Models of Decision Making

Our topic for the July 2012 Detroit Facilitation Guild meeting was Models of Decison Making. Click here to see the meeting minutes. To see the meeting minutes click here.

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New resources: “Tearless” Logic Model, UGLI Fruit Case…

From the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice: A great community-friendly step-by-step facilitator’s guide to running a logic model process – without all the jargon.

UGLI Orange Case  – used in many law courses, this exercise helps participants learn how to negotiate better by identifying shared interests from stakeholders with conflicting values.


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June 18, 2012 Staff Meetings

Detroit Facilitation Guild Meeting Agenda_June 2012_Staff Meetings

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Understanding and Facilitating Conference Calls


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May 15, 2012

Detroit Facilitation Guild

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

6:00 pm

Hosted by Jess Daniel and Sandra Yu

Understanding and Facilitating Conference Calls

Facilitator: Jacob Stevens Corvidae

Present: Sarah Szurpicki, Jess Daniel, Sandra Yu, Amit Weitzer, Jennifer Young (note taker)

Guest: Kat Hartman

  1. I.                   Participation in Detroit Facilitation Guild Meetings
    1. A correction to the April 25th meeting minutes: It was noted that invitations to non-DFG members to attend DFG meetings can be made and vetted on a case-by-case basis.


  1. II.                 Review and discussion of “Understanding and Facilitating Conference Calls”
    1. (See attached handout)
    2. Sandra suggested that it would be useful to receive input on free conference call lines.


  1. III.              “Checking-out”
    1. Meeting participants shared what they were “taking away” from the meeting (e.g. what suggestions and/or tools that came out of the discussion they found useful).

Next Meeting:

Date: Monday, June 18

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Host: Amit Weitzer

Facilitator: Amit Weitzer

Topic: Staff Meetings

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April 25, 2012

Detroit Facilitation Guild_April 25 2012_A Few Tools for Facilitating Challenging Topics_Meeting Minutes

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Appreciative Inquiry


Appreciative Inquiry – “a new yoga of inquiry”


–          Act of recognizing the best in the people or world around us

–          Affirming past and present strengths, successes, potentials

–          Perceive those things that give health, vitality, excellence to living systems


–          Act of exploration and discovery

–          Ask questions, be open to seeing new potentials and possibilities


Key assumption: “Human systems grow in the direction of what they persistently ask questions about…

Therefore: Topic choice matters. AI focuses on Affirmative Topic Choice, because the seeds of change… are implicit in the very first questions we ask. The questions we ask set the stage for what we ‘find,’ and what we ‘discover’ becomes the stories out of which the future is conceived and constructed. Our topics, like windsocks, continue to blow steadily onward in the direction of our conventional gaze.


Example: How would you take an appreciative inquiry approach to sexual harassment in the workplace?

Can you imagine the difference in impact of…

–          A list of “Don’ts” describing examples of sexual harassment

–          Sharing stories about what it means to create and sustain high quality cross-gender relationships in the workplace


“What we have found is that the more positive the question we ask in our work the more long lasting and successful the change effort.”



A Positive Revolution in Change: Appreciative Inquiry (Draft)

David L. Cooperrider and Diana Whitney


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