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General Assembly Meeting

Long Beach General Assembly Agenda Template
{Anyone} Mic-Check Call to Assembly: Welcome!
If this is your first meeting, welcome! Please listen and learn how
General Assemblies work; it's very different from what most of us are
used to. Join in the conversation. We ask that you please hold
questions relating to non-agenda items until the end when there will
be time for general questions and discussion. We also invite you to
join any of our committees. You can do that when we break up into our
committee meetings later on.
{Discussion Moderator} Introduce Facilitation team or request
volunteers if needed
discussion moderator
・ helps group focus on agenda; process moderator
・ reminds group of process protocol; stacks
・ queue up questions and
encourage equal participation; secretary
・ records minutes;
・ watch group's mood and intervene if things get too
{Discussion Moderator} Review Consensus and General Assembly (GA).
{Suggested wording below, feel free to use your own.}
Consensus: We are using a Consensus process to make group decisions.
It is a messy process and it can take a very long time. But it is very
empowering. We encourage you to stay with the process. When we do get
consensus on a difficult proposal it is a time of celebration.
i.Way to make decisions by including everyone who has a stake in the
decision and giving each an equal voice
ii. We don't vote, we work together creatively to come to a fair decision
iii. Consensus means to seek overwhelming agreement; we've reached
consensus when everyone affected can live with the final decision
General Assembly: The General Assembly is a meeting where the group
works together to discuss proposed actions, and to make decisions
using consensus. The Assembly looks for the best arguments to take a
decision that reflects every opinion – not positions at odds with each
other as what happens when votes are taken. An Assembly should not be
centered on an ideological discourse; instead it should deal with
practical questions: What do we need? How can we get it? The Assembly
is based on free association – if you are not in agreement with what
has been decided, you are not obliged to carry it out. Every person is
free to do what they wish – the Assembly tries to produce collective
intelligence, and shared lines of thought and action.
{Process Moderator} Explain GA process (hand signals, proposal
discussions, stacking questions):
Hand signals: -Agree/Applause – wave both hands above head
- Disagree – wave one hand in front of face
- Repetitive or rambling comments – arms raised, hands circling each other
- Taking too much time – arms up, bring forearms back and forth
- Process point – hold up triangle with hands (not used to jump the stack)
- Off-topic – hold up T or “time-out” sign with hands
- Hard Block – arms form X above head
a) hard block is used to state that you feel this proposal would
undermine the group or the movement
b) it is not based on personal preference but on general principles of
the group such as peaceful action, horizontal organization, equality
and non-partisanship.
Proposal discussion steps: Proposals should answer the questions what,
why and how. If proposal is underdeveloped, please bring it to the
appropriate committee. After a proposal is presented, stacks will
begin to take questions and comments. The steps of discussion are the
3 C's: Clarification (questions to clarify proposal only), Concerns
(questions/comments, concerns or disagreements with proposal), and
then Consensus (resolving the concerns and looking to reach
consensus.) Out of respect for everyone's time and to give everyone a
chance to speak, statements, comments, and questions are limited to
two minutes. Please watch the moderator or stacks for the signal to
“wrap it up”.
Stacks: used to ensure all questions/comments are addressed instead of
overlooked. The stacker will acknowledge the question/comment, assign
place in line, and let people know the turns to speak. When there is a
debate, we'll limit each round of stacks to 5 speakers disagreeing
with proposal and 5 speakers in favor.
{D. Moderator} Read remaining Agenda items out loud; ask for any
important topics that need to be added. Reiterate that we have
scheduled time for additional questions and concerns after the
committee meetings.
{Note-taker} Summarize consensuses reached in previous GA.
{D. Moderator} Start discussion on topics of the day's meeting.
Committee reports (non-proposals)
Committee proposals. Discussion of proposals. (Quick reminder of
proposal process if needed – answer what, why and how. 3 C's –
clarification, concerns, consensus).
{D. Moderator} Introduce committees (briefly, updates and
announcements can come later):
Committee Breakouts
Individual Proposals
Conclusion/Comments on the day's process and group mood.
Group Hug!