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 From Alice Kilham of Hatfield Working Group and Klamath Basin Ecosystem Foundation 10/14/05
Dear Stakeholders,
 
You are invited to attend a training session in collaboration, community building and consensus building November 14-18 offered by Bob Chadwick of Consensus Associates. The workshop is being sponsored by the Klamath National Forest, Fremont-Winema, ORE-CAL RCD, NOAA and BOR (Sacramento).  It is a timely opportunity.  A description of the course content, as well as testimonials from previous courses, is attached.
 
There are enough funds to provide 20 scholarships to the Stakeholders, including meals, travel and lodging.  If you wish to attend, please contact Donna Burcher dburcher@yahoo.com or 530.397.7463 for registration.  If there are more than 20 requests, we will seek a way to meet your needs.
 
Please provide Donna the following information:
 I am willing to attend
 Will you need travel or mileage funding?
 Will you need funding for meals?
 Will you  need lodging?
 
We encourage agency people to participate as well, and they should contact Judith McHugh at jmchugh@fs.fed.us. or 530.841.4485.
 
20 rooms have been reserved at the Miners Inn at a reduced rate of $72.26.  Let them know you are with the Klamath Basin workshop, and whether you want more than one bed.  You must make these reservations by November 1.
 
I understand this is a short time frame, and it falls close to our Stakeholder Workshop on November 1-3.  However, the funds that will make it possible must be spent by November 30. It is an experience that will be valuable to any of us working on the issues in the Klamath River Basin, valuable for our community or organization, and valuable in our personal lives.  I encourage any of you interested to attend.
 
Alice Kilham

KLAMATH RIVER BASIN CONSENSUS WORKSHOP

November 14-18, 2005

You are invited to attend a training session in collaboration, community building and consensus-building. This session is offered by Bob Chadwick of Consensus Associates and is intended to build skills and capacity for people to resolve natural resource issues and build their communities. The course is sponsored by the Klamath National Forest, Ore-Cal RCD,
NOAA-Fisheries, EPA, the Fremont-Winema National Forest, and Bureau of Reclamation-Sacramento. A description of the course content, as well as testimonials from previous courses, is attached.

The target audience is individuals who work and/or live in the Klamath River watershed, who have an interest in natural resource management, and who would like to contribute to the resolution of natural resource issues at the local level. Class size is limited to approximately 40-50 participants. Participants will be expected to do a practicum, applying their skills to some local issue. Mentors will be provided for support.

Travel, lodging, meal and attendance scholarships are available for up to 20 community members; contact Donna Burcher (dburcher@yahoo.com or 530.397.7463) for information. If there are more than 20 requests, we will seek a way to meet your needs.

Agency personnel should submit their nominations no later than November 1st, 2005 to Judith McHugh jmchugh@fs.fed.us or 530.841.4485. Personnel who can attend for the entire session will receive first priority.

The session will be held in Yreka, CA at the Miner's Inn Conference Center. The training will begin at 12:30 pm Monday, November 14 and continue for four (4) days, ending noon-ish on Friday, November 18th. Those participants who cannot make the entire week are encouraged to come Monday and remain through at least Wednesday evening, completing the module on the basic process.

Your prompt replies by November 1 are appreciated. Donna (dburcher@yahoo.com) will take reservations from community folks, and Judy (jmchugh@fs.fed.us) will take those from agency personnel.

(See attached file: participant_testimony_previous_classes.doc)(See attached file: Course_description_chadwick.doc)

_________________________________________
Judith McHugh
Outreach and Communications, Klamath NF
530.841.4485
530.598.9303 (cell)

LEARNING MODULES

1. PROCESS INTRODUCTION:

An introduction to a basic process, the basic beliefs that motivate that process, and some of the art. This includes: introduction to the circle, a process for life-long learning, the worst and best outcomes, and an exploration of conflict. The participant will experience the application of the process on conflict, while learning how to develop a shared information base for wise decisions.

The participant will explore and experience the role of the facilitator and recorder in consensus building and in empowering others.

Participants will leave with the ability to use the process on simple and everyday conflict issues. They will experience the approach for Personal, Interpersonal and Inter-group conflicts. This basic introduction will be applicable to all the modules that follow.

2. MANAGING CHANGE:

Change, and rapid change are the constant in our environment. We are confronted with rapid change in almost every aspect of our life. Not only technological change, but belief, values and behavioral changes are constantly confronting us.

In this module, the participant will experience the change process, from an emotional and logical framework. The application of the basic process to change is experienced and visually demonstrated.

The participant is provided a process that allows people to acknowledge their non-adaptive beliefs, values and the resultant behaviors, while honoring them for their past value. The change process is provided a reaffirmation of values that are still adaptive, and stable, while adding and acknowledging beliefs that are now adaptive.

3. MANAGING PARTICIPATIVE DECISION MAKING:

Representative democracy, the belief that the elected representative will be able to represent the needs of his/her constituencies, is confronting the increasingly conflicting demands of a diverse community. The educated electorate no longer will allow the elected official to make the decision alone. They want to be part of the decision making process.

Scarcity aggravates the problem, as the special interest groups vie for the limited resources. The elected official works best with unlimited resources, not when deciding who gets the leftovers.

The participants learn how to apply the consensus process so that participative decision making actually strengthens representative democracy. The participants learn how to apply this to the business climate as well as to public interest situations.

4: REACHING CONSENSUS:

Just what is consensus? It is important to differentiate consensus from other approaches to resolving conflict. The concept of "continuum" in decision making is explored with differing approaches conflict. It is important to know that consensus is expressed through behaviors. It is important to know when and how to create consensus with words. Both approaches are experienced.

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