Resource Review: Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making
My favorite resource on facilitating better discussions and decisions
Approximate reading time: two minutes.
The Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making is the single best resource I’ve found for providing core guidance and dozens of practical tools and techniques for facilitating better discussions and decisions.
My five-minute audio review highlights why and explores some of the key content, including:
the four values of participatory groups
common facilitation challenges
facilitating sustainable agreements, and
what facilitators can contribute to groups.
Visual learners may appreciate the video format of the review that includes slides for each of the content areas mentioned.
Table of Contents
Part I: Grounding Principles
1 The Dynamics of Group Decision-Making
2 Participatory Values
3 Introduction to the Role of Facilitation
Part II: Facilitator Fundamentals
4 Facilitating Listening Skills
5 ChartWriting Technique
7 Tools for Managing Long Lists
8 Facilitating Open Discussion
9 Alternates to Open Discussion
10 Effective Agendas: Design Principles
11 Effective Agendas: Desired Outcomes
12 Effective Agendas: Process Design
13 Dealing with Difficult Dynamics
14 Classic Facilitator Challenges
Part III: Sustainable Agreements
15 Principles for Building Sustainable Agreements
16 Inclusive Solutions in Real Life
17 Creative Reframing
Part IV: Facilitating Sustainable Agreements
18 Facilitating in the Divergent Zone
19 Facilitating in the Groan Zone
20 Facilitating in the Convergent Zone
21 Teaching a Group About Group Dynamics
Part V: Reaching Closure
22 The Significance of Clear Decision Rules
23 Striving for Unanimity
24 Reaching Closure Step By Step
25 Facilitating Sustainable Agreements
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