- Go through the whole Agenda in headline form, giving a brief idea of what is to be covered and how.
- Then, note before, ask for questions and comments.
- Don't be defensive about the Agenda that is proposed, but don't change everything at the suggestion of one person, check it out with the group first.
- If minor additions are proposed, make the BUD aware that adjustments must be made because of limited time available, like taking something out, postponing something until later, etc.
- If an item that some people do not want to deal with is suggested for discussion, consider that there is no Consensus and it cannot be included at that time.
- Remember that the Facilitator's role is to the whole of the whole BUD and not to each individual.
- When the Agenda has been amended, ask the BUD if they are willing to accept it and insist on a response. They need to be aware of having made a contract with the Facilitator about how to proceed. Besides, it is their Meeting!
Source: Building Social Change Communities
Contributors: Berit Lakey, The Training/Action Affinity Group of Movement for a New Society
Recommended Reading: Building Social Change Communities
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