Re: DSM: 1st meeting advice?

From: Allan Saugstad (
Date: Fri Apr 20 2001 - 19:10:11 EDT


Here's some more advice I just thought of.

For our visioning meetings thus far, we have used a process called Open Space
Technology. You can find resources on this on the web at
This is my friend Chris' website, and he uses Open Space professionally to
facilitate all kinds of meetings, including those between First Nation and
government groups. He and his family are also part of our group trying to start
this learning centre.

It is a process of creating open and thoughtful dialague at meetings. Basically
everyone sits in a circle with no tables and everyone gets an opportunity to
speak about what is meaningful to them. It has really empowered many of us and
been a big help in helping shape our direction.


Alan or Laura Gabelsberg wrote:

> Hi all. Laura here. I am in the process of planning my first "information"
> meeting of people interested in forming a founding group to start a new
> Sudbury school in Houston and I thought now would be a good time to see what
> advice you folks on the list might have along those lines.
> So far I am viewing the purpose of this meeting as pretty informal - the
> purpose being to meet, to network, and to determine the level of interest in
> forming a founding group, and lastly to decide what steps may need to be
> taken next.
> I plan to talk very simply about what I know of the SVS model and what may
> be involved in forming a founding group. I also thought about opening up the
> meeting agenda for ideas from the participants if there is enough time, or
> maybe just a Q & A session.
> I am open to hearing any suggestions anyone may have on how to run an
> effective FIRST meeting like this (or how NOT to run one!) The meeting is
> planned for May 19th and so far I think it will have a good turn out. The
> local ads I have placed don't come out until May 1st and I already have
> appx. 20-30 coming just from word of mouth. So it may be a fairly large
> group of people if the ads bring out a good response as well.
> Thanks in advance for any tips or thoughts on this subject.
> Laura Gabelsberg
> Citizens for Enlightened Education

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