Little Book of Cool Tools for Hot Topics Group Tools to Facilitate Meetings When Things Are Hot

ISBN-10: 1561485438

ISBN-13: 9781561485437

Edition: 2006

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Description: Some subjects seem too hot for a group to discuss sanely. Not necessarily. The Little Book of "Cool Tools for Hot Topics"--Group Tools to Facilitate Meetings When Things Are Hot shows how to help people hear each other when they feel like shouting; how to focus on the issues at stake rather than having a war of personalities; how to employ actual practices for better understanding (interviews, small-group discussions, role-reversal presentations); and how to move a group toward making a decision that all can honestly support. Lead author Ron Kraybill is professor of Conflict Studies in the Conflict Transformation Program at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. During the years of the South African political transition, he trained local, regional, and national leadership in negotiation and mediation skills and served as a training advisor to the National Peace Accord. Cool Tools is rich in anecdotes and practical how-to for any group faced with tension-filled decision-making.

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Book details

List price: $4.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 90
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Who Counts? What Counts? The Tools Say It All
About this Book
Basic Tools
The Role of the Facilitator
Circle Process
Interweaving Small-Group and Large-Group Discussion
Process Committee
Tools for Getting Started
Opening Circle
Circle Check-In: Three Feeling Words
Circle Energizer: Sound and Movement
Setting Baggage Aside
Tools for Gathering Information and Options
Circle on Personal Perspectives
Circle on Positions and Needs
Interviews in the Presence of the Whole Group
Interviews with a Listening Chair
Role Reversal Presentations
Appreciative Inquiry
Sort Cards
Sort Cards: Whole-Group Variation
Brainstorming
Brainstorming Variations
Tools for Dialogue
Conflict Spectrum
Samoan Circle
Fishbowl
The Spiral
No Crosstalk Dialogue
Open Sentences Dialogue
Circle of Allies
World Cafe
Polarity Management
Study Circles
Tools for Closing
Circle Wrap-Up and Evaluation
Circle for Evaluation and Closing: Keep and Change
Circle for Ending: Seven Words or Less
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Endnotes
About the Authors
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