Re: Role of facilitators at plenary meetings
From: Mac Thomson (macthomsonme.com)
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 14:55:36 -0800 (PST)
Nice ground rules Catya.

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Mac Thomson

Heartwood Cohousing
Southwest Colorado
http://www.heartwoodcohousing.com


"The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."
        - Thomas Jefferson
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> On Dec 18, 2019, at 1:37 PM, Catya Belfer <catya [at] pobox.com> wrote:
> 
> Sharon,
> 
> True!  for us it just means that when there is a question about how to
> proceed - "Should we call for consensus now?" "Should we put off the break
> for 5 minutes to finish this topic?"  "Should we all stop an take a deep
> breath?" - the facilitator is the one who gets to make that call.
> 
> Muriel,
> 
> It's one of our meeting ground rules, which we agreed on by consensus a
> zillion (15?) years ago:
> 
> https://mosaic-commons.org/groundrules
> 
>   - When in doubt about the process, the facilitator decides.
>   - Use the Color Cards <http://www.mosaic-commons.org/colorcards>. [
>   https://www.mosaic-commons.org/colorcards]
>   - Stay on topic.
>   - No side conversations.
>   - Speak for yourself, and allow others to speak for themselves.
>   - Be succinct.
>   - Avoid repeating a point or idea that has already been stated by
>   yourself or others.
>   - Listen for understanding before you react.
>   - Ask questions rather than make assumptions — if confused, ask!
>   - Emotions are okay, aggression is not.
> 
> 
> Catya Belfer
> www.catya.org
> CuriosityktCat.etsy.com
> www.mosaic-commons.org
> 
> 
> On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 10:24 PM Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at] vt.edu> wrote:
> 
>> Catya, I like your formulation, but what sort of rule is this? Is it a
>> norm, or a consensus decision, or in a governance document? or what?
>> 
>> On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 11:38 AM Catya Belfer <catya [at] pobox.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> We have a ground rule that says "When in doubt, the facilitator decides".
>>> 
>>>     - cat
>>> 
>>> Catya Belfer
>>> www.catya.org
>>> CuriosityktCat.etsy.com
>>> www.mosaic-commons.org
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 9:29 PM Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at] vt.edu> 
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> I'm on a team that is rewriting our Bylaws and we're at the section
>>> about
>>>> the plenary meeting. We'd like to include language about what we expect
>>> and
>>>> empower facilitators to do to keep the meeting running in a manner that
>>> is
>>>> fair, kind, efficient, etc. Can anyone share any language either in your
>>>> Bylaws or in other governance documents relating to this? Thanks in
>>>> advance!
>>>>   Muriel at Shadowlake Village
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