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Samoan Circle

“The Samoan circle is a leaderless meeting intended to help negotiations in controversial issues. While there is no ‘leader’, a professional facilitator can welcome participants and explain the seating arrangements, rules, timelines and the process. As with the Fishbowl process, the Samoan circle has people seated in a circle within . . . Read more

No attendance, No Vote

Mondragón had some interesting strategies for maintaining member participation. For example, if a member doesn’t attend a general assembly meeting, they don’t get a vote at the next meeting. While this seems a bit harsh, proxy voting is allowed – one member can cast their own vote and up to . . . Read more

E-prime

E-Prime (short for English-Prime, sometimes denoted É or E′) is a prescriptive version of the English language that excludes all forms of the verb to be. E-Prime does not allow the conjugations of to be—be, am, is, are, was, were, been, being— the archaic forms of to be (e.g. art, wast, wert), . . . Read more

I-message

In interpersonal communication, an I-message or I-statement is an assertion about the feelings, beliefs, values etc. of the person speaking, generally expressed as a sentence beginning with the word “I”, and is contrasted with a “you-message” or “you-statement”, which often begins with the word “you” and focuses on the person . . . Read more

NonViolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication (abbreviated NVC, also called Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication) is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. NVC often functions as a conflict resolution process. It focuses on three aspects of communication: self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one’s own inner . . . Read more

Spectrogram

This is an interactive whole group exercise that helps highlight the range of perspectives in a group. There is a tape on the floor with agree at one and disagree at the other: agree |—————–|—————–| disagree. The moderator asks a somewhat controversial question and directs participants to take a stand . . . Read more

Things

In the ancient Nordic societies, things were community gatherings where issues and matters of concern were publicly discussed. Thinging entails the creation of “socio-material ‘collectives of humans and non-humans’ through whom matters of concern or controversies are handled” (Björgvisson et al 2012). Fabriken, a co-creative place from Malmo, is using . . . Read more

Talking Sticks / Talking Piece

“The talking stick, also called a speaker’s staff, is an instrument of aboriginal democracy also used by native americans groups. The talking stick may be passed around a group or used only by leaders as a symbol of their authority and right to speak in public. In a tribal council . . . Read more

RoleStorming

RoleStorming is an evolution of Brainstorming, whereby you take on another identity. It was developed by Griggs (1985) and described by VanGundy (1988). Viewing problems and solutions from a different standpoint. Unusual ‘off the wall’ ideas may seem radical/’silly’ if ‘you’ present them, however, generated by a nameless person removes . . . Read more

Progressive Stack

A progressive stack is a technique used in some general assemblies in the Occupy movement, designed to ensure that people from marginalized groups get a chance to speak. It is sometimes an introduction to, or stepping stone to, consensus decide in which simple majorities have less power. The theory behind . . . Read more