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ERIC Number: ED481895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Pages: 93
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-885429-35-5
Every Voice Counts: Holding a Shared Leadership Event To Make Decisions Together.
Strauss, Jessica
Shared leadership is a process empowering parents to exercise their civil rights, build leadership skills, and guide the design of policy positions and programs meant to improve their lives and the well-being of their children. Based on principles of family support practice, this book describes how to plan and host a 1- to 3-day shared leadership event resulting in a concrete consensus document such as a grant proposal, a program or business plan, or other document designed to promote change. Decisions are made by inclusive discussions built around critical questions specific to the group, neighborhood, or organization involved. The books introduction describes the shared leadership process and the role of shared leadership events within that process, presents principles of family support practice, and identifies critical elements for shared leadership events: multiple stakeholders, cultural diversity, dialogue, and facilitation. The book is organized into three parts. Part 1 details the planning steps: building a planning team, writing an event description, coordinating communications, planning the logistics, and planning the event agenda. Part 2 presents the event itself in a step-by-step fashion: introductions and overview, panel/speakers, critical questions instructions, critical questions discussion, reporting and consensus session, drafting session, review of consensus document, and closing celebration. Part 3 focuses on follow-up after the event, including finding ways to use the consensus document. Tracking and planning charts, tip boxes, and other tools are included. Color coding is used throughout the book to facilitate finding planning tools and success stories specific to neighborhoods, programs, and state or national organizations. A budget worksheet and sample agendas for various types of organizations are appended. (KB)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Family Support America, Chicago, IL.