These are links to some of our additional resources and our favorite websites - places that we find most useful for the type of work we do.
Good Group Tips and Audio/Video Links of Craig Freshley
Good Group Tips, over 150 quick one-pagers that address a variety of topics from Conflict Prevention to Group Technique to Efficiency and Communication.
Radio Interview with Coach Ron Tunick, The Business of Life on KKZZ, AM1400, Ventura, California, 19 minutes.
Radio Interview with Ron Beard, Talk of the Towns on WERU, FM89.9, Blue Hill, Maine, 57 minutes.
Video of Craig Freshley explaining his book The Wisdom of Group Decisions, 2 minutes.
A great resource for "just in time" tools to help meeting facilitators. Several great articles and a free subscription to a useful e-zine for facilitators. Highly recommended.
Leadership Strategies - Articles on Facilitation
Leadership strategies provides a very useful website and several articles. Highly recommended.
Free articles and helpful advice on how to successfully use technology (such as virtual meetings) in group decision making.
International Association of Facilitators
Leading trade association for professional facilitators. Good Group Decisions is a member.
Group Facilitation Forum
This website is the homepage for a 900-member moderated discussion among meeting facilitation professionals. There are many useful "resource files" and archives.
The Art of Great Meetings
An excellent 4-page overview from University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Provided in Portable Document Format (pdf).
Resource List for Practitioners
This is an 11-page list of links for meeting facilitators - assembled by the folks at Community at Work.
Consensus Decision Making
Tree Bressen's Handouts and Articles
This is a terrific compilation of one-page handouts and useful articles written by Tree Bressen. Highly recommended.
Basics of Consensus by Rob Sandelin
A straight-forward, descriptive article by cohousing leader Rob Sandelin defining consensus and ingredients for successful process.
Consensus Decision Making by Laird Schaub
Eight pages of basics by Laird Schaub, consensus expert. Provided in Portable Document Format (pdf).
An online learning center about making decisions by consensus, curated by Tim Hartnett. Lists articles, videos, websites, and books, along with a directory of facilitators and workshops.
Tools for Group Decision Making, Team Building, and Communications
This is a good resource for all aspects of planning and running meetings. It is geared toward a business environment. Contains several good articles. Well organized.
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
This very large website provides extraordinary networking opportunities for those who want to explore the wide world of meeting and facilitation techniques.
This website describes a particular way of gathering and prioritizing input from a few people or from many, many people. A free handbook is available for download. Innovative and practical.
Several free, downloadable resources such as workbooks, books, essays and exercises, including The Seven Challenges: A Workbook and Reader about Communicating More Cooperatively by Dennis Rivers.
Center for Nonviolent Communication
Explanations and resources related to Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication.
Search for Group Decision Tools by Criteria
Many group exersises and activities described here. Click on one of the category boxes, then "go.”
Free Team Building Games
This BusinessBalls website is a long list of team building games, each with descriptions and instructions. Could be better organized but there is a lot of rich content here.
Free Management Library
Many links to articles about strategic planning, organizational development, communications, fundraising, and lots more.
Community Building and Sustainability
The Community Toolbox
This is an extensive website with a mission to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources. Contains 7,000 pages of information on various aspects of community-building (including chapter 16 on Group Facilitation and Problem Solving) and several useful "toolkits."
The Great Turning
This website, developed in response to David Korten's book The Great Turning, is a terrific resource for those of us working on aspects of the great turning of consciousness and behavior which is required to help the Earth. Highly recommended. See also Joanna Macy's website.
International Institute for Sustainable Development
A huge resource for sustainable development resources and activities.
International Society for Sustainability Practitioners
The website for a leading association of sustainability professionals.
Religious Society of Friends
Lots of links and information about the Quaker way of doing things, including decision making.
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