Resources for You

The web provides a vast array of information on facilitation and related topics. The following are some resources that we thought might interest you.  They include a site where we have published some weekly articles for educators, sites of specialized forms of meeting design, which are mentioned in the book, and a few other sites of interest. 

Pointing near flipchartEducation World has published a series of articles on the every day use of facilitation by educators, drawn from Great Meetings! Great Meetings and written by Dee Kelsey and Pam Plumb. Link: www.educationworld.com/a_admin/archives/greatmeetings.shtml

Open Space Technology was developed by Harrison Owen in 1984 in response to a desire to capture in a meeting format the level of interest and engagement that people exhibited when they talked informally about subjects that were important to them.  It is a system which allows people to select and work on what is important to them within the context of a subject area rather than imposing an agenda.  You can find out more at www.openspaceworld.org

Future Search Conference is a structured, participatory planning process designed to enable the participants to direct their own future based on an understanding of their past and present, a confirmation of common values and a commitment to action.  It relies on bringing together a broad cross section of "stakeholders" to explore common ground.  For more information check www.futuresearch.net

Appreciative Inquiry is based on the principle that a company, organization or community can unleash its creativity and energy for positive change by focusing on the positive and envisioning the common, desired future.  For more information check http://ai.cwru.edu

Charrettes are community planning processes that help large, diverse groups undertake an urban design project rapidly and collaboratively.  You can find more information at www.charretteinstitute.org