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Dialogue & Deliberation Methods

Written by NCDD director Sandy Heierbacher to expand upon the text on our “What Are Dialogue & Deliberation?” page. This resource provides enough details to enable you to decide which of these leading dialogue and deliberation methods you should learn more about. In addition to looking at which methods fit your intentions, you will need to consider which methods are aligned with your resources, timeline, and the people you feel need to be involved. The text below is drawn from NCDD’s Engagement Streams Framework. AmericaSpeaks […] (continue)

Possibilities for Transformational Conferences

Possibilities for Transformational Conferences is an 8-page primer on how to plan events for 50 or more people that are interactive, engaging, and generally fabulous. Author Tree Bressen (with Debby Sugarman and Sunrise Facilitation) briefly introduces techniques for making events more participatory and engaging, including Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Appreciative Inquiry, fishbowls, “speed dating,” storytelling, and more. Download at http://treegroup.info/topics/Transformational_Conferences.pdf. About Tree Bressen… From her home in Eugene, Oregon, Tree Bressen consults with a wide variety of organizations on how to have meetings that […] (continue)

Imagine Chicago

Imagine Chicago is a Chicago-based nonprofit that facilitates and trains people in community visioning practices. Founded by Bliss Browne in 1992, the organization utilizes a three-step process of understanding what is, imagining what could be through collaboration, and creating what will be through action. Its community visioning and planning model incorporates Appreciative Inquiry (with an emphasis on intergenerational collaboration), Open Space Technology, the World Café, and asset based community development. This approach has inspired the creation of Imagine and other community planning projects spanning six […] (continue)

OpenGov Playbook

The purpose of the White House’s Open Government Directive (OGD) is to change the culture of federal agencies so that they are more transparent, participatory, and collaborative. The OpenGov Playbook (at www.opengovplaybook.org) is a place for open government practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels to share questions and effective practices about the Directive. Knowledge about the OGD is spread out across the Web; the primary purpose of this wiki-based site is to serve as a useful directory to those resources. The Playbook also […] (continue)

The Large Group Facilitator's Manual: A Collection of Tools for Understanding, Planning and Running Large Group Events

Covering six processes -- Open Space, Future Search, Giant Mind Maps, Vision Search, Strategy Search and the Perth Process -- Open Futures' Manual provides a collection of tools for understanding, planning and running large group events. A clear step-by-step format takes potential facilitators through every stage of making large group events happen. This is the first manual to offer such detailed guides for so many different processes involving between 20 and 500 people in real-time work on the future. (continue)

Toolkit for Localising the Millennium Development Goals

This toolkit has been prepared jointly by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Local Government International Bureau (LGIB) within the context of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals World Summit held in New York in September 2005. The toolkit is part of a broader initiative aiming at mobilising local capacity and unleashing opportunities for leaders to realize the MDGs at the local level. (continue)

Zhaba Facilitators Collective

ZHABA is a collective that helps people be more effective in their actions for nature and environment, social justice, and democracy. They work primarily with citizen initiatives and grassroots organisations. As facilitators, Zhaba members promote creativity and effectiveness in projects, campaigns, and organisations. Their focus is on process: how to make meetings, discussions, and workplaces work, and be fun as well. (continue)

Open Space and the Legacy of Education

A paper that uses John Taylor Gatto's "Seven Lesson Schoolteacher" essay to explain why people experience freedom shock in Open Space. "Essentially freedom shock is a state of anxiety generated by having unprecedented amounts of freedom over one's choices and responsibilities. Freedom is such a strange and unfamiliar concept in many workplaces and communities that the shock of it comes as no surprise to seasoned Open Space Technology facilitators." (continue)

The Art of Hosting and Convening Meaningful Conversations

The Art of Hosting and Convening Conversations is a practice retreat for all who aspire to learn and find new ways for working with others to create innovative and comprehensive solutions. We are a growing community of practitioners, supporting each other to explore and accomplish what we most care about. The hosts of the Art of Hosting invite you to explore the practise of hosting conversations that matter with us, to enhance your own practices of inviting, designing, opening and holding inspired and meaningful spaces in new places in your work, communities and life. (continue)

Open Space Technology: A User's Non-Guide

A companion to Harrison Owen's Open Space Technology: A User's Guide, this book is an edited conversation between 37 Open Space Technology practitioners. (continue)

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