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The Little Book of Cool Tools for Hot Topics: Group Tools to Facilitate Meetings When Things Are Hot

This quick-reading 100-page book is a how-to collection of tools that have proven to be highly effective for facilitation of group conversation about difficult topics. The book shows how to help people hear each other when they feel like shouting; how to focus on the issues at stake rather than having a war of personalities; how to employ actual practices for better understanding (interviews, small-group discussions, role-reversal presentations); and how to move a group toward making a decision that all can honestly support. (continue)

Issue Framing: Issue Books and Implications for Community Action

The Kettering Foundation long ago identified a disconnect between the public and politics. People in communities all over the country felt estranged from their elected representatives, from their public institutions, and most importantly, from each other. A significant portion of this disconnect focused on how issues in communities got named and framed. Kettering surmised, correctly, that if a public issue was named in such a way that the public could not identify with it, then the public would have a difficult time supporting it. However, if the public could identify a public problem together (naming) and then discuss choices on how to solve the particular problem (framing), then the likelihood of greater community action increased ten-fold. (continue)

Heartland: The Convening Company

Offering a unique combination of In-person, Online & TeleCommunity Community, Heartland is a member-based network, serving all those called to be our social and organizational pioneers. Experience the power of one multiplied by the power of many: join the Heartland Member Circle, attend a Thought Leader Gathering, sign up for an Art of Convening TeleTraining, or register for the next VisionHolder TeleConversation. (continue)

The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner’s Guide for Leading Large-Group Change

A comprehensive practitioner's guide to the AI Summit methodology - a new way of managing change that combines large-group processes with Appreciative Inquiry. Written by four leading pioneers in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, the guide includes numerous examples from organizations around the world, including McDonald's, John Deere, Verizon, British Airways, the US Navy, United Religions Initiative, American Red Cross, and many others. The AI Summit has been called "the preferred method when applying whole-scale change to large groups." (continue)

IAP2 Public Participation Toolbox

This 9-page chart introduces nearly 50 "techniques to share information."  The techniques range from websites and newspaper inserts to future search conferences and citizen juries. Includes brief descriptions, as well as bullet points summarizing things to think through, things that can go right, and things that can go wrong. (continue)

Center for Strategic Facilitation

CSF is a partnership of consultants experienced in training, facilitation and organizational development, who collaborate to expand the use of participatory approaches and methods by individuals, organizations and communities. CSF is affiliated with The Institute of Cultural Affairs, a leader over the past four decades in promoting lasting positive change in communities, nonprofit organizations and businesses. They utilize a distinct and proven approach developed by the ICA called the Technology of Participation (ToP), and offer a number of trainings on facilitative leadership and group facilitation methods. (continue)

Insight and Action: How to Discover and Support a Life of Integrity and Commitment to Change

This handbook will teach you how to facilitate both support groups and 'clearness groups' (sessions for assisting individuals to make wise decisions). The book also includes an excellent section on the art of 'Strategic Questioning.' (continue)

The Art of Powerful Questions: Catalyzing Insight, Innovation and Action

This comprehensive guide explores the three dimensions of a powerful question - construction, scope and assumptions - and then offers sample questions for focusing collective attention, finding deeper insight and creating forward movement. This 18-page guide is a freely downloadable PDF document. (continue)

Facilitation

The simplest form of facilitation entails ensuring that all involved have a chance to speak and that the meeting starts and ends on time. Any group member can do this, especially if the group agrees to support them at it. It can help to rotate the responsibility, giving all group members a turn at it. (continue)

International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus

The International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus is a professional team of facilitators, trainers and consultants who specialize in participatory processes. We work with change-oriented groups in both the public and private sector, as well as with national and international networks. Headquartered in Mexico, IIFAC relies on a group of skilled colleagues around the world to provide customized services designed to meet our clients' training and facilitation needs. IIFAC's monthly electronic publication, Bonfire, is designed to inform and inspire facilitators. (continue)

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