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30 11, 2011

Origins of the Samoan Circle

By |2018-11-21T15:41:54+00:00November 30th, 2011|Dialogue, Facilitation|0 Comments

The following appeared in Public Involvement Techniques: A Reader of Ten Years Experience at the Institute for Water Resources (PDF, pages 265-270), a collection of articles on public involvement from 1983, prepared by James L. Creighton, Jerome Delli Priscoli and C. Mark Dunning for the Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: The [...]

6 09, 2011

White House Petitions: A Small Sample of Popular Feedback

By |2018-11-21T15:41:55+00:00September 6th, 2011|E-participation, Facilitation|2 Comments

The newly-announced We The People e-petition initiative by the White House has been getting a lot of coverage (for example, see here, here, here, here, here). I spent Saturday reading through comment threads on various sites to look for additional feedback, criticisms and concerns related to the public participation process, some of which I'm listing [...]

22 05, 2011

Lenzo: The Key to Online Hosting Is Deep Listening

By |2018-11-21T15:41:58+00:00May 22nd, 2011|Facilitation|3 Comments

Adriano Pianesi and Amy Lenzo just released a short guide to online hosting (published in the March issue of The Systems Thinker): The Art of Online Hosting: From Powerpoint to Powerful (PDF). From the paper: The key to online hosting is simple—deep listening. When it comes to using online tools, people are often distracted by technology, and [...]

8 03, 2011

Democs: Smart In-Person Process for Small-Group Consultations

By |2018-11-21T15:41:59+00:00March 8th, 2011|Facilitation, Games and Play, Research|2 Comments

Stephen Whitehead, researcher at London, UK-based New Economics Foundation (nef), recently alerted me to a new paper of theirs: Connected Conversations Reflecting on nef's decade of experience in democracy and participation, this pamphlet argues that tackling the biggest issues, from climate change to social inequality, needs to start with small conversations between friends and neighbours. [...]

15 02, 2009

Structuring Participant Input: Dynamic Facilitation, Brainstorming

By |2018-11-21T15:42:11+00:00February 15th, 2009|Facilitation, Research|7 Comments

While I was assembling my off-the-cuff analysis of input types on Change.gov, I felt compelled to revisit two existing facilitation techniques that help guide participation by adding to the process the kind of structure that I believe could work very well for large-scale efforts. First, Dynamic Facilitation, a method I first learned about at the 2006 National Conference on [...]