A community can be small or large; It depends on how you define it! All conference participants agreed to abide by these agreements. Please pay attention to your own actions, be open to observing your behaviour and be open to sharing comments with others about their actions. There are many ways to create group agreements. To decide to use them, you can consider some of the following: whether the group will work together in the longer term, what is the controversy over the topic of the meeting or workshop, how long you have and how much confidence the group has in you as a mediator. Ask students in one of your first common classes to think about what they need to make the classroom environment safer, fairer and more productive for learning: what would help us work together best? You can do this through personalized writing requests, a share of the thought pair or another active learning strategy. After giving students time to reflect and discuss in small groups, you work out a list of agreements together. You can also ask this question in advance by email or Quercus and have students digitally contribute to the generation of ideas. Whether you start with a list of proposals or half ask a group to create its own agreements, you`ll find out what works for the group. And if I am a participant, here are some guidelines that I could personally propose to create the conditions for good cooperation. Other ways to establish group agreements may be more appropriate for shorter meetings or workshops or for groups that do not deal with emotional or controversial topics.
This implies that there is no real way to design these agreements. Please read our sample blog posts for more details on creative opportunities to involve all members of the community in creating your agreement. What are the steps to create your own community agreement? Follow these steps: I recently adopted community agreements. When is it better to propose principles to the group and when is it better for a group to create its own? For my graphic training workshops, I could start the piece with a poster like the one in the image above, and ask the group if they have any edited or additions. Putting the face sound in space works well – but only in conflict situations where conflict is low. For years, I have always asked groups to write them together, but in brief meetings or focus groups, if time is very valuable or if the group does not meet for a conversation with a high commitment, it may seem trite to ask the group to participate in these container building activities. If you have your group agreement, make sure it`s displayed for everyone – ideally, have it written on a whiteboard, paperboard or overhead projector. Once you`ve drawn people`s ideas, go through the list one after the other and see if they are clarified. Discuss how this can translate into practical working methods. Finally, you must seek agreement on all points of the whole group. Every time people come together as a group, we are both a community and a culture. At the NESAWG conference, we are looking for a respectful, comfortable, open, curious and friendly community and culture.
Community agreements help us to find concrete ways to create this culture and to speak above and through conflicts without creating one. With these practices and tools, we can challenge ourselves and each other, while always realizing that we all come from different places of knowledge and transformation. Community group guidelines/conventions are working papers in continuous development and will be reviewed at each other meeting and will be on the agenda.