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These 22 slides accompanied a workshop that focused on teaching the basics of a consensus process that uses cooperative dialogue. It also covered techniques for an efficient council and tools for......

These 22 slides accompanied a workshop that focused on teaching the basics of a consensus process that uses cooperative dialogue. It also covered techniques for an efficient council and tools for effective community engagement.

The participants were parents interested in forming a school council, but could be useful for any group interested in using a consensus based approach for their collective decision-making.

Handouts from the workshop are available for download at http://cooptools.ca/groveworkshopsept29

Dotmocracy materials are available at www.Dotmocracy.org

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  • 1. Consensus Decision-Making
    Grove Community School - Parent Council Training Workshop
  • 2. Agenda
    Introduction
    Who's Here?
    Consensus Basics
    Dialogue for Consensus
    Techniques for an Efficient  Council
    Tools for Effective Community Engagement
    Community Meeting Scenario
    Next Steps
    Parents can talk to grade reps (OPTIONAL)
  • 3. Introduction
    Workshop Goal: Skills building among parents
    Plan to create a Parent Council
  • 4. Introduction
    Jason Diceman
    &
    Simone Arsenault-May
  • 5. Who’s Here?
  • 6. What is Consensus?
    Democratic form of group decision-making that works best in small groups (less than 15).
    Process: Creative and cooperative discussion of ideas and opinions.
    Goal: Find the best solution that everyone can live with.
    Equal opportunity to participate.
    Promote the growth of community and build trust.
  • 7. What Consensus is Not
    Not necessarily unanimous agreement with 100% enthusiastic satisfaction.
    Not voting on competing options (e.g. Robert’s Rules).
    Not debating or bargaining to win your view.
    Not going with the lowest common denominator.
    Silence interpreted as consent.
    Not just going along with ‘the leader’.
  • 8. Your Definition
    Your group will create and agree upon your own working definition of consensus, and when and how other kinds of decision-making will be used e.g. voting, delegation.
  • 9. Basic Steps of Consensus
    Introduction: Presentation of issue to be addressed.
    Clarification: Questions and information gathering.
    Dialogue: Discussion of ideas and opinions towards the formation of a proposal.
    Address Concerns: Ask for concerns with proposal and seek solutions.
    Call for Consensus: Each member states their level of support for proposal.
    If lacking support, further dialogue is likely required.
    Option to use alternative decision-making (e.g. delegate, vote).
    Shelve the decision to be addressed at a later date.
  • 10. Levels of Support
  • 11. Using Alternative Decision-Making
    Conditions for using other forms of decision-making need to be determined in advance.
    Participants should be sincerely seeking consensus, not sabotaging in order to force a vote.
    When the decision at hand is very subjective it might be better to delegate.
    When urgent decisions are required it may be better to delegate.
  • 12. Dialogue for Consensus
    Role Playing Dialogue vs. Debate:
    What should be our special lunch day menu?
  • 13.
  • 14. Tips for an Efficient  Council
    Hard working and cooperative individuals
    Experienced meeting chair person
    Consistent use of a discussion email list (e.g. Yahoo Groups, Google Groups)
    Up-to-date documentation on the web(e.g. Google Sites, WikiSpaces.com)
    Simple web tools to help schedule meetings (e.g. Doodle.com, MeetingWizard.com)
  • 15. Methods for Community Messages
    Email list / e-newsletter
    Up-to-date website
    Take home letters
    Posters
    Bulletin Boards
  • 16. Techniques for Community Engagement
    ‘One-window’ contacts
    One person and set of contact details responsible for managing communication to and from the council
    Promotes consistency and group accountability
    Speak w/one voice - avoid conflicting messages
    Online Surveys (e.g. SurveyMonkey.com)
  • 17. Techniques for Community Engagement
    Forums
    Open House Events
    Study Circles
  • 18. Dotmocracy Sheets
  • 19. Dotmocracy Wall
  • 20. Dotmocracy Wall
  • 21. Community Meeting Scenario
    DEMONSTRATIONUse Dotmocracy sheets to recognize agreements concerning:
    What should our policy be for what students can take to school?
  • 22. Next Steps
    Slides to be posted at www.cooptools.ca/groveworkshopsept29