Sarah spoke last Friday at the Missouri Municipal League’s elected officials training on Parliamentary Procedure, Conflict Resolution, and Citizen Dialogue. Parliamentary procedure can, of course, be very helpful in ensuring an orderly decision-making process. It also has its limitations. Some chairs use parliamentary procedure to limit input, rather than taking their facilitative role seriously. Often participants don’t know the right motion to make to make sure they get heard. In addition to providing information on parliamentary procedure, we provided meeting guides to help the chair and participants work together to ensure an effective meeting. These guides have been posted on our resources page. Formal meetings that use parliamentary procedure are also often not very useful ways to engage citizens. We will write more on that topic next week.
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