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Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making

Kaner, Sam

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ISBN 10: 1550922556 / ISBN 13: 9781550922554
Published by New Society Publishers/Canada, Gabriola Island, B.C.
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Written by Sam Kaner, with Lenny Lind, Catherine Toldi, Sarah Fisk and Duane Berger; Foreword by Michael Doyle. Sixth printing, 1998. Book is "the best available training manual and sourecebook for facilitators, managers and leaders who want to encourage full participation, promote mutual understanding, and help groups build inclusive, sustainable agreements." Colourfully decorated soft cover with green titling, illustrated throughout with black and white diagrams, 255 pages. Spine and adjacent edges slightly sunned, minor shelf wear, otherwise book is clean, bright and tight. Shipping charges are calculated for a standard parcel under 1 kg. Additional charges will apply for heavier shipments, but not until the customer agrees. Canadian customers, please note that applicable sales taxes will be added. Please contact us with any questions you might have. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 016391

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Title: Facilitator's Guide to Participatory ...

Publisher: New Society Publishers/Canada, Gabriola Island, B.C.

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Very Good-

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This book provides the tools to put democratic values into practice in groups and organisations. Designed to help groups increase participation and collaboration, promote mutual understanding, honour diversity, and make effective, inclusive, participatory decisions, it is loaded with graphics, guidelines and hand outs, and presents more than 200 valuable tools and skills. It is perfect for managers, participants, seasoned practitioners, and students of working group dynamics.

From the Back Cover:

"The best book on collaboration ever written!"
—Diane Flannery, founding CEO, Juma Ventures

And now this classic book is even better—much better. Completely revised and updated, the second edition is loaded with new tools and techniques.

  • Two powerful new chapters on agenda design
  • A full section devoted to reaching closure
  • More than twice as many tools for handling difficult dynamics
  • 70 brand-new pages and over 100 pages significantly improved

Praise for Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, Second Edition

"In cross-functional environments, where diverse perspectives are intentionally brought together to produce high-quality thinking, a highly skilled facilitator can add great value—and Sam Kaner is one of the best. The Facilitator's Guide provides a full set of models and tools to enable an organization to reap the benefits of a well facilitated, participatory decision-making process. Having seen Sam's methods in action, I can attest to their power and effectiveness."
—Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman, eBay and Omidyar Network

"Hooray for the Facilitator's Guide. It explains principles, practices, and processes with cogent clarity, and each diagram conveys a complex idea almost instantly."
—Joanna Macy, author, World as Lover, World as Self

"Our organization's core purpose is to dissolve boundaries across sectors in order to find innovative solutions to difficult social problems. We know how immensely challenging it is to facilitate dialogue among multiple stakeholders. This amazing book is a comprehensive guide for meeting that challenge. I've worked with a myriad of consultants during the past 16 years, and Sam Kaner's approach is vastly superior for bringing about lasting system change."
—Kriss Deiglmeier, executive director, Center for Social Innovation, Stanford University

"Sam Kaner is one of the world's leading experts on collaboration. His grasp of the challenges and dilemmas of collaboration is superb, as are his models and methods for facilitating complex processes."
—Sandy Schuman, editor, Creating a Culture of Collaboration

"The Facilitator's Guide has allowed us to build our own capacity. We've learned how to convene multiple stakeholder teams, plan effectively, and make more sustainable decisions, thus maintaining our collaborative values as we grow to serve a wider community. I highly recommend this book."
—James Whipple, CEO, Marshall Medical Center, El Dorado County, California

"Kaner's decision-making procedures are the best I've ever seen. We use them all the time!"
—Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties

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