autonomous futures


Glasgow gathering reflections
April 10, 2008, 7:13 pm
Filed under: reflective log

Ten top tips:

1. You can cook for 80 without proper use of your good hand so long as you recruit enough people to chop. Also needed is someone to carry the heavy pots between venues.

2. Transporting food between venues, on the other side of the city, is ridiculous. Never agree to take on a gathering until you know you have secured a venue which allows for meetings and cooking to happen in the same place!

3. A venue with computers and printing facilities is a good thing. Especially if most of the organisers live in another city and no one seems to live nearby.

4. Remember to print evaluation forms before 10pm on Saturday night. Easyinternet cafes are horrible and expensive.

5. Do not get drunk Saturday night in an effort to relieve stress. It will only make things worse in the morning – especially when you need to be up to facilitate!

6. Tighten deadlines for proposed agenda items. Don’t allow a closed group to finally hand you the information needed to facilitate a large, contentious session 20 minutes before it starts.

7. Likewise, you can’t always accommodate last minute agenda additions. Can the facilitation team go on strike?

8. The group organising the gathering should not have to take on all the logistics as well as agenda and facilitation. When no one outwith the group answers your plea for facilitators, contact the process group and don’t just accept that it means you’ll have to do it yourself.

9. Listen to people who tell you what a great job you’ve been doing. Stop worrying about what could have gone better.

10. Always buy more beer and more coffee than you think you’ll need.

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