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Update on this post: We compiled the most relevant suggestions we received from the NCDD community (videos and books) in this PDF document. It may be easier to go through than looking through all the comments added to this post. Thank you to NCDD intern Cait Kershner for compiling everyone’s recommendations!

I’m sure most of you have heard of the Coffee Party Movement (CPM) by now; launched early this year on Facebook by Annabel Park, it quickly gained over 100,000 fans and initiated hundreds of face-to-face “coffee parties” across the country (fans now exceed 212,000!).  A left-leaning alternative to the Tea Party Movement, CPM The Coffee Party Movement is embracing civil discussion and collaboration as a means to impacting public policy.

I had a great conversation with Annabel Park a couple of days ago, and she felt that CPM’s coffee party moderators could really benefit from the expertise in our community of practice.  For starters, she wondered if we could help identify some great videos on group facilitation they could encourage their moderators to watch. (In my opinion, any group that is bringing so many people together for civil political discourse – from any side of the political spectrum – deserves our help with process.)

What training videos would you recommend? Videos/films/clips that are freely available for online viewing – or could be made so – are highly preferred!

Knowing the dialogue & deliberation community, you guys will recommend all kinds of resources that are great for new facilitators, and that’s fine (just please include titles, brief descriptions, and links).  I’ll compile everything here on the NCDD blog as it comes in (I’ll be sending this request to various listservs, LinkedIn groups, facebook groups, etc.).  Let’s show Annabel and other civic pioneers how responsive and generous our community can be!

Learn more about the Coffee Party Movement at www.coffeepartyusa.com or www.facebook.com/coffeeparty?ref=ts if you’re on Facebook. And check out this February post on the CPM site, which talks about how they “want the political process broken down into three steps: 1) open and respectful dialogue, 2) thoughtful and informed deliberation, 3) competent and decisive execution.”

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  1. Sally Mahe says:

    Dear NCDD friends and coffee party organizers,

    A resource that coffee party goers might find fun and helpful is a book of 365 quotations meant to inspire people to a broader spirit of democracy. A Greater Democracy Day by Day, was co-authored by me and Kathy Covert and published by Council Oak Books. Books are available free of charge (postage only). 60 books 15.00 in US. Fewer can be ordered, of course. Go to http://www.democracydaybyday.com front page – right column – News April 29, 2009 for information how to order free copies. A guide of ideas in using the book is included on the website – GUIDE.

    I wanted this book to enliven the hearts of people and civic action – just like the coffee party movement. This book was given as a gift at NCDD convention a few years ago.

    Best wishes for lots of good actions ahead,
    Sally Mahe

  2. Posted by John Cavanaugh…

    Workshop – West Virginia Civic Life Institute

    Charleston, WV

    When: June 7-8, 2010
    Where: University of Charleston, Charleston, West Virginia
    Contact: Betty Knighton, Phone: 800-596-5038, E-mail: knighton@wvciviclife.org

    Description:

    Please join us for our 2010 Civic Life Institute

    Connecting People to Public Issues

    June 7-8, 2010
    University of Charleston

    Learn a process for moving from community dialogue to action
    Learn how to moderate community discussions of public issues
    Discuss strategies for organizing community dialogue initiatives
    Network with others who are working to build strong communities
    Engage in deliberation of issue important to our state, including–
    Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse
    Addressing the Dropout Challenge
    Creating Opportunities for Our Young Adults to Thrive
    Dealing with Childhood Obesity
    Issue guides, curriculum materials, and meals are included in the $95 fee.

    For more information, contact–

    Jean Ambrose
    304-679-3970
    ambrose@wvciviclife.org

    Betty Knighton
    304-344-3430
    knighton@wvciviclife.org

    Or visit http://www.wvciviclife.org.

  3. From Ann Lukens…

    Perhaps too obvious and alas no video that I know of, but the World Café website has a couple of FREE useful guides and some great info on running café style sessions….
    Café to Go and the Art of Powerful Questions

    These are simple, useful, and shareable materials….

  4. From Patty McIntosh…

    I hope you'll find these videos helpful:

    Nonviolent Communication Skills Training Role Play NVC or Active Listening http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGkLqgfQGEM

    Nonviolent Communication Skills Training NVC , Active listening skills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JUeDFo9PDY

    And BEST OF ALL — and most importantly, I think, Psychologist Jonathan Haidt at the 2008 TED conference on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives. Without understanding this, there is no possibility we can win over the hearts and minds of those who see the world through a different lens. http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_mo

  5. Hi Sandy
    I do this as one and two-day seminars for a living, but for the coffee party I could host a couple of free webinars if that would help.

    Regards

  6. Here's a good suggestion from Dr. Stephen Thorpe…

    A great resource on DVD is "Hot Spots and Trickey Bits" a Facilitation Training DVD by the Groupwork Institute of Australia. Details are here: http://www.groupwork.com.au/facilitation-dvd/

    Glen Ochre and Ed McKinley's facilitation work has been ground-breaking throughout Australia over the last 25 yeard and this DVD is based on their facilitation education and training with a focus on the 'challenging edges' of facilitation.

    Best regards,
    Dr. Stephen Thorpe
    m: +64 21 110 3018
    e: stephen@zenergyglobal.com
    s: stephenthorpenz
    b: http://www.zenergyglobal.com

  7. bill knight says:

    I have been (overseas in Nigeria) facilitating participatory community-led development for many years and now wonder if one of our favourite tools (used in participatory rapid appraisal and learning activities [PRA/PLA as well as 'bottom-up planning' exercises]might be usefully employed(if not already), at the grass-roots level, here in the USA (where I have recently settled)?

    It helps people define (and hopefully agree on)what they mean by 'participation' before committing to a participatory process or movement.

    A Typology of participation: how people participate in development programmes and projects

    Typology
    Components of Each Type

    1. Passive Participation
    People participate by being told what is going to happen or has already happened. It is a unilateral announcement by an administration or project management without any listening to people's responses. The information being shared belongs only to external professionals.

    2. Participation in Information Giving
    People participate by answering questions posed by extractive researchers using questionnaire surveys or similar approaches. People do not have the opportunity to influence proceedings, as the findings of the research are neither shared nor checked for accuracy.

    3. Participation by Consultation
    People participate by being consulted, and external agents listen to views. These external agents define both problems and solutions, and may modify these in the light of people's responses. Such a consultative process does not concede any share in decision-making, and professionals are under no obligation to take on board people's views.

    4. Participation for Material Incentives People participate by providing resources, for example labour, in return for food, cash or other material incentives. Much on-farm research falls in this category, as farmers provide the fields but are not involved in the experimentation or the process of learning. It is very common to see this called participation, yet people have no stake in prolonging activities when the incentives end.

    5. Functional Participation
    People participate by forming groups to meet predetermined objectives related to the project, which can involve the development or promotion of externally initiated social organisation. Such involvement does not tend to be at early stages of project cycles or planning, but rather after major decisions have been made. These institutions tend to be dependent on external initiators and facilitators, but may become self-dependent.

    6. Interactive Participation
    People participate in joint analysis, which leads to action plans and the formation of new local institutions or the strengthening of existing ones. It tends to involve interdisciplinary methodologies that seek multiple perspectives and make use of systematic and structured learning processes. These groups take control over local decisions, and so people have a stake in maintaining structures or practices.

    7. Self-mobilization
    People participate by taking initiatives independent of external institutions to change systems. Such self-initiated mobilization and collective action may or may not challenge existing inequitable distributions of wealth and power.

    From Alternative Systems of Inquiry for a Sustainable Agriculture, Jules N. Pretty, IIED, December 1993

  8. Katharine Weinmann says:

    Hi Sandy
    I wonder about IAP2's site and the Art of Hosting, http://www.artofhosting.org.
    Best….

  9. William Gellermann says:

    As I see it, COMMUNICATION is fundamental to the process of our (all of humanity) living together. And DIALOGUE and DELIBERATION are fundamental to how we communicate. And a shared view of what we mean by DIALOGUE is fundamental.

    I find Buber's concept particularly meaningful and, as I understand it, that concept refers to the process of MEANING FLOWING THROUGH. And to me that means I listen for the purpose of UNDERSTANDING OTHERS' MEANINGS and express MY MEANINGS for the purpose of helping them UNDERSTAND MY MEANINGS.

    Too much ot the communication I experience around me is focussed on EXPRESSING people's own views –with little or no attention to UNDERSTANDING others' views.

    Only after a foundation of MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING has been laid can people move on to DELIBERATION.

    At least that's my view.

  10. Cait Kershner says:

    Here is a suggestion from Open Space Technology:

    I still think, in what concerns OST, that "the best" is this one (from: http://www.openspaceworld.org/cgi/wiki.cgi?BooksA… ).

    US West Open Space- (available on DVD, VHS and PAL) – 16 minute video. If picturing or describing an Open Space event is difficult for you, this video gives you a feel for the experience. It takes you from the beginning of an event held by US WEST through its completion. It also follows several participants back into the work place. In addition, Harrison Owen, originator of Open Space Technology, describes the basics. Through participant interviews, scenes from the event and explanations by Harrison, you will begin to understand the potential of Open Space Technology. Price: US$40 [BuyItOnline]

    But you can see many others here: http://openspaceworld.ning.com/

    (it needs subscription, but the questions are only to avoid spammers…)

  11. Cait Kershner says:

    Here is a suggestion from Dr. Stephen Thrope:

    A great resource on DVD is "Hot Spots and Trickey Bits" a Facilitation Training DVD by the Groupwork Institute of Australia. Details are here: http://www.groupwork.com.au/facilitation-dvd/

    Glen Ochre and Ed McKinley's facilitation work has been ground-breaking through out Australia over the last 25 yeard and this DVD is based on their facilitation education and training with a focus on the challenging edges of facilitation.

    Best regards,
    Dr. Stephen Thorpe
    m: 021 110 3018
    e: stephen@zenergyglobal.com
    s: stephenthorpenz
    b: http://www.zenergyglobal.com

  12. Cait Kershner says:

    From Lucy Garrick:

    This one is short one (3 min) by Steven Covey on use of talking stick – seems a good tool for public forums and complete enough to be a useful training tool..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5aszu84FLM

    Lucy Garrick
    Principal
    NorthShore Group Consulting & Coaching
    Strategic Planning, Leadership Development and Collaboration http://www.northshoregroup.net
    Blog: Global Outlook from the North Shore
    Twitter: newsaboutchange
    Time zone: PDT/GMT -8
    Ph: +1.206.335.5635

  13. Cait Kershner says:

    From Jose Maria Zamarron Cassinello:

    May be you find something useful here http://www.gurteen.com/
    Best wishes
    Jose

  14. Cait Kershner says:

    From Amy Lenzo:

    As for your question about training videos, Sandy, we do have some videos that while not specifically "training" videos, do offer some great information and orientation for generative conversation, World Cafe style. They are all on the World Cafe online community and I would recommend the following to get started:

    What is the World Cafe? http://www.theworldcafecommunity.org/video/what-i

  15. Cait Kershner says:

    Another from Amy Lenzo:

    As for your question about training videos, Sandy, we do have some videos that while not specifically "training" videos, do offer some great information and orientation for generative conversation, World Cafe style. They are all on the World Cafe online community and I would recommend the following to get started:

    Seven Principles of World Cafe http://www.theworldcafecommunity.org/video/seven-

  16. Cait Kershner says:

    From Amy Lenzo:

    As for your question about training videos, Sandy, we do have some videos that while not specifically "training" videos, do offer some great information and orientation for generative conversation, World Cafe style. They are all on the World Cafe online community and I would recommend the following to get started:

    Welcome to the World Cafe http://www.theworldcafecommunity.org/video/welcom

  17. Cait Kershner says:

    From Rosemary Cairns:

    Pinpoint Facilitation
    90-second video of an actual Pinpoint Facilitation Workshop in action. The Group works through the Pinpoint Facilitation process, step by step.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPdFX5VYnDw

    Seven key skills that make a great facilitator. Short video presentation from Australian facilitator (9:11)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbEeHWahNmw

    Kind regards,
    Rosemary

  18. Cait Kershner says:

    From Stephen Thorpe:

    A great resource on DVD is "Hot Spots and Trickey Bits" a Facilitation Training DVD by the Groupwork Institute of Australia. Details are here: http://www.groupwork.com.au/facilitation-dvd/

    Glen Ochre and Ed McKinley's facilitation work has been ground-breaking through out Australia over the last 25 yeard and this DVD is based on their facilitation education and training with a focus on the challenging edges of facilitation.

    Cost – $60.00 plus $8.00 postage and handling in Australia

    Best regards,
    Dr. Stephen Thorpe
    m: 021 110 3018
    e: stephen@zenergyglobal.com
    s: stephenthorpenz
    b: http://www.zenergyglobal.com

  19. Cait Kershner says:

    From Christine Whitney Sanchez:

    Seven Principles of World Cafe
    What is World Cafe?

    http://www.theworldcafecommunity.org/video

    Warm wishes from misty London,
    Christine
    http://www.theworldcafecommunity.org/profiles/mes

  20. Cait Kershner says:

    From Stephen Thorpe:

    A great resource on DVD is "Hot Spots and Trickey Bits" a Facilitation Training DVD by the Groupwork Institute of Australia. Details are here: http://www.groupwork.com.au/facilitation-dvd/

    Glen Ochre and Ed McKinley's facilitation work has been ground-breaking throughout Australia over the last 25 yeard and this DVD is based on their facilitation education and training with a focus on the 'challenging edges' of facilitation.

    Best regards,
    Dr. Stephen Thorpe
    m: +64 21 110 3018
    e: stephen@zenergyglobal.com
    s: stephenthorpenz
    b: http://www.zenergyglobal.com

  21. Cait Kershner says:

    Joan Eisenstodt:

    David Johnson, who I know, has this book that may be very useful. http://www.amazon.com/Achieving-Results-Fast-Facilitation-Business/dp/1439211531/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273512334&sr=1-1

    Book title: Achieving Results Fast: Facilitation for Your Business

    Thanks.
    Joan Eisenstodt

  22. Cait Kershner says:

    From Robert Griffiths:

    You are welcome to use my problem solving video based on the GROW model.

    You can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu0VAuhsZ_g

    It can be used as a means of solving problems or as a means of running a meeting.

    If you would like a set of questions for each stage of the process just let me know.

    Good luck with the project. It sounds much needed.

    Best wishes,
    Bob

  23. *From Colette Herrick, Insight Shift, colette@insightshift.com

    I was a delegate this past week-end at the Utah Democratic Convention and met several volunteers from the Coffee Party who were spreading the word of their movement —-promoting civil discourse, looking for shared values, and increasing understanding among citizens rather than demonizing differences.
    They too were very interested to hear of appreciative inquiry. I offered to help them to learn more about the principles and practices of AI and will share favorite resources with them. While I' don't have any video recommendations, wondering if other Ai practitioners across the country who have interest, might be willing to share some of their knowledge and favorite resources with their local volunteers. The volunteers seemed very passionate and committed to growing and making a positive difference.

  24. *From Robert J. Voyle, Director, Clergy Leadership Institute, robvoyle@voyle.com
    I am a big fan of helping people work from a place of purpose. However I have also found that asking people: “what is the purpose of…” leads to lots of abstractions and shoulds that are disconnected from lived experience.

I find it is more helpful to ask people what their best experience of something is and then discerning the actual purpose of the organization or activity.

So we could ask the following questions.
”Tell me your best of experience of what the government has done for you or the people you care about. Tell me about this experience that left you feeling proud of paying taxes and contributing to the communities benefit.”

Out of these experiences we could discern the life-giving purpose of the government.

Everyone grumbles about paying taxes. I don’t want to pay less taxes, I just want to be proud of how my taxes are being spent to create a society I would want to live in. I wonder what the government needs to be doing to make each one of us proud of the taxes we pay and our ability to contribute to the society that we enjoy. 

I think in many of these situations we are asking the wrong questions. Several years ago there was a series of military base closings. the people in the communities were upset that their prosperity was threatened and became angry with the government, which in turn becomes defensive and remote. I wonder what would have happened if the military had engaged with the community to wonder what they could do to make the land they occupied so valuable to the people that they would have welcomed the departure of the military.

  25. *From Roger Davies, rdavies@rtpcompany.com
    Whilst I can’t offer any suggestion for videos I would like to propose that the following question is asked. ‘What is the purpose of government?’ I hear so many ‘the government should not do..’ kind of statements and very few commentators and activists tackling the question of why we have government and what we have it for. That question spurs a much more revealing conversation rather than wrestling with opinion on individual issues.

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