Anger as Diagnosis

I was at a meeting once, and the facilitator was gathering shared values to act as guidelines for an upcoming project.  Someone tossed up a value that, “We work from a place of love.” Or something nice like that.  I was down with the concept. Then someone else piped up and said, “Umm, no, I … Continue reading

I Say These Things Alot

I’m excited to be a part of an on-line organizing guide coming out in July 2013. I am writing up a 1,000 word chapter about facilitating meetings – aka how humans can talk to other humans in person off-line.  The chapter is due soon so I thought I’d spend some time digging into the slightly … Continue reading

Facilitating Yourself

Today I had a hard time concentrating, for a variety of typical reasons. If I was facilitating a meeting and everyone was as restless and distracted as I was today, I would have called for a break and recommended a walk around the building, perhaps guided some basic stretches or a facilitated game where folks … Continue reading

Holding a Space for Grief

Many recent tragic events made me polish up these thoughts and press the publish button. There is a lovely and timely piece on grief here that you may find interesting. There are many grief counselors and facilitators with more skills and expertise than me to discuss how groups can hold and deal with the trauma … Continue reading

I Need To Make An Announcement!

You can’t have people in the same space for long without needing to make an announcement. But for serious y’all, announcements can be one of the most painful times in meetings. “Uhh, pretty sure there was another thing we needed to know, Jimmy, didn’t you have something to add about the registration table? Is Jimmy … Continue reading

Why Is It So Hard to Have Fun?

I think most people find it easier to work with people they have had some fun with – having fun together also helps us remember each other when we are networking in coalitions over long distances (Which Jessica just got on the conference call? Jessica who yodeled at Open Mic!) and it helps build trust … Continue reading

Sticky Mapping Our Work

The goal of this exercise is to quickly create a visual overview of the work your group is doing. This can be a great way to facilitate networking at the beginning of a coalition event, or it can be a nice way to get caught up on the work your organization is doing. By creating … Continue reading

The Debrief Game Show

“One of the most powerful things that can happen when people get together, is when we take a lot of time to create space for everyone to really authentically share all of our complex thoughts and strategies – HOWEVER – this is not one of those times.  Welcome to the Debrief Game Show – where … Continue reading

How Will You Escalate Your Campaign?

This one hour exercise was developed by Katey Lauer and Dana Kuhnline for the February 2013 Power Up! Divestment Conference. 5 min Why we are talking about this: Two central elements of a campaign are a target and an ask The target is the person you are pressuring and the ask is the thing you … Continue reading