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IAF pioneer Mirja Hanson interview from Meeting Tips Radio

This podcast (audio recording) from Meeting Tips Radio features an interview with Mirja Hanson. Mirja is a well-known author and pioneer in the field of meeting facilitation. She has been a trainer for the Institute of Cultural Affairs for the past 39 years. She is also a founding member and past chair of the International Association of Facilitators and is known for creating collaborative tools like the WAVE Trend Analysis and is an accomplished author. Her book, Clues to Achieving Consensus: A Leader’s Guide to Navigating Collaborative […] (continue)

Civic Fusion: Mediating Polarized Public Disputes

Civic Fusion: Mediating Polarized Public Disputes by Susan Podziba, a public policy mediator and principal of Susan Podziba & Associates,” offers proven strategies for moving polarized parties to consensus solutions based on the author’s 25 years of mediation experience, including working with pro-life and pro-choice leaders to change the rhetoric of the abortion debate.” Civic Fusion occurs when people with passionately different interests and positions bond to address common public goals without sacrificing core values. The book includes stories of the abortion talks as well as […] (continue)

Sociocracy

Sociocracy is a visionary and practical approach to participatory decision making based on equivalence of power of all participants. It is based on creating self-optimizing systems that are effective and productive. The principles and practices were developed by Gerard Endenburg based on: Modern management theory and practices Quaker traditions of peace education and the valuing of each person Cybernetics, the science of communications and control Some are drawn to the sociocratic circle method or dynamic governance simply because it is based on the best science available […] (continue)

William D. Ruckelshaus Center

The mission of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center is to act as a neutral resource for collaborative problem solving in the State of Washington and Pacific Northwest. The Center provides expertise to improve the quality and availability of voluntary collaborative approaches for policy development and multi-party dispute resolution. The Center is a joint effort of Washington’s two research universities and was developed in response to requests from community leaders. Building on the unique strengths of the two institutions, the Center is dedicated to assisting public, private, […] (continue)

Top 10 Most Common Mistakes in Consensus Process and How to Avoid Them

Tree Bressen, an NCDD Supporting Member and expert in facilitation and consensus, just released a new 2-page handout to assist those involved in the current Occupy movement, which has been using a consensus decision-making process. Tree noted in her email about this extremely timely, useful resource that “a two-page quick handout can’t replace a training, but it can help in the meantime.” You can download the handout at http://treegroup.info/topics/Top-10-Consensus-Mistakes.pdf (I’m also including it below as a valuable archive and resource). (continue)

NCDD Listserv Discussion on Consensus

The following is a transcript of a rich discussion on consensus that occurred on NCDD’s main discussion list in March and April, 2005. This discussion was begun by Rogier Gregoire on March 20th, 2005. Enjoy! (continue)

Spectrum of Processes for Collaboration and Consensus-Building in Public Decisions

This one-page spectrum (2008) was developed by Suzanne Orenstein, Lucy Moore and Susan Sherry, members of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Future of Collaboration and Consensus on Public Issues, in consideration of and inspiration from the spectra developed by International Association for Public Involvement (Public Participation Spectrum) and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (Engagement Streams Framework). While all types of processes have intrinsic value on their own, those on the right side of the spectrum tend to include early phases akin […] (continue)

Technology of Participation (ToP)

Technology of Participation (ToP®) is a collection of highly practical group facilitation methods developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). ToP consists of methods that enable groups to (1) engage in thoughtful and productive conversations, (2) develop common ground for working together, and (3) build effective short- and long-range plans. The ToP methods grew out of ICA’s work in community and organizational development around the world. ICA developed and tested the initial forms of these processes in the early 1960s in a new style […] (continue)

Can America’s Democracy Be Improved?

Ideally, the democratic process ought to "direct the exercise of political rights toward the satisfaction of interests" and operate in ways that involve and educate all relevant stakeholders . The current structure and practice of representative democracy in the United States fall short of this ideal in several ways. First, too few people are involved in a meaningful way in most decisions that affect them and their communities, and there is too much dependence on electing representatives to speak on behalf of those whom they serve. Second, there is an over-reliance on majority rule, and a lack of emphasis on forging political consensus. This means that the concerns of certain "minorities" are constantly ignored. Very little effort has been made to increase the capacity of people who disagree or come from disparate schools of thought to interact in ways that encourage deeper understanding or reconciliation of differences. (continue)

Enquiry-By-Design / Charrette

An Enquiry-by-Design is an intensive, interactive forum, over 2 to 4 days, that aims to produce non-binding urban design and planning visions for complex projects. Workshops involve a Technical Team and a Consultation Group, working in tandem. Participants work together using a consensus building approach to create both principles of development, designs and implementation strategies. A Charrette is a similar process, however where the Enquiry-by-Design usually involves the urban design of a limited number of sites, the Charrette involves more comprehensive visioning and urban design of an area's employment, transport, facilities and growth. (continue)

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