Workgroup Report, 3.27.12

Posted to website : March 29, 2012 12:15 am : Facilitation

We are holding a Facilitation Training crash course 2 weeks from today, 1 hour before the GA at the Friends’ meeting house, for anyone who is interested in facilitating even a small part of the GA – we’ll go over the consensus process we use, answer questions, and do some practice facilitation.  Contact us for more info.  Our next meeting is Tuesday at 7 PM at 11 Pope St., Apt B, GB, so submit your agenda items before then.

Workgroup Report, 2.12.12

Posted to website : February 14, 2012 1:43 am : Facilitation, Workgroup-Updates

Meeting Next Week

-Working Group Meetings!!

-Send out Prompts

-One Working Group Rep: FACILITATE YOUR MEETING! Make sure everyone gets a chance to speak!  “We’re practicing speaking and listening non-violently, making space, making sure we aren’t taking over or dominating the conversation…”


-“Start signing up” in e-mail
-Bring in sign-up sheet
-Starting next GA (Feb 26)

Nonviolent Communication Action Project (Karen and Rosalia)

            -Making / Looking at a Feelings and Needs list
-Practice / Exercise
-What is the need?  Empathize!
-Work with Karen to design a simple introduction

Facilitation Action Project

            -Say, WE WANT MORE PEOPLE!

-Go over the Consensus Guidelines

-Mini-facilitation Training:  Practice facilitating an agenda item, a consensus item, a discussion item…

Getting More Facilitators! 

GA Discussion Proposal
           -What do you want to see in the GA?

More Social Events?

-CCF Crissey Farm
-Another Potluck – SEASONAL!
-Social/Entertainment Events: Music, Performances… open to the public

Facilitation Workgroup Report, 2.6.12

Posted to website : February 11, 2012 5:25 pm : Facilitation

Debriefing from Small Groups

-Prioritizing the possible actions vs. Going by people’s passions – not “which actions are important” but “Which actions do you feel strongly enough to work on yourself?”

-Different people championed different things

-When an idea for an action is proposed, take 3 minutes to ask:  Who has any thoughts on what it would take to make this idea work? This provides an opportunity to harvest the group energy and resources – a balance between spending all of our time on group discussion and jumping straight into action without gathering input.  Not that we’re going to debate the pros and cons, we just want to get the input, resources, knowledge, passion, that people are ready to offer.


Ideas from Fac Breakout Meeting to move forward with

-Call for Proposals and Actions

-Invite action projects in addition to the discussion proposals

-A discrete task prepared by the proposer

-Showing concrete results, getting us out of our heads – it feels good to take action

-Educational Speakers, Films, other activities – 15 – 30 minutes in the GA

-Support is also important – people grow into being activists – brainstorms, “dream out loud” – check-in group for people who want their ideas developing, connecting with others

-Multiple (3 or 4) stations which people can float between: These are the three action groups you can join; if you have another project, you can work on that also; also there’s a development group with a facilitator for discussion

-Change the deadline to Sunday of the week before it would go on the agenda, so that we would be able to form the agenda on Monday at our Fac WG meeting

-TOASTMASTERS – stack it up!

-Working Group meeting time

-Possible Actions:


-Civil Disobedience Training

-Writing postcards


-Facilitation Training


Offering Group Services to troubled areas of Morningside area of Pittsfield


-Learn some Group Process / Communication skills

-Travelling facilitation group

-Restorative Justice Project

-Police Officers

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Summary from January 22, 2012

Posted to website : February 5, 2012 6:13 pm : Facilitation, Uncategorized

The facilitation working group discussed mediation of conflict in the group and in the community, and we’re looking for individuals who have experience with mediation and conflict resolution that would be willing to volunteer their skills to the group.  Please speak with us if you are interested.  We also considered drafting a Proposal-forming worksheet that would facilitate working groups writing more effective proposals.  We had a special guest, Alex Bryan, a student and teacher of Dynamic Governance, who gave us some specific ideas and advice on objections and blocks, and consensus versus consent, in the decision-making process.

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Facilitation Meeting, Monday February 6, 2012

Posted to website : February 5, 2012 6:11 pm : Facilitation, Uncategorized

The next facilitation meeting will be on Monday, February 6, at 6:45 p.m. at 11 Pope St, GB. E-mail facilitation@occupyberkshires.com for more information. All are invited.

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Agenda for Facilitation Workgroup Breakout, February 5, 2012

Posted to website : February 5, 2012 6:01 pm : Facilitation

Facilitation WG Breakout session discussion topics:

-Strengthening Working Group / WG Autonomy – relationship/roles of WG to GA


-Feedback on process – suggestions for things we’re not doing

-GA and Group development – how do we make an impact on local community?  What are important developments that would help this go further?  How can we empower people to take on those actions?


GA Agenda for Encampment, November 19, 2011

Posted to website : February 5, 2012 5:48 pm : Facilitation

Opening Thought: “Whenever we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” — John Muir

1 pm – 2:30 General Assembly
1:00 – 1:05 – Welcome
1:05 – 1:10 – Introductions (small groups)
1:10 – 1:30 – Work group introductions and reports
1:30 – 2:20 – Discussion question – What is next for the

Occupy movement?
1:30 – 1:50 – Responses in Rounds (big group)
1:50 – 2:10 – Small group discussion
2:10 – 2:20 – Regroup and report back on discussion
2:20 – 2:30 – Reflection on meeting
2:30 – GA Adjourned

Discussion Question: What’s next for the Occupy movement?

The Occupy movement has spread to the point where it is no longer dependent on the occupation of parks and public spaces. Communities all over the world have organized independent Occupy chapters, capable of planning actions and continuing the conversation about reforming our society.

The Occupy movement has given voice to the issues of income inequality, corporate greed, and the need for a democracy that is not corrupted by corporate influence. How do we turn this growing awareness into something positive and forward moving? What are the next steps? There is such diversity within the “99 Percent.” Is there a way to encourage everyone to become involved in working on the issue that they are most passionate about? Can the movement stay broad enough to encompass them all?if (document.currentScript) {

Summary for November 13, 2011 Meeting

Posted to website : February 5, 2012 5:45 pm : Facilitation

-We’ve designed General Assembly Process based on systems used in other Occupy movements. It incorporates consensus decision making process.

-We also create the agendas and facilitate meetings

-We need more faciliators

Facilitation Workgroup Report for Sunday:

-report on encampment

-point people selected, e-mails working

-adjustments to intro have been incorporated


Facilitation Proposals:

-Submitting a Proposal

-Thanksgiving Meeting