|Re: rotating facilitation||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:04:54 -0700 (PDT)|
On 12 Aug 2011, at 10:18 PM, Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah wrote: > There are lots of jobs that anyone can do adequately, or that do > little harm if not done well, but in our experience we really have had > good results with a steady team of facilitators, and a Steering > Committee that is selected by a Nominating task force, and affirmed by > the group, for staggered two-year terms. I agree with Lynn's comments the advantages of not rotating facilitation tasks. I would also add that as a participant in a meeting I feel much more relaxed when it is being led by someone I have experience with. I know whether they are likely to be prepared or to understand this or that topic well or not. What they are likely to forget. In other words, I can arrive prepared for their strengths and weaknesses and not be caught off guard myself. We also have facilitators from the facilitator team assigned to operational teams and to issues so when that team or issue on the agenda the same facilitator will preside for that part of the meeting. That means the facilitator is better informed and has chosen a topic they feel comfortable with. It isn't random. That also means I know they remember what was said in the last meeting — we don't have to catch them up or start all over again with the discussion. The facilitator team is open to anyone who wants to join and those who are inappropriate for our group sort of fade away on their own. People who have facilitation experience in other settings may not be appropriate for cohousing. One person, for example, who facilitated parent groups who were learning about a particular method of parenting, spent too much time lecturing — perfectly appropriate if she had been the expert in the room. Drove us crazy. Another just had too much fun being entertaining and never got to the point. Great for a dinner celebration for a professional organization but not for us. The facilitation team also makes some selections of who will facilitate so they also have control over assigning people who are good at specific kinds of discussions, decisions, etc. One person might be asked to facilitate a meeting with discussion but no decisions; another to a meeting with a hard consensus decision. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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