How to Facilitate Board Meetings

By |2021-12-08T11:03:41-05:00November 9th, 2021|

Your board’s culture is established, in large measure, by the way board meetings are facilitated. Here are some key tips for facilitating board meetings that will create strong decisions and a board culture your co-op can be proud of.

The Need for Intercultural Dialogue Facilitation

By |2022-01-21T12:04:01-05:00June 4th, 2020|

As the country rises in protest around the issue of police brutality and violence against black people in America, the need to have constructive conversations and effective dialogues with those who have differing viewpoints has never been stronger. Columinate consultant Darin Short specializes in intercultural dialogue facilitation and training, and he's been busy this summer working with a variety of organizations around the country interested in having difficult conversations.

Tips for Effective Virtual Meetings

By |2020-04-21T20:27:17-04:00April 21st, 2020|

Boards of Directors may find that they need to conduct a board meeting by phone or using some variation of video conferencing technology. As you consider how to make these virtual meetings as effective and enjoyable as possible, you can build on the same good practices that make for productive face-to-face meetings. You can find some good guidance in A Recipe for Good Board [...]

Deliberative Improvements: Facilitation Techniques for Meeting Success

By |2019-09-09T16:11:22-04:00January 30th, 2019|

From a director’s perspective, what are the core ingredients of a great board meeting? Starting and ending on time probably top the list for most people, followed closely by everybody arriving prepared to do work that’s worth doing. A bit of dinner or at least a communal bar or two of chocolate, shared in a comfortable and welcoming space, can also be a make-or-break [...]

Great Idea: Hire a Professional Facilitator

By |2019-09-09T18:58:41-04:00April 2nd, 2014|

Realistically the board president can’t do everything. No matter how strong someone is at the role, having a hired facilitator may give board chairs the opportunity to lead with their strengths and address different governance needs. More boards are finding that hiring a trained facilitator has also helped make their meetings run smoother. A win-win for everyone. At Abundance Cooperative Market in Rochester, New [...]

Asking Powerful Questions: Co-op boards open up possibilities through conversation

By |2019-09-10T15:18:25-04:00November 15th, 2009|

By Thane Joyal 145 November - December - 2009 “A vital question, a creative question, rivets our attention. All the creative power of our minds is focused on the question. Knowledge emerges in response to these compelling questions. They open us to new worlds.” —Verna Allee, “The Knowledge Evolution.” (Quoted by Vogt, Brown and Issacs, The Art of Powerful Questions, 2003. www.worldcafe.com.) Questions: the [...]

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