Council facilitators help to custom-design an appropriate consensus building process for the specific situation. Through this discussion of history and present dynamics, recommendations are given to participants to evaluate how they wish to proceed.
Council facilitators work to bring all affected parties to the table and to ensure their participation throughout the process. Inter-meeting diplomacy is also provided to further identify issues, prepare for relevant deadlines, provide liaison services and relationship building.
Council facilitators work to ensure all parties are informed well in advance of upcoming meetings and events, they also provide logistical services such as preparing meeting rooms, preparing speakers and ordering meals.
Council facilitators keep the discussion comfortable for dialogue among all participants, yet focused on the issue at hand. Additional meeting facilitation services including fact finding, drafting documents to begin productive discussions, and working to establish the ground rules.
Council facilitators provide expert documentation for the development of agreements. Examples of documentation include meeting summaries and tools for legislative, executive, judicial, and private-sector consideration and implementation.
Council facilitators work to ensure that when an agreement is built, it is clearly understood who does what by when. Practical vehicles for implementation may include products such as legislation, documents, rules, projects or other tools.
Council facilitators can prepare participants for presentations including preparing documents and providing support when speaking. This support is throughout the consensus process and when participants present the agreement to outside groups.
Council facilitators can assist an organization in evaluating a current program, in monitoring for progress and creating suggestions for existing institutions, services or structures.
Consensus Council facilitators can provide small, medum and large organizations with strategic planning for the future. And council staff are often called on to assist with transition and succession planning when group leadership is undergoing change.
The Consensus Council, in partnership with the Bush Foundation, offers Community Innovation Grants between $500 and $10,000 to non-profit organizations and units of government in North Dakota who are using problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions.