Discussion Process

Conversations that matter

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Here’s an “Invitation Process” you could use to have a conversation with other compassion occupiers:
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Choose a facilitator and change facilitators each meeting.
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Start with icebreakers and introductions, where you’re from, and why you’re there.
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The facilitator starts the discussion of the preface/introduction or chapter by sharing ONE word or phrase that comes to mind when s/he thinks about the assigned reading. For example, “freedom,” or “Caring citizens are the solution.” Then s/he invites some to do the same. (It’s okay to pass.) That person does the same until everyone has had a chance to share and then invite someone to share. This should take less than 15 seconds per person. This is not where you will be explaining your thoughts.
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The facilitator then shares his/her feeling about the material. For example, anxious. Confused. Angry. Energized. Then s/he invites some to do the same. (It’s okay to pass.) That person does the same until everyone has had a chance to share and then invite someone to share. Again, this should take less than 15 seconds per person. You'll get your chance to talk a lot later in the process.
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Time for your soapbox. The group decides on a time to allow for everyone to be on their soapbox, usually 1.5 to 3.0 minutes each without interruption. Choose a timekeeper who will keep time AND let the speaker know when to stop talking and relinquish their soapbox.
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The facilitator invites someone to start. For example, perhaps you offer a critique, or describe a future action, or share an idea about a policy direction the group ought to launch. THERE IS NO INTERRUPTION. This is not a discussion – - – yet. Then s/he invites some to do the same. (It’s okay to pass.) That person does the same until everyone has had a chance to share and then invite someone to share.
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After everyone has had a chance to share their (1) word or phrase, (2) feeling, and (3) their thoughts, the facilitator opens it up for discussion.
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Before adjourning the group picks a facilitator for the next meeting who will do the same process.


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