Saturday, January 17, 2015

What might the first Roundtable look like?

It would be nice if we could come up with a table that was actually round; even if that meant folding card tables arranged in a circle.

The meeting would be facilitated.  Every effort will be made to maximize the meaningful participation of stake and interest holder communities and community members.*

*At this point the discussion is want to dissolve into defining terms.  Now is not the time to define terms.  The "terms" will be defined during the first Roundtable meetings.
However it is we figure out how to fold in stake and interest holders, we will fold in as many of them as we can.  We will become the top of the list when someone searches the  Googler for; "'best practice' in open and honest two-way communication between politicians and public servants and the community members they serve".
"The most important decision any group can make,
is when they decide how they will decide.
It should also be their first."

The people sitting around the table will be in agreement on the subject to be discussed.  They might have for example, agreed to talk about a motion to change school board policy in order to accommodate a particular community or community member's interests.

Their collaborative effort will be to compile as complete an understanding of the issues as can be produced by open and honest two-way discussion characterized by candor, forthrightness and honesty*.
*Candor, forthrightness and honesty in communication is a tenet of APS student standards of conduct.  They are not (yet) part of school board and senior administrative standards of conduct.
At the conclusion, there will be public record of the discussion and any decision the group might decide to make.  The committee's decision is subject to only school board "consent" at the next "regular" meeting.

Don't debate right now, how this might or might not work.
It doesn't make a whit of difference whether it can or can't if we don't even try.

All you have to do is insist.

The terms of public in-servitude are the prerogative of the people; not of their politicians and public servants.

All you have to do is insist!

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