“Reaching for Consensus: Successful Meetings, Strong Community”
Sponsored by the Lawrence Sustainability Network
- Thursday, July 17, 2008, 7 p.m.
- Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: All ages
From the organizers: This workshop is for anyone who is interested in building community or who plans to attend a meeting sometime during their lives. It is not just for those interested in leading meetings, although those skills will be covered as well. Meetings and building community can be incredibly rewarding, frustrating or a mix of both. The challenges of creating conditions for a good meeting are the same challenges faced in building and sustaining a good community: -listening to all points of view-good use of the collective time-inclusiveness and ownership-decisions that reflect the highest wisdom possible-sharing roles Here's a brief outline of what will be discussed: 1) Kinds of meetings: matching meeting styles with the needs of the group2) Consensus decision-making: what it really is3) Components of a successful meeting4) Roles of the agenda collector, facilitator, note-taker, timekeeper5) Additional supports6) The importance of preparation: reports and sponsors This workshop will be interactive and participatory. You will be given the opportunity to try out various roles and learn what to look for and expect out of a good meeting even if you aren't interested in learning and sharpening your facilitation skills. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the author of seven books, a teacher,and workshop facilitator who has trained in and helped train individualsand groups in group process and facilitation for 25 years. Ken Lassman is author of Wild Douglas County, has training and instructed in facilitation processes, has been a VISTA volunteer, co-founder of Kaw Council and been involved in a host of other organizations over the years.