A Manual for Group Facilitators &
Building United Judgment
by The Center for Conflict Resolution
Republished by The Foundation for Intentional Community
These two books are natural companions as a crash course on group dynamics, facilitation, and consensus decision making. Learn from experts who know it academically, personally, and professionally. FIC recommends these as the key training materials for group facilitation, building group consensus, and working together effectively. They have been the basis for college courses and group training classes.
Inspiring much of the literature on facilitation in print today, A Manual for Group Facilitators offers its readers a “blueprint for how to engage the whole person and the whole group.” Taking root in the Quakers’ society and Native American cultures, facilitation aims to optimize group participation all the while promoting values of honesty, responsibility and cooperation.
Both the advice and exercises in this book address a wide variety of group situations. You’ll find yourself reaching for this manual when conflicts arise and in situations of crisis intervention or just to get a meeting started on the right foot. This manual is a valuable resource not only for aspiring and experience facilitators, but also for all who want to gain insight into and to improve group dynamics.
Building United Judgment describes the techniques and skills which groups can apply to make the principles of consensus work effectively. It is an excellent explanation of what it means to make the switch from voting to consensus, and how to unlock the potential of groups working with the whole person.
This book discusseswho consensus is for, how to structure a meeting, facilitation, communication skills and techniques, “blocking”, and common problems. It includes in-depth situational examples to illustrate every step of the process. Truly geared toward real-life applications, this manual gives insight on group dynamics and provides plausible scenarios and exercises.