Community Agreements Workshop

Community agreements help define your role as a moderator and clarify the group`s expectations of you. One of your main tasks vis-à-vis the group is to ensure that these agreements are respected. It`s not about making rules – it`s about establishing and clarifying agreements and expectations that allow everyone in the group to participate. For them to be useful, they must come from the group itself. Once a group has established its agreements, they can be used again and again. As a moderator, you can also contribute to this list. Whatever tools we use, we want to make agreements in which people have to learn together what they need in the most open and safe way possible. Apprenticeship contracts are slightly different from the group agreement. While group agreement focuses on a group`s behavior in meetings or workshops, a learning contract identifies what they need to have the best learning environment. Group Policies/Community Agreements can be developed with stories of clarity and understanding.

These agreements were concluded by Ferananda Ibarra, Chris Corrigan, Krisztina Kun, Trilby Smith, Katy Golinsky, Gray Miller Creative, Ankit Chhabra, wolf, Nadja Petranovskaya, Brandy Agerbeck, Natalie Ord, Monica Brasov-Curca, Christine Martell, Jill Banting, Rachel Marcuse, Ken Lima-Coelho, Mark Busse, Julie Gieseke during the workshop in case of problems or conflicts learned and use the agreement established at the beginning of the group. (for example. B we all agreed to listen to others and allow them to share their ideas…). But I recently returned from a Lewis Deep Democracy training, with more clarity. Community agreements or “safe rules” in LDD jargon can be a profound way to build trust and security in conflict management. And they don`t have to be the first thing we do together (!). One of Laep`s democracy coaches talked about how it can be a choice to stop and ask groups to set their “safer rules” (which the group needs to feel safer and do their job together) just before they find themselves in conflict or sink deeper. It may be in the middle of a meeting, for example. If emotions are increased and we ask people to name what they really need, it can help the group be more honest about what they need to participate. And when the group asks for rules at the very beginning of the meeting, they know they`re already on the sidelines.

Ah, ah! So we can ask groups to rebuild their own agreements from the bottom up, at a crucial time, if we want to spend a lot of time together. As much as we would like to be able to! Often, people are reluctant to participate in a workshop or meeting, for fear of “jostling” or stumbling over their words. We want everyone to be comfortable, even if you don`t feel like you have the perfect words to express your thoughts. The members of the group are accountable to each other and to the Community and are responsible for direct and open communication, transparency and how we share and distribute power. Things like community agreements, an agenda, a diagram of your group`s available decision-making, and a place where important topics can be stored for future conversations, next steps, etc., are important foundations for a meeting – we call it a “container.” They act as visual tools that participants and facilitators can rely on throughout the meeting to focus the group, keeping it on the same page…

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