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How to Hold a Successful Meeting

By x344468, Portland General Membership Branch (with additions by x344543)

Good meeting procedure is probably the most basic tool in the organizers' kit. It's the most basic building block in any form of collective action. With it a group of people can accomplish a lot more than they could alone, more than the sum of their parts, if you will. Without it they can do very little, except burn themselves out and reinforce the common beliefs that you can't fight the powers that be and that collective action is a bore consisting mostly of endless meetings. Maybe that's why they don't teach it in school any more.

The purpose of meeting is decision making. Decision making has several parts. The forms used must take care of each part.

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