Collaborative Preparation as Intervention: The Power of Pre-Meeting Work.
Thursday, May 22, 2008, 10:30am 12:00pm

Maggie Herzig, Public Conversations Project
Meenakshi Chakraverti, International and Science Programs, Public Conversations Project

Track: Matching the Process to the Problem: Navigating Process Choices

Advocates and representatives of polarized groups may be suspicious when invited into a dialogue or another collaborative process with their political opponents. Is there a hidden agenda? Will they be co-opted? Will they be asked to give up or give in on a matter of great importance? Will they feel "managed" or "diagnosed" by a facilitator? In this session the presenters will describe the Public Conversations Project's approach to early contacts with potential participants and ways in which the planning and invitation process can embody the relational shifts that the initiative aims to achieve: respect, curiosity, genuine collaboration, and hope.

Primary Target Audience(s): ECR Practitioners/Attorney Mediators

Collaboration Preparation as Intervention Handout