Synopses & Reviews
“This book is an outstanding resource for tackling complex community and business challenges. We’ve used it both at the City of Denver and at the State of Colorado. I keep a copy on my desk for easy reference.”—Roxane White,
chief of staff for Governor John Hickenlooper, State Capitol, Denver, Colorado
“Sam Kaner is one of the world’s leading experts on collaboration. His grasp of the challenges and dilemmas of collaboration is superb, as are his models and methods for facilitating complex processes. Clearly written and wonderfully illustrated, this book makes difficult issues understandable and provides sound, practical guidance.”
—Sandy Schuman, editor, Creating a Culture of Collaboration and founding editor, Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal
“It was a revelation to find the Facilitator’s Guide and realize someone had written down the way our organization was already working organically. Using this book has allowed us to put a translatable and trainable framework around what we do. Kaner and Fisk are masters at their craft.”
—Harley K. Dubois, founder, Burning Man Project
“NCDD has long listed the Facilitator’s Guide as one of the best-of-the-best resources for practitioners. The field of public engagement has been deeply influenced by this seminal book.”
—Sandy Heierbacher, director and co-founder, National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD)
“At Stanford University I convene an annual conference attended by hundreds of non-profit leaders. Sam Kaner’s keynote presentations, based on material from this book, are consistently top-rated and likely to inspire significant organizational change.”
—Regina Starr Ridley, publishing director, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Stanford University
“What a practical, sensible guide for helping groups work together in a realistic way!”
—Marvin Weisbord, consultant and author, Productive Workplaces and coauthor, Discovering Common Ground and Future Search
“In cross-functional environments where diverse perspectives are intentionally brought together to produce high-quality thinking, a highly skilled facilitator can add great value, and Sam Kaner is one of the best. The Facilitator’s Guide provides a full set of models and tools to enable an organization to reap the benefits of a well facilitated, participatory decision-making process. Having seen Sam’s methods in action, I can attest to their power and effectiveness.”
—Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman, eBay and Omidyar Network
“Our organization employs a staff of several thousand who touch the lives of hundreds of millions of people living in poverty, in developing nations across the globe. As we build our capacity to convene and facilitate multi-stakeholder processes, we have found Sam Kaner’s book and his teachings to be immensely beneficial.”
—Jamie Watts, Institutional Learning and Change, CGIAR, Bioversity International, Rome, Italy
The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, Third Edition
provides a significant update to existing chapters and an additional 5 chapters. new chapters include:
- Tools for Making Judgment Calls “On The Fly” (15 pages)
- Relationship Matters (10-12 pages)
- Participatory Methods Hall of Fame (10-12 pag)
- Chapter on facilitating in a virtual environment: general principles, plus many skills and tools for facilitating in a virtual environment (15 pages)
- Chapter on facilitating in a virtual environment: Four “whole-project” methods illustrated by case studies (10 pages)
The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, Third Edition presents valuable tools and skills for facilitators, consultants and anyone who works with groups. The book is comprehensive in scope and contains an accessible format. Every key facilitation concept is illustrated and explained in a few pages. This new edition will includes tools for making judgment calls “on the fly,” a participatory methods Hall of Fame, and ideas for facilitating in a virtual environment with illustrative case studies.
Harness the power of participatory values
A competent facilitator knows how to move a group from start to finish through the process of building a sustainable agreement, but doing so within the framework of a truly participatory decision-making process is a unique challenge. The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making helps organizational leaders break through crippling group decision-making gridlock to reach agreements that invite and incorporate critical insights from all participants.
With previous editions already embraced and endorsed by successful business and community leaders around the world, The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, Third Edition provides a significant update to existing chapters and an additional five chapters of new content.
- Includes updated material on making judgment calls, relationship matters, participatory methods, and facilitating in a virtual environment
- Features four "whole-project" methods illustrated with case studies
- Written by one of the United States' leading experts on facilitation
Those who practice participatory methods often come to see that facilitating a meeting is more than merely an occasion for solving a problem or creating a plan. It is also an opportunity to support profound personal learning, and it is an opportunity to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the group as a whole. This fully updated edition of The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making guides readers through the struggle and the satisfaction of putting participatory values into practice, helping them to fulfill the promise of effective group decision-making.
Unleash the transformative power of face to face groups
The third edition of this ground-breaking book continues to advance its mission to support groups to do their best thinking. It demonstrates that meetings can be much more than merely an occasion for solving a problem or creating a plan. Every well-facilitated meeting is also an opportunity to stretch and develop the perspectives of the individual members, thereby building the strength and capacity of the group as a whole.
This fully updated edition of The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making guides readers through the struggle and the satisfaction of putting participatory values into practice, helping them to fulfill the promise of effective group decision-making. With previous editions already embraced by business and community leaders and consulting professionals around the world, this new book is even more insightful and easy to use.
New for this edition:
- 60 pages of brand new skills and tools
- Many new case examples
- Major expansion and reorganization of the advanced sections of the book.
- New chapter: Teaching A Group About Group Dynamics
- Doubled in size: Classic Facilitator Challenges.
- Substantially improved: Designing Realistic Agendas – now three chapters, with wise, insightful answers to the most vexing questions about meeting design.