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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General Assembly Facilitator and Process Training

General Assembly Facilitator and Process Training

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

2-4PM

NorthStar Center
106 Lathrop St.
Lansing, MI. 48912

The NorthStar Center is hosting Occupy For All from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to present General Assembly (GA) Facilitator and Process Training as it relates to the Occupy Movement. Learn what are effective means of direct democracy decision making, the role of the facilitator within the group and how a GA can be used as a tool to reach inclusive, consensus goals.

Whether you a part of a local Occupy group or involved with another social justice group, this presentation has value. It is based on the participation and observations of the Occupy For All team, who have attended numerous direct democracy consensus based Occupations throughout Michigan. Many suggestions will be offered, including minimizing divisiveness within the group. Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to have any particular questions, comments, or situations addressed at this event, feel free to send them to us in advance at OccupyForAll@gmail.com! Though we will still take questions at the event itself, it would help us be better prepared for some of those issues when we commence the training! We are very excited about this opportunity and look forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!

The 8th Michigan Inter-Occupational Summit!

The Rally to End Corporate Personhood
&
The 8th Inter-Occupational Summit Assembly

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

3pm-6pm: Rally on the Capitol Steps

Michigan State Capitol
Lansing Michigan

7pm-10:30pm: Inter-Occupational Summit Assembly

2500 South Washington Street
Lansing, Michigan

The Eighth Michigan Inter-Occupational Summit In Lansing is Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm. Join other Occupiers from around Michigan.

Also, look at the Rally To End Corporate Personhood https://www.facebook.com/events/212938598802404/

The summit is being held at 2500 South Washington Street in Lansing

Michigan Inter-Occupational Summit

Statement of Purpose

– What is the purpose of a summit?
o To create a sense of community for Occupy across the region.
o To increase inter-occupational communication.
o A chance for a larger group to be more participatory in Occupy statewide.
o A way of mobilizing more people within the movement.
o A way for occupations to share information and experience for the purposes of collaboration as well as autonomous action.
o An opportunity to use observations of the hosting occupation to strengthen their home occupation.

Guidelines

– It is suggested that the Hosting Occupation arrange an event or action during the day prior to the Summit Assembly; this allows the Hosting Occupation to take advantage of the increased numbers that the Summit brings. Examples include:
o Canvassing
o Teach-ins
o Protests
o Potlucks
– The Hosting Occupation is:
o Not required to have a camp.
o By volunteer only.
o Not required to provide food.
o Asked to facilitate the Summit Assembly, but may request assistance from outside of their Occupation, if so desired.
– The Summit Assembly is an Inter-Occupational gathering at 7pm.
o All represented Occupations will have the opportunity to give a report-back from their Occupation.
o This is independent from the Hosting Occupation’s usual General Assembly.
– There will be a Summit scheduled approximately every two weeks.
o Decided by consensus at the 2nd Inter-Occupational Summit at Occupy Flint on November 18th, 2011.
o The Summits will alternate between weekdays and weekends.
– The location of the Summit will be hosted by a different Occupation each time, as:
o an attempt to show solidarity throughout all of Michigan.
o a chance to be exposed to locations outside of Home Occupations.
– Summit locations and dates will always be planned two meetings in advance. This will:
o give notice to all Occupiers wishing to attend and need to make arrangements.
o give the Hosting Occupation notice to make arrangements for the Summit.

This is about the coming together of the Occupants from the different cities around Michigan so that we can Occupy Michigan. The point is to for us to join forces and interconnect. This is happening at meetings that are being dubbed Inter-Occupational Summits. Imagine large gatherings made up of those from all the Occupations in the region, imagine occupying Michigan, imagine coming together as a family. It starts locally then goes from there. There’s no reason that each state can’t get all the Occupations together to Occupy that state every so often. With total state wide solidarity we can go even bigger and convene on a national or international level. Each time the Inter-Occupational meeting will be held at a different camp or location.

Remember our strength is in awareness (understanding), empathy, perseverance and the unity of the masses. We must awaken the sleeping who are ultimately strewn all through out the system and just are not yet aware of the fact that they are also (as much as anyone else) a part of the 99%. We must come together as a family, not just as another cold political organization. We must keep the warmth, the purity, the humility, the leaderlessness, the openness of heart and mind, as well as the resolve and a relentless will. Come together, we must be the change we wanna see in the world cuz guess what, the gov, the media, the universities, the institutions, the police, the military, the “authorities”, the corporations, or anything else we are used to trusting or relying upon are not gonna do it for us, it is solely up to us. It is solely up to us to create a new world.

The 7th Michigan Inter-Occupational Summit!

The 7th Inter-Occupational Summit Assembly

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

2pm-4pm: Meet and Greet, Possibly with Guest Speakers
4-5pm: March against War with Iran, Rosa Parks Vigil
5-6:30pm: Bring a dish to pass dinner, Music provided by Lee and Bob Buck

Urban Blends Coffeehouse
714 N. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI. 49007

7pm-10pm: Inter-Occupational Summit Assembly

2929 Business One Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI. 49048

This 7th Inter-Occupational Summit Assembly will be held at 7pm with several actions earlier in the day, including a march to protest a War with Iran and a Rosa Parks Vigil. There will be guest speakers, live music, and a potluck dinner! Then we will move over to 2929 Business One Dr. for the Summit Assembly! It will be a day long event not to be missed!

Michigan Inter-Occupational Summit

Statement of Purpose

– What is the purpose of a summit?
o To create a sense of community for Occupy across the region.
o To increase inter-occupational communication.
o A chance for a larger group to be more participatory in Occupy statewide.
o A way of mobilizing more people within the movement.
o A way for occupations to share information and experience for the purposes of collaboration as well as autonomous action.
o An opportunity to use observations of the hosting occupation to strengthen their home occupation.

Guidelines

– It is suggested that the Hosting Occupation arrange an event or action during the day prior to the Summit Assembly; this allows the Hosting Occupation to take advantage of the increased numbers that the Summit brings. Examples include:
o Canvassing
o Teach-ins
o Protests
o Potlucks
– The Hosting Occupation is:
o Not required to have a camp.
o By volunteer only.
o Not required to provide food.
o Asked to facilitate the Summit Assembly, but may request assistance from outside of their Occupation, if so desired.
– The Summit Assembly is an Inter-Occupational gathering at 7pm.
o All represented Occupations will have the opportunity to give a report-back from their Occupation.
o This is independent from the Hosting Occupation’s usual General Assembly.
– There will be a Summit scheduled approximately every two weeks.
o Decided by consensus at the 2nd Inter-Occupational Summit at Occupy Flint on November 18th, 2011.
o The Summits will alternate between weekdays and weekends.
– The location of the Summit will be hosted by a different Occupation each time, as:
o an attempt to show solidarity throughout all of Michigan.
o a chance to be exposed to locations outside of Home Occupations.
– Summit locations and dates will always be planned two meetings in advance. This will:
o give notice to all Occupiers wishing to attend and need to make arrangements.
o give the Hosting Occupation notice to make arrangements for the Summit.

This is about the coming together of the Occupants from the different cities around Michigan so that we can Occupy Michigan. The point is to for us to join forces and interconnect. This is happening at meetings that are being dubbed Inter-Occupational Summits. Imagine large gatherings made up of those from all the Occupations in the region, imagine occupying Michigan, imagine coming together as a family. It starts locally then goes from there. There’s no reason that each state can’t get all the Occupations together to Occupy that state every so often. With total state wide solidarity we can go even bigger and convene on a national or international level. Each time the Inter-Occupational meeting will be held at a different camp or location.

Remember our strength is in awareness (understanding), empathy, perseverance and the unity of the masses. We must awaken the sleeping who are ultimately strewn all through out the system and just are not yet aware of the fact that they are also (as much as anyone else) a part of the 99%. We must come together as a family, not just as another cold political organization. We must keep the warmth, the purity, the humility, the leaderlessness, the openness of heart and mind, as well as the resolve and a relentless will. Come together, we must be the change we wanna see in the world cuz guess what, the gov, the media, the universities, the institutions, the police, the military, the “authorities”, the corporations, or anything else we are used to trusting or relying upon are not gonna do it for us, it is solely up to us. It is solely up to us to create a new world.

O4A Saturday Discussion Group, Ypsi GA

NOTICE: Our dear facilitator just came down with a little bit of the flu and is regrettably cancelling the discussion tomorrow. Stay tuned for future discussions! And don’t forget to check out the Occupy Ypsi GA.
Discussion Group
Cafe Ollie
42 E. Cross St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
1pm, Saturday, January 28

http://www.facebook.com/events/258975334171657/

After an engaging discussion on Monday evening, O4A will be hosting an informal discussion in Ypsi this Saturday. Join us at Cafe Olle at 1pm and we’ll discuss the strategies for moving forward with occupy and how we can take inspiration from the occupy movement to prefigure alternatives to the prevailing socio-political order.

Occupy Ypsi GA

Parkridge Community Center
591 Armstrong Drive, Ypsi
3pm Saturday, January 28

After the discussion, we’ll be heading over to the 3pm Occupy Ypsi GA. For more info on Occupy Ypsi and the Parkridge Community Center.

Check out http://occupyypsi.tumblr.com/ and http://parkridgecommunitycenter.com

Occupy4All Action Assembly – Monday, January 23rd @ Amer’s Delicatessen!

Occupy4All Action Assembly

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

7pm until 10pm

Amer’s Delicatessen
312 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Occupy For All finally reconvenes after a long and busy holiday season! Let’s circle the wagons and prepare for a fresh start in 2012! We will discuss the recent Inter-Occupational Summits, the MLK Day March, the State of the State, and much much more! Also, we will be putting a heavy focus on the future of O4A and where we go from here!

It is an event not to be missed!

http://www.facebook.com/events/118671838254209/

The 6th Inter-Occupational Summit @ Occupy Flint! (January 19th, 2012)

The 6th Inter-Occupational Meeting and Protest

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

12pm: Flyer Canvassing Action
7pm: Summit Assembly

Occupy Flint Camp
Corner of 2nd Avenue and Martin Luther King
Flint, MI.

This 6th Inter-Occupational Summit Assembly will be held at 7pm with a canvassing action taking place at noon. All events will take place at the Occupy Flint camp on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Martin Luther King in Flint. Even if you arrive after 12pm, you can still participate in the action as there will be someone at the camp with flyers and instructions. The camp will also be having before the Summit Assembly, so please bring something to share if you are able!

Michigan Inter-Occupational Summit

Statement of Purpose

– What is the purpose of a summit?
o To create a sense of community for Occupy across the region.
o To increase inter-occupational communication.
o A chance for a larger group to be more participatory in Occupy statewide.
o A way of mobilizing more people within the movement.
o A way for occupations to share information and experience for the purposes of collaboration as well as autonomous action.
o An opportunity to use observations of the hosting occupation to strengthen their home occupation.

Guidelines

– It is suggested that the Hosting Occupation arrange an event or action during the day prior to the Summit Assembly; this allows the Hosting Occupation to take advantage of the increased numbers that the Summit brings. Examples include:
o Canvassing
o Teach-ins
o Protests
o Potlucks
– The Hosting Occupation is:
o Not required to have a camp.
o By volunteer only.
o Not required to provide food.
o Asked to facilitate the Summit Assembly, but may request assistance from outside of their Occupation, if so desired.
– The Summit Assembly is an Inter-Occupational gathering at 7pm.
o All represented Occupations will have the opportunity to give a report-back from their Occupation.
o This is independent from the Hosting Occupation’s usual General Assembly.
– There will be a Summit scheduled approximately every two weeks.
o Decided by consensus at the 2nd Inter-Occupational Summit at Occupy Flint on November 18th, 2011.
o The Summits will alternate between weekdays and weekends.
– The location of the Summit will be hosted by a different Occupation each time, as:
o an attempt to show solidarity throughout all of Michigan.
o a chance to be exposed to locations outside of Home Occupations.
– Summit locations and dates will always be planned two meetings in advance. This will:
o give notice to all Occupiers wishing to attend and need to make arrangements.
o give the Hosting Occupation notice to make arrangements for the Summit.

This is about the coming together of the Occupants from the different cities around Michigan so that we can Occupy Michigan. The point is to for us to join forces and interconnect. This is happening at meetings that are being dubbed Inter-Occupational Summits. Imagine large gatherings made up of those from all the Occupations in the region, imagine occupying Michigan, imagine coming together as a family. It starts locally then goes from there. There’s no reason that each state can’t get all the Occupations together to Occupy that state every so often. With total state wide solidarity we can go even bigger and convene on a national or international level. Each time the Inter-Occupational meeting will be held at a different camp or location.

Remember our strength is in awareness (understanding), empathy, perseverance and the unity of the masses. We must awaken the sleeping who are ultimately strewn all through out the system and just are not yet aware of the fact that they are also (as much as anyone else) a part of the 99%. We must come together as a family, not just as another cold political organization. We must keep the warmth, the purity, the humility, the leaderlessness, the openness of heart and mind, as well as the resolve and a relentless will. Come together, we must be the change we wanna see in the world cuz guess what, the gov, the media, the universities, the institutions, the police, the military, the “authorities”, the corporations, or anything else we are used to trusting or relying upon are not gonna do it for us, it is solely up to us. It is solely up to us to create a new world.

http://www.facebook.com/events/271716426224421/