A large part of what makes [our group] work is the way we are set up for success.  The initial meetings involve a workshop with Ian Plowman on “Co-operative Conversations”. 

The results of the first 1-2 workshops are respect for all group members’ knowledge and experience, as well as an understanding of how to conduct democratic meetings where everyone contributes.  The process works – it is unique and to my knowledge none of us had seen anything like it and we are nearly all people who are involved in a lot of groups. 

The result seems to be firstly that we have come to know each other better and respect each other so that we enjoy coming together, and also that when we come together our meetings are to the point, don’t waffle, are meaningful and we feel not only satisfied but that we have achieved something.

Denise Radcliff