Andrew Seeder is a researcher based in Boston. He was trained as a facilitator by community organizers while at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. He regularly facilitates meetings, workshops, trainings, and other activities in order for groups to be more productive and reach consensus. He has helped organize cryptoparties in the Boston area since 2015. He has presented at the intersection of organizing and technology at LibrePlanet in 2016 and 2017. Recently, he taught "Hit Refresh: Critical Perspectives on Power, Data, and Technology" at the Experimental College at Tufts University.
Effective Meeting Design and Facilitation: Yes, Even Hackers Need to Run Meetings
For better or worse, meetings are a part of life. In the workplace, meetings can be inefficient, boring, and even tyrannical. But they don't have to be so bad. As part of project management, meetings are a good way to organize collaborative work, produce new ideas and concrete deliverables with clear next steps, and come to consensus. This workshop covers simple tools for effective meeting design and facilitation, such as group norms, agendas, time keeping, note taking, and discussion techniques to keep people on track. The workshop will have a question and answer session at the end.