Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making

by Sam Kaner, Lenny Lind, and others. Jossey-Bass, 2014.
Large facilitators guide to participatory decision making

Organizational consultant Sam Kaner and his fellow authors have an entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit that permeates this comprehensive resource to teach the nuts and bolts of facilitating group decision-making. The teachings are in four parts: basic values related to group decision-making, essential ideas and behaviors for facilitators, helping groups reach “sustainable agreements,” and achieving a conclusion. Chapter contents include communication, brainstorming, group and facilitator difficulties and undercurrents, setting agendas with results in mind, and consensus. Many ideas and hints are illuminated in easy-to-use charts, graphs, and illustrations. Some counter less collaborative styles of decision-making; others teach facilitators specific skills, such as how to teach a group to reframe an issue or how to develop closer group relationships. This more than 300-page volume may look overwhelming; however, the depth and breadth of information in it is not to be missed by leaders from any religious tradition.