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Reflection

Reflection refers to thoughtfulness, concentration, meditation, contemplation - especially the calm, careful, continued consideration of something. Often it involves observing and coming to understand the functioning of one's own mind or heart (which is sometimes called self-reflexive awareness). (continue)

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)

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)

Public Conversations Project’s Approach

PCP's mission is to foster a more inclusive, empathic and collaborative society by promoting constructive conversations and relationships among those who have differing values, world views, and positions about divisive public issues. Since 1990, PCP has convened, designed, and facilitated numerous dialogues on a variety of controversial public issues, including abortion, the environment, population and development, sexual orientation and religion, and economic difference. (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)

Institute of Cultural Affairs

The Institute of Cultural Affairs is one of the oldest and largest providers of training in facilitation. Their techniques are known collectively as the Technology of Participation, and they offer an extensive series of courses in the various techniques. (continue)

The Understanding Process

Experience has demonstrated that the Understanding Process is valuable as a mode of prevention as well as intervention in existing conflicts and is being used effectively in: improving public conversations about controversial issues, team and community building, leadership development, creative approaches to problems and issues, and working with groups as well as interpersonal dyadic communication. (continue)

Café to Go! A Quick Reference Guide for Putting Conversations to Work

This concise 7-page guide to the World Café (2002) covers the basics of the process. It includes brief outlines of each principle, a description of Café Etiquette, an outline of key elements of the World Café conversations, and tips for creating Café ambiance. Download from www.theworldcafe.com/hosting.htm. (continue)

Opening Doors: A Facilitator's Handbook

Opening Doors provides practical methods developed over many years of experience for bringing consensus to business group discussions, cutting to the essence of an issue, and dealing with a multitude of communication problems. The author presents effective techniques for facilitation from the beginning of preparation through the creation of the meeting environment, to the actual carrying out of meetings in the modern business world. (continue)

Trainer’s Manual: Getting The Most Out Of Consensus Processes

This Trainer's Manual, designed as a "workshop for public officials," provides essential information for any individual, agency or organization that participates in a collaborative process. The workshop is presented in eight modules, each covering an aspect of what has been found to be the "best practices" in participating in a collaborative or consensus building process. It is based on the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) Report, "Best Practices for Government Agencies: Guidelines for Using Agreement-Seeking Processes." (continue)

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