There is always tremendous potential for people to work together well. All we need is a process that is both participatory and effective.
I offer facilitation, training, and mediation services to non-profit groups, schools, small businesses, co-housing communities and local government agencies. I can help your group find the agreement you need to move forward.
Decision Making The CODM Model for Facilitating
This new book is a wonderfully clear guide to facilitating groups in a way that is both fully participatory and highly efficient. It was released by New Society Publishers in April, 2011. And it is available now through this website.
Facilitation and mediation are complex arts. There are always two very important goals: helping the participants reach as much agreement as possible, and helping the relationships stay healthy throughout the process.
Tim describes the CODM model in this video from the Internation Association of Facilitators:
Effective facilitation or mediation requires multiple tools and strong communication skills. The modalities I use include: Open Space Technology, Appreciative Inquiry, Dynamic Facilitation and Consensus-Oriented Decision Making. These approaches are described here.
Consensus Facilitation is local to Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Santa Cruz County. Local services are available to groups in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, Monterey, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Gilroy, San Jose, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Campbell, Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Morgan Hill, Sunnyvale, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Belmont, San Carlos, Burlingame, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, San Bruno, San Francisco, Daly City, Mill Valley, Larkspur, Kentfield, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Tiburon, Fairfax, Richmond, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, Alameda, Layette, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Danville, San Ramon, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Dublin, Pleasanton, Fremont, Newark, Milptias, Marina, Big Sur, Carmel, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo. Services outside of Northern California are also available by special arrangement.