providing networking and resources to make it possible.
Intentional Communities Association (NICA). Maintains resource pages on meetings and group process at their
Pattern Language of Group
Process. Still under development, and you
can help write it! Going beyond methods to seek the core
commons of successful, fulfilling meetings and other group
events. A collaboration of dozens of facilitators and others
from the Cascadia bioregion and around the world. www.grouppatternlanguage.org
Schutt, long-time activist, has a dozen short
papers (1-12 pages each) on cooperative decision-making, many
downloadable as PDF documents over the web and the rest available for
the cost of copying and postage. See the list at www.vernalproject.org/RPapers.shtml.
Contact Randy at PO Box 608867, Cleveland, OH 44108; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starhawks's "Five-Fold Path of Productive Meetings" is a free 59-page bonus chapter that was edited out of her book The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups. Overall an excellent overview.
for Change. Wonderful collection of tools and
exercises, includes topics such as diversity, strategy, nonviolence,
and more. trainingforchange.org
See BOOK LIST
Inquiry: "A process, philosophy, and
life practice grounded in research demonstrating that focusing on
what's working and aspirations for the future achieves more and does
it faster and more sustainably than solving problems."
Hosting: Although Art of Hosting is
more a syncretic collection of methods than a method in itself
(relying heavily on several other methods listed here), it also
brings its own sensibility to how those methods are used, including
an emphasis on the human relationships involved and a strong bias
toward co-facilitation and team hosting.
Facilitation: Jim Rough and Associates. Excellent 4-day trainings in a high-energy approach to releasing group
creativity for problem-solving. 1040 Taylor St., Port Townsend, WA
98368; 360-385-7118; jim@ToBe.net;
Search: A sequence for taking
representatives of a community through a collective design process
in one weekend, capable of moving past old polarizations to focus on
what this collection of people can accomplish together now.
Recording: Capturing a group's expression in pictures drawn in
the moment, instead of or in addition to words.
Space: A simple method capable
of supporting large numbers of people to self-organize their own
sessions around their own passions within a short time. Core
principle: take responsibility for what you love.
Theater: Participants tell their stories, and actors act
them out, with cathartic and surpring results.
Process Work: Also known as process-oriented
psychology, this approach integrates conflict resolution, archetypes,
dreamwork and bodywork into a powerful mode of individual and group
change, also called worldwork. 2049 NW Hoyt St., Portland, OR 97209;
Conversations Project: Highly
respected for convening effective dialogue on inflamed issues such
as abortion, gay marriage, and African soldiers' return home from
war. Their trainings are excellent. 46
Kondazian St., Watertown, MA 02472; 617-923-1216; www.publicconversations.org.
of Participation: Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA). Offers trainings in US cities and
internationally, with three different modules. (Note that
their "consensus" method refers to a process of card-storming,
clustering, and labeling, not consensus in the traditional meaning of
that word as a decision rule and method.) ICA/Chicago,
4750 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60640; 312-769-6393; www.icaworld.org.
of the Oppressed: Mode developed by Augusto Boal
and others that dissolves the divide between actors and audience;
scenes can be played, replayed, interrupted to experiment with new
outcomes, etc., all driven by the participants.
Café: Start with the idea of rotating small
groups, add food, drawings, a cozy café atmosphere, and well thought
Reconnects: Joanna Macy has pioneered
an impressive array of well-designed exercises for helping people
move through their difficult emotions about the state of the
Association for Public Participation
(IAP2). Also has
regional chapters that offer classes and other events.
International Association of Facilitators
(IAF). Sponsors an
annual conference, publishes a journal. 7630 W. 145th St., Suite 202,
St. Paul, MN 55124; 612-891-3541; email@example.com;
Work. Workshops in facilitation skills, building
sustainable agreements, organizational development and more. Community
at Work, 1 Tubbs St., San Francisco, CA 94107; 415-641-4840; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.communityatwork.com
International Institute for Facilitation and
in Spanish and English. IIFAC, Domingo Diez 1589, Plaza Corporativa
#113, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico 62250; +52 (777) 102 2288; email@example.com;
Institute (Myriam Laberge & Brenda Chaddock) offers
classes in facilitation face-to-face and online in Canada.
WITH POINTERS TO LOTS MORE RESOURCES
Comprehensive list of group and community processes; includes 63
detailed process descriptions, with references.
Pages of particular interest include the Group
And the Group
Skills Resource page
Facilitation listserv Resource page
Information for and about nonprofits.
Contains links to specific items on effective groups and training, as
well as spiritual growth and other topics.
Another large listing of websites.
Articles911 is a free directory of the work-related articles available
on the Internet. Categories related to group process include Meeting
Management, Decision-Making, Conflict, and Facilitation.
Tree Bressen, facilitator and teacher,
has been assisting intentional communities, nonprofits, and other
organizations with group process since 1994. Pages from her website are
available for copying and distribution free of charge as long as you
continue to include these credit lines and contact information.