Revising ISSS RoundTable for 2011

OVERVIEW: Revising ISSS RoundTable for 2011

Hello friends of ISSS RoundTable.

Many of you have told me you would like to be on the 2011 RoundTable Revision Team. I have sent you an email directing you to this site. If there are other RoundTable friends who would like to participate, we welcome you, too. You can add your input here, or, if you prefer, you can email your comments to me at sgabriele@gemslearning.net or here http://www.gemslearning.net. The words in CAPS are categories on this site. I am not very skilled at wordpress. But here goes!

The ISSS Morning RoundTable , with the main purpose of increasing opportunities for democratic learning and connection, has a unique format. It is cued by a one-page ROUNDTABLE GUIDE or script consisting of three parts: [1] FACILITATOR GUIDE or script, [2] SUGGESTED TOPIC, and [3] BASIC READINGS. (SEE CATEGORIES). The words of the guide are chosen to last about five minutes when read aloud—in order to ensure fifty-five minutes for individual comments—time distributed equally among all present. The “script” also allows rotating the facilitator roles. See also Benefits of Scripts and Scripts categories here.

The ISSS RoundTable turned ten in 2010. In other words, we have convened this 60-minute “RoundTable” every morning (e.g., from 8am to 9am) during our weeklong annual ISSS conference for ten years since 1999. Over the years, we have made many modifications and improvements to the three components. We have used what I call LEVEL ONE Basic Readings for ten years. I would like to substitute or add LEVEL TWO Basic Readings now. If we do, I will be excited to see what will happen over the next ten years!

Regarding the content of the three components that I propose for 2011, I am:

  • 99% certain of the value of at least five minutes of reading aloud together before opening for comments;
  • 99% certain that these five minutes should be written texts containing key organizing principles in handouts available to everyone;
  • 99% certain that there should be five different facilitators over five days;
  • 95% certain that the facilitator guide should be a written script because many of you hesitate to use it. Again, please see my viewpoint in “benefits of scripts” and “scripts.” So I ask: Should we also have a facilitator “outline” available in addition to a facilitator “script”?
  • 75% certain that using a timer would add value.

What do you think?

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