Big thanks to the conversationalists who could join us on for our recent call to review the progress of the Golden Civilization Conversation movement! Here are some of the highlights:
Prior to hosting the initial GCC meeting, consider if you'd like to continue to host future on-going meetings or if you'd like the group to continue but with another facilitator. If it is the latter, then the following bridge was suggested:
Ask: "Can we see a show of hands of who would like to attend a second meeting?" (Usually, 3/4 of the room raises their hands.)
Ask: "Who would be willing to host the space for the next meeting?" (Usually, one person will raise their hand.)
Ask: "Who would be willing to facilitate the meeting?" (Usually, one person will raise their hand.)
Say: That's wonderful! Let's make sure we have the email addresses of those that would like to gather for a second meeting. We'll put <name of future host> and <name of future facilitator> in touch with Lora Woodward from the office and she'll provide you with additional resources and support.
As groups evolve they may develop a major focus project as well as additional projects that help address the challenges presented in the Obstacles.
The group's vision statement represents the core theme that the group is engaged in.
When navigating negative or hot-button topics, consider doing one of the following:
Put the word/phrase on the board as you have been doing with other suggestions (this avoids judgment and treating one suggestion differently from others).
Ask a clarifying question to get toward the quality: "What are the qualities that ______ would bring? or "What are the virtues of _____ that we can add?" or "In your vision of a Golden Civilization, what would it mean?"
Ask permission to reframe the suggestion or ask the attendee to reframe it.
Ask permission to place the suggestion under Obstacles or Actions, if more appropriate.
We hope to see many of you on our next check-in call!