Community Agreements Workshop
Also consider whether the work should be divided into more parts. The definition of community agreements or principles can contribute to a better dialogue with oneself, with the group and with the Community. Monica Brasov-Curca told me on Facebook: “During a wonderful dialogue training, the coach divided the basic rules into 3 parts. 1.) Community agreement 2.) Workshop Conditions 3.) Intentions to participate. And we contributed to the design of the three…. It`s really beautiful. In principle, a group agreement consists of statements agreed by the team and the coach that contain behavioural policies during the meeting or workshops. This could include “showing up on time”; “respect each other`s opinions”; “offering everyone the opportunity to speak”; “all points of discussion or opinions that remain confidential.” If you have additions to your project teams or working groups, take the time to explain the group agreement with them and allow them to propose improvements. This can be done during the break or at the beginning of the workshop as an icebreaker. If you want to include something in the agreement, you should have an interview with the whole group until an agreement is reached.
Whether you start with a list of proposals or half ask a group to create its own agreements, you`ll find out what works for the group. And if I am a participant, here are some guidelines that I could personally propose to create the conditions for good cooperation. When you open your workshop or session, make sure everyone has arrived and first ask a few questions such as: Members agree to minimize the negative effects of as many of these repressive ideologies as possible, because they are all related and relevant to our work. This involves engaging in learning and learning through workshops, policy development, community cooperation, etc., and can be achieved together. Ask students in one of your first common classes to think about what they need to make the classroom environment safer, fairer and more productive for learning: what would help us work together best? You can do this through personalized writing requests, a share of the thought pair or another active learning strategy. After giving students time to reflect and discuss in small groups, you work out a list of agreements together. You can also ask this question in advance by email or Quercus and have students digitally contribute to the generation of ideas. Apprenticeship contracts differ slightly from the group agreement. While the group agreement focuses on a group`s behaviour during meetings or workshops, a learning contract identifies what they need to have the best learning environment. But I`m recently training Lewis Deep Democracy at home, with more clarity. Community agreements or “safe rules” in the LDD-Lingo can be a profound means of building trust and security in conflict management.
And they don`t need to be the first thing we do together (!). One of the coaches of deep democracy talked about how to be a choice to stop and ask groups to create their “safer rules” (what the group needs to feel safer and do their job well together) before they get into conflict or go further. It could be in the middle of the session, for example. If emotions are amplified and we ask people to name what they really need, it can help the group be more honest about what they need to participate.