Reaching Consensus on Impossible Problems: Tools for a New Cooperacy. In this one-hour interview with Jim Rough we learn about “Dynamic Facilitation,” an energy-based way of facilitating where people address difficult issues creatively and collaboratively, achieving breakthrough results. Topics discussed include:
- What is Dynamic Facilitation and how can it help groups achieve breakthrough solutions?
- The “tobe” concept and its relevance to problem-solving.
- What makes Dynamic Facilitation different from other facilitative models?
- What kind of issues best lend themselves to this approach?
- What are the requisite conditions necessary to tap collective consciousness?
- Dynamic Facilitation success stories.
- Ideas on how a Wisdom Council might shift the United States into a more democratic form of government.
- How might other facilitators make use of this approach?
1.”Using Crises and Teams to “Turn On” a System.” From the Journal for Quality and Participation. Read how Jim has helped groups use crisis to tap their full potential for solving difficult problems.
2. “Levels of Thinking Models of Change.” Article looking at the levels of thinking and our typical approach to solving problems at each level.
3. The Founding of True Democracy. Chapter 2 from Jim’s book, “Society’s Breakthrough,” which discusses a new model for a democracy based on shared decision-making.
4. The Wise Democracy Channel contains videos on Dynamic Facilitation, the Wisdom Council, Choice-creating and how they can address issues we face as a society.
- MP3 recording of interview
- Written notes summarizing the highlights
- Bonuses listed above
About Jim. Jim Rough is the originator and principal seminar leader for Dynamic Facilitation Skills. He’s been leading public seminars and evolving the concepts of Dynamic Facilitation and Choice-creating since 1990. Jim is the author of the new book (2002) Society’s Breakthrough! Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People. The book describes how these ideas promise new solutions to many long-standing problems, and how they offer the opportunity to revitalize democracy. See details at SocietysBreakthrough.com. Since 1980, Jim has been a faculty member at the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. He has spoken at many conferences, published numerous articles and is working on a new book about Dynamic Facilitation. Before founding Jim Rough and Associates, Inc. in 1985, Jim worked as an internal consultant within Boeing, Xerox, and Simpson Timber Company. His education includes a B.A. in physics from Occidental College, M.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Columbia University, and many years of independent study in Jungian psychology. He lives with his wife in the state of Washington in the United States.
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