General Assembly Facilitator and Process Training Agenda

 

Facilitator and Process Workshop
Agenda
February 25th, 2012
NorthStar Center, Lansing

Introduction to Workshop

–          Introduce Workshop Team

  • Co-Facilitator: Kent
  • Co-Facilitator: Kat
  • Stack:
  • Notes:

–          Introduce Attendees

  • Name and Occupation

Introduction to Process

–          Review Hand Signals
–          Consensus on Process

Agenda (5 min.)

–          Review Workshop Purpose

  • This is a Workshop focused on Process and Facilitator training, as well as an opportunity to share past experiences in regards to process and facilitation.

–          Brief Agenda Review
–          Agenda Plug-Ins

  • Questions – Discussion at End
  • Comments/Stack – Discussion at End

–          Vibes Check on Agenda

Introduction to General Assemblies

–          Introduce Workshop Style

  • General Assembly Style
  • What is a General Assembly?
  • Brief History of GAs and Occupy
  • How is a General Assembly formed?
  • What is the purpose of a General Assembly?

The Importance of Process

–          What is Direct Democracy?
–          What is Consensus?

  • Does this need consensus? (Chart)

–          Why do we use process?
–          Does the process always have to be the same?
–          The importance of Consensus on Process

The Roles

–          Facilitator
–          Co-Facilitator/Shield
–          Notes
–          Stack
–          Vibes Checker
–          Greeter
–          Observer

  • Checklist

Using General Assemblies and Process

–          General Assemblies as used…

  • Camp
  • No Camp

–          Hand Signals

  • I have something to say! (Chart)

–          Facilitation

Beyond the General Assembly

–          Committee vs. Working Group (Chart)

  • Point People vs. Committee Heads
  • Leaders vs. Rulers

–          Action Groups
–          The Importance of Autonomous Action
–          What’s in a name?
–          Movement vs. Organization/Corporation 

Q&A/Discussion

–          Questions that weren’t covered
–          Open Discussion

Close Workshop

–          Feedback, Other Questions/Comments

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Inter-Occupational Summit Agenda Template

Given Consensus by the Summit Assembly on December 15th, 2011.

Inter-Occupational Summit
Agenda Template

Introduction to Summit

–          Read Occupy Wall Street Call to Action (Until we write our own)

–          Introduce Facilitation Team

  • Facilitator
  • Notes
  • Stack
  • Timekeeper
  • Vibes Checker

–          Introduce Attendees

  • Name and Occupation

Introduction to Process

–          Review Hand Signals

Agenda (5 min.)

–          Review Summit Purpose

  • The summit is a gathering of individuals from all of the various occupations in hopes of opening the lines of communication between those occupations and helping to establish goals and inter-occupational actions.

–          Brief Agenda Review
–          Agenda Plug-Ins

  • Proposals
  • Announcements

–          Vibes Check on Agenda

Occupation Report Backs (5-7 min. each)

–          Occupy Ann Arbor
–          Occupy Detroit
–          Occupy Flint
–          Occupy For All
–          Occupy Kalamazoo
–          Occupy Lansing
–          Occupy Tri-City (Saginaw, Midland, Bay City)
–          Occupations Not Listed

Inter Occupational Action Discussion (10 min.)

–          Fill in with Proposed Inter-Occupational Actions

Summit Planning

–          Next Summit: Fill in Summit Information as determined by previous Summit
–          Following Summit: ???

  • Pick a date and location (alternating between Saturday/Thursday)
  • Make sure the chosen location is represented at this Summit.

Announcements (2 min. each)

–          Occupation Actions/Events
–          Autonomous Actions/Events
–          Fill in with Other Announcements

Proposals (5 min. each)

–          Fill in with Non-Action Related Proposals

Close Summit

–          Rally Cry, Song, Etc.

Soap Box

–          Unmoderated Open Forum

Occupy4All Action Assembly – Thursday, December 1st @ 8pm, Corner Brewery!

Occupy4All Action Assembly

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

8:00PM

Corner Brewery
720 Norris St.
Ypsilanti, MI. 48198

Our fourth consecutive Action Assembly takes us to the wonderland known as Ypsilanti! Join us as we discuss such important topics as: Black Friday Feedback, Tribal Summit in Lansing and many many more! We’ve been having all sorts of fun so far and would love for all to participate in this amazing event!

Occupy for All, December 1 Meeting Agenda

Introduction to Meeting:

  • Call to Action
  • Introduce Facilitation Team
  • Intros of Attendees

Intro to Process

  • Go over hand signals
  • Review Agenda

Process discussion

  • Review New Agenda Template

Group Memory

  • Review the last Action Assembly

Report-Backs

  • Black Friday Action
  • Somebody Arted
  • Lansing Trip
  • O4A Facilitation Workshop
  • U of M’s 1st GA
  • OAA Facilitation
  • Additional Report-Backs

Special Topics (things requiring discussing, consensus, etc.)

  • Inter-Occupation Outreach
    • Upcoming Summit hosted in Lansing
    • Pre-summit trip to Lansing if they are in need
    • Additional IO topics
  • TV appearance/outreach approach
  • Tom’s TV project/Indie Media
  • Winnebago
  • Occupy Ypsi &/or Occupy EMU
  • Additional topics

Announcements – (future activities/actions/stuff/new working groups/autonomous actions)

  • Sunday School of Organizing
  • Occupy UM Direct Action planning meeting, 2pm Sat Ambrosia
  • Screenings of Democracy Now
  • New Language Dictionary + Upcoming Language and perception teach in
  • Alternative Personal Care workshop
  • Additional Announcements

Next Steps

Closing

TONIGHT! Action Assembly & Facilitation Training

Occupy4All  Facilitation Training & Action Assembly

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Training @ 6:30
Assembly @ 8:00 pm

Cafe Ambrosia
326 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI. 48104

Occupy for All, November 21 Meeting Agenda

Introductions

  • Call to Action
  • Attendees
  • Introduce Facilitation Team
  • Who We Are
    • Hand out “Occupy4All One Page”
  • Introduce Process
    • General Intro (Hand Signals)
    • Discussion: Autonomy, “Does this need consensus?”
      • Introduce topic
      • Open up for discussion

Report-backs

  • Tribal Summit: Flint
  • OAA Direct Action Working Group
    • Black Friday Action Planning
  • OAA General Assembly
  • Intro to Direct Democracy and Facilitation Training
  • We have a map! We want to make a web version of this map. We will talk below about our media/tech needs.
  • Other report-backs

Media and Tech

  • Why We Occupy
  • Calendar
  • Event Reports: People may submit event reports to occupyforall@gmail.com to be included in the blog
  • We are working on assembling a media group. We are taking on the responsibility of posting inter-occupation information. We need a number of people to work collaboratively on a number of tasks:
    • Content Production: Photos, video, text
    • Occupy MI Map
    • Web development
    • Graphic design
    • Info gatherers for calendar

Inter-Occupation Outreach

  • Detroit field trip this Saturday
    • Find supplies list
    • Arrange rideshares
  • Other possible field trips
    • Western Michigan (Grand Rapids, K-Zoo)
    • Alpena
      • Alpena needs help organizing for their first GA
  • Tribal Summit (December 3, Occupy Lansing)
    • Planning
    • Supplies
    • Rideshares
    • Overnight stays

Next Action Assembly

  • Time
  • Location

Principles of Solidarity

  • Hand Out Revised Sheet
  • Read Aloud
  • Temperature Check

Announcements

  • Get on stack for your announcement

Close Meeting

Occupy for All Nov 17 Agenda

Agenda, Occupy for All, November 17 Meeting

Introductions

  • Introduce Facilitation Team (Kent, Kat, Nathanael, etc.)
  • Attendees
    • Name, Occupation, Working Group
  • Who We Are
    • Hand out “Occupy4All One Page”
  • Introduce Process
    • General Intro
    • Working Group vs. Committee Handout

Report-backs

  • Lansing Trip (Funeral for Democracy)
  • OAA Direct Action Working Group
    • Black Friday Action Planning
  • Today’s Diag Action

Website Development

  • Why We Occupy
  • Calendar

Inter-Occupation Outreach

Plan for Tribal Summit

  • Arrange Rideshares: There are a number of events tomorrow
    • There is a 2pm Direct Action. Occupy Flint will be protesting (there will be drumming and music) at the Bank of America at the corner Saginaw st. and First St. in downtown Flint MI. After the demonstration, Occupy Flint will host a dinner at the camp (MLK and 2nd Ave)
    • The meeting is ruffly scheduled to start at 7 though the exact time does depend on how the day plays out.
  • Gather Supplies
  • Confirm Location (MLK & Second, Flint, MI)
  • Discuss O4A Participation

Principles of Solidarity

  • Hand Out Sheet
  • Read Aloud
  • Temperature Check

Announcements

  • Thanksgiving Week Action Assembly (Monday?)
    • Intro to Direct Democracy Facilitation Training, 90 minutes before next Assembly
  • Donations
    • While not expected, they are a HUGE help.
    • Printing fliers, button making, etc.
  • Other Announcements

Concluding Actionable Steps

  • Scheduling
    • Next Action Meeting
  • Additional tasks

Close Meeting

Additional Information

Possible Needs (this list is not intended to be exhaustive)

  • Point of Contact – Occupy ???
    • Acting as the Contact for Occupy for All within the various occupations
  • Transportation
    • Creating Rideshares
    • Delivering Goods
  • Facilitation
    • Organizing/Facilitating Action Meetings
  • Hunter/Gatherer
    • Gathering Supplies and Finding Opportunities for Direct Action
  • Calendar
    • Assist in scheduling next Action Assembly
    • Updating our Calendar
    • Find out Occupation Events
  • Tech and graphics design talent
  • Contact Sheet
    • Name, Phone, E-mail, Home Occupation

Web Presence

November 10th Action Meeting Agenda

Agenda, Occupy for All, November 10 Meeting

Call to Action

United we stand, divided we fall.

Never before have these words been more important or relevant. We stand at the edge of a revolution, where our actions matter more than ever, and our solidarity with one another is the only thing that will help us see it through. If we become divided, then everything for which we have fought and struggled is lost. We call ourselves the 99% because, together, that’s exactly what we are. This is not a movement of individuals acting alone. This is not a movement for selfish agendas. This is an opportunity for us to speak with one voice, united, standing strong in the face of those who would try to silence us. Occupy for All seeks to empower all to use their voice, especially those who do not feel they have one. We seek to unite the various occupations and show that, even though we may be divided by local, state, and national borders, we are still together. Our goal is to open the lines of communication between the various occupations and to make sure that the things that are needed get to the people that need them most. We are not just here for ourselves, but for all who would stand under the banner of “Occupy”. We call on all in Michigan, the United States, and around the world to initiate autonomous action, and to become involved in inter-occupation activities. Solidarity!

We are the 99%. All For One, Occupy For All.

Introductions

  • Facilitation Team (Kent, Kat, Nathanael, etc.)
  • Attendees
    • Name, Occupation, Working Group

Philosophical Discussion

  • We are an inter-occupation action group.
  • We hold action meetings.
    • What is an Action Meeting?
    • An Action Meeting is where different opportunities for action are brought to the table and plans are made for how we can take participate in those actions, as a group or as individuals.
  • Scheduling Action
    • It is our goal to be able to keep a calendar of Direct Action opportunities and meetings for all the Occupations we are currently in contact with. It is our hope that we can facilitate better scheduling of activities, so we can give those events the numbers they require.
    • We aim to assist in areas where there are needs.
      • Discussed more in Occupation Outreach.

Occupation Outreach

  • Finding out the needs of each Occupation.
    • Camp Need Lists
    • Event Need Lists
  • Promoting Occupation Events
    • Boost Attendance
    • Create a Presence
  • Going to another Occupation weekly as a small group
    • Create a cycle, where we can deliver goods from one camp to the next.
  • Gathering of the Tribes: this week at Occupy Flint

Opportunities Within Occupy For All

  • Point of Contact – Occupy ???
    • Acting as the Contact for Occupy for All within the various occupations
  • Transportation
    • Creating Rideshares
    • Delivering Goods
  • Facilitation
    • Organizing/Facilitating Action Meetings
  • Hunter/Gatherer
    • Gathering Supplies
    • Finding Opportunities for Direct Action
  • Scheduling
    • Schedule next Action Assembly
    • Keeping track of Calendar
    • Find out Occupation Events
  • Contact Sheet
    • Name, Phone, E-mail, Home Occupation

Web Presence

Announcements

  • Friday, November 11th
    • Mic Check: Open Mic, Poetry Slam & Veteran’s Day Celebration (Occupy Flint) – 2-5pm @ Corner of 1st and Saginaw
    • Outreach Meeting (Occupy Detroit) – 5:30-8pm @ LAX 2nd Floor
    • Facilitation: Intro to Direct Democratic Process (Occupy Detroit) – 6pm @ Grand Circus Park
    • Cultural Night (Occupy Ann Arbor) – 8pm @ Liberty Plaza
  • Saturday, November 12th
    • Second Visit to the Bank(s) (Occupy Ann Arbor) – 10:30am @ Liberty Plaza
    • General Assembly (Occupy Detroit) – 12pm @ Grand Circus Park
      • Check website, location may change.
    • Survival Workshop (Occupy Ann Arbor) – 3pm @ Liberty Plaza
    • Media Team Meeting (Occupy Detroit) – 6pm @ LAX
    • PeaceNick Fundraiser for Occupy D (Occupy Detroit) – 8pm @ Phoenix Cafe
  • Sunday, November 13th
    • Comfort Meeting (Occupy Detroit) – 8am
    • General Assembly (Occupy Ann Arbor) – 1pm @ League -Vandenberg Room
      • Michigan League, 911 N. University
    • Media Team Meeting (Occupy Detroit) – 6pm @ LAX
  • Monday, November 14th
    • Quaker House Workshop (Occupy Kalamazoo) – 7-11am @
    • Facilitation: Intro to Direct Democratic Process (Occupy Detroit) – 6pm @ Grand Circus Park
    • Facilitation Meeting (Occupy Detroit) – 7:30pm @ LAX
  • Tuesday, November 15th
    • A Social Forum on Rebuilding Working People’s Power (Occupy Ann Arbor) – 7pm @ Michigan League
  • Wednesday, November 16th
    • Non-Violence/Civil Disobedience (Occupy Ann Arbor) 6pm @ Liberty Plaza

Actionable Steps

  • Website
    • Post Call to Action
    • Links to Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter
    • Posting Events/Calendar
  • Scheduling
    • Next Action Meeting
    • Trip to Occupy Detroit
    • Trip to Occupy Lansing
    • Return trip to Occupy Flint