Library Working Group Meets

On Saturday we had our first formal working group meeting at the library. Prior to this meeting, our decision making process has been to reach consensus within the group who are on the ground at the library or through conversations on this blog. On Saturday, we put the same process used by the General Assembly into use and spent three hours discussing the items on our agenda (agenda items were posted in advance here). Minutes from our meeting will be posted soon, in the meantime, here are photos of the process in action at your library.

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While the General Assembly meetings serve as a forum for participation, decision making and announcements about the movement and occupation as a whole (as well as report-backs from working groups), a working group is a decision making body for a specific project within the occupation of Liberty Plaza. Both General Assemblies and Working Groups use the same process for conducting meetings. The meeting is facilitated by a facilitator and a stack keeper. People are also responsible for checking the vibe (the feeling and response of the group) as well as taking minutes.

The process involves many tools for giving everyone a voice, for respecting speaking and listening and for using hand signals. This video on YouTube is a good introduction to how it works.

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Filed under Michael, Photographs, Process, Working Group Meeting

2 responses to “Library Working Group Meets

  1. rachel

    Will you be posting when and how often the working group will meet? I’d love to get involved.

  2. Librarians Unite!

    I was trying to explain this style of process to a friend who was under the belief that OWS would eventually be taken over by the person with the loudest voice. HA. She obviously hasn’t experienced group process of movement groups. Thank you, and I will now pass on the talking stick. :)

    Rock on OWS!!

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