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The Workshop Book : From Individual Creativity to Group Action - R. Brian Stanfield

The Workshop Book

From Individual Creativity to Group Action

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Increasingly, people working in teams face complex issues that need resolving in an efficient, participatory manner that honors the group's diverse perspectives and individual creativity. "The Workshop Book "outlines the best practices of the workshop method, based on the Institute for Cultural Affair's Technology of Participation, (TM) and its use in consensus formation, planning, problem solving, and research. It also discusses workshop preparation and design, leadership styles, dealing with difficult behaviors, and special applications such as its use in large groups and for planning purposes.

R. Brian Stanfield is the Director of Publications at the Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs and author of the companion volume, "The Art of Focused Conversation," and "The Courage to Lead "(New Society Publishers).

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Forewordp. x
Introductionp. xii
The Consensus Workshop Method
Why Use the Consensus Workshop Method?p. 2
Those awful meetings
Innocent of process
Common uses of "workshop"
When the method works best
Some Backgroundp. 14
Development of the Method
The uniqueness of the method
The Impact of the method
The Consensus Workshop As Life Methodp. 21
ICA/ToP methods
Four phases
An example of the method in action
Five steps
Two Approaches to the Consensus Workshopp. 27
The cards approach
The flip chart approach
The Finer Points of the Consensus Workshop
The Context: Orienting the Groupp. 50
The Workshop Assumptions
Brainstorming: Harvesting the Group's Ideasp. 59
Brainstorming using a flip-chart
Possible pitfalls
The facilitator's disciplined clarification of data
Clustering Ideas: Order out of Chaosp. 71
The intent of clustering
Traps in clustering
The clustering principle
Naming: One Concept from Many Ideasp. 83
The procedures
Step 5: Symbolizing the Resolvep. 90
Optional follow-up steps after a consensus workshop
Workshop Leadership
Design and Preparation of a Consensus Workshopp. 98
Assessing the group's techniques and situation
Creating a focus question
Orchestrating the process
Personal prep
Rehearsing the facilitator's stance
The Style of the Workshop Facilitatorp. 108
The workshop facilitator's job
Launching a consensus workshop
Facilitator competencies
The fundamental requirement
The paradox of facilitators
Facilitation by the boss or the expert
Be the one you are
Challenges That Stretch the Facilitatorp. 119
Difficult people or difficult behaviors
Using the method to deal with the issues
Time, Space, Mood and Groupp. 129
Managing time effectively
Managing space
Managing the mood: creating eventfulness
Managing the group: using short courses
Consensus Workshop Applications
Using the Consensus Workshop Method with Various Group Sizesp. 142
Workshop for an individual
Workshop for a small group of two to four
Workshop for a group of five to 40
Workshop for a group of 40 to 100
Workshop for a group over 100
Using the Consensus Workshop Method in a Seriesp. 151
Model-building consensus workshop series
ToP Planning Series
Building Consensusp. 155
Examples of Focus Questionsp. 157
ICA: Its Mission and Locationsp. 159
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 163
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ISBN: 9780865714700
ISBN-10: 0865714703
Series: ICA series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st December 2002
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 18.3  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.37