From:   Jon Good <>
Sent time:   Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:18:47 AM
Subject:   [september17discuss] Facilitation team: A plan to agree on "first step" demands

I printed out paper copies of this and am about to take it to the park to find the facilitation team:

A facilitation plan for demands.


FIRST STEPS:  Action statements we can all agree on for short-term advocacy.



How do we get them?


·         Each statement is typed up onto the projector, with the understanding that the wording is not final.

·         Temperature is checked.  If temperature is warm, test for consensus.

·         Re-iterate that consensus is tested for the substance of the statement, not the wording.

·         All demands that pass consensus then go to a working group of people who will focus on focusing it into a form that will be easily communicated.


Facilitators are empowered to decide whether or not any proposed statements qualify as valid for the category of first steps, and whether a proposed statement is too similar to one proposed before.


Following the consensus, we adopt a preamble that sounds something like this:


Preamble:  The General Assembly of New York, democratic group open to everyone, has agreed on these demands. They are not the only demands, but they are the first step.