This FREE training aims to empower people in the grassroots climate justice movement to facilitate meetings and organise well within their working groups, local groups and affinity groups.
Facilitation is key to making sure your action planning, organising and strategy meetings go smoothly and are as effective as possible. Consensus decision making is a creative and dynamic way of reaching agreement between all members of a group and making sure everyone’s voice is heard so that the group can move forward together.
While this training is angled at the direct action and climate justice space, these concepts can be used in many different groups and communities. If you want to skill up on facilitation and consensus this introductory training is for you!
**This is the first training of a series that will start next year, so we are using it as a trial to help us build the content for series! Please come along and help us develop this training for you and your communities!**
WHAT IS FACILITATION?
Meeting facilitation combines a series of roles and tasks, for example: keeping people on topic, listening carefully to what everyone is saying so no one’s points get lost, suggesting techniques for creative problem-solving, and supporting the group to address a conflict if it arises.
Sometimes facilitation is done by one primary person (the facilitator) who guides the discussion to help the group meet its goals. It’s also useful to think about shared facilitation, which involves everyone sharing the responsibility for ensuring a meeting is productive and participatory.
A facilitator needs to be aware of both the content of the meeting (what people are talking about) and the process (how the conversations are happening). This awareness helps a facilitator come up with effective ideas for how to help the discussion move forward.
WHAT IS CONSENSUS?
Consensus decision making process well can help a group share power, build community, and get things done by making and implementing decisions that everyone is deeply invested in. Consensus means working with each other rather than for or against one another. Using consensus gives us a taste of how things could be done differently. It’s based on the values of equality, freedom, co-operation and respect for everyone’s needs.
(Both definitions from Seeds For Change)
A SERIES OF WORKSHOPS IN 2020
We are a bunch of people with many different facilitation skills who want to offer free training to anybody wanting to make positive change in the world! We are working on a number of different training sessions next year to deepen the movement’s knowledge about all the amazing facilitation skills that can be used. If you want more information or to be involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A donation to pay the rent is welcome – we acknowledge that these workshops will be run on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people. Sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.