Meeting Focus: a Checklist
Towards Transformative Conferencing and Dialogue
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of Towards Transformative Conferencing and Dialogue: Collection of papers and notes, problems and possibilities on the new frontier of high-risk gatherings concerning social development
Below are listed, in no particular order, different aspects of focus or processes which
tend to occur when a meeting is in focus.
1. Category transformation
A condition of focus should permit a reordering of the categories governing the meeting
(or the organization of its subject matter) into a less procrustean pattern corresponding
more appropriately to the reality encoded.
2. Organizational transformation
In a condition of focus the organizational units or sub-divisions whereby it has been
brought about can be reformed into a pattern more appropriate to the functional
3. Problem sensitivity (resolving power)
a condition of focus permits problems (otherwise considered identical) to be
4. Problem subtlety
certain all-pervading subtle problems can only be detected in a condition of low
"noise-level" characteristic of focus.
5. Stabilized overview
focus is a necessary condition for a stable overview of the meeting's domain (possibly
as a meta-dimension) otherwise viewed as a multi-facetted image.
6. Contribution of the seemingly irrelevant
only in a condition of focus can the contribution of otherwise "irrelevant"
resources to the balance of the whole be understood.
7. Hospitable to divergent perspectives
a condition of focus is hospitable to overwise "divergent" perspectives.
8. Sensitivity to new options
the reduction in "noise-level" associated with a condition of focus permits
new options and directions to emerge.
9. Transformation of collective self-awareness
the condition of focus facilitates the emergence of a collective sense of identity at a
new level of integration and immediacy.
10. Transformation of personal awareness
a condition of focus enhances the processes of personal transformation in each
participant and in relation to the here-and-now.
11. Energy containment and release
a focused configuration is able to contain and anchor the synergy normally dissipated
during a meeting (possibly as a temporary state of enthusiasm or euphoria).
12. Emergence of simplifying perspectives
a condition of focus enables simpler descriptions of complex conditions to emerge,
possibly as appropriate metaphors.
a condition of focus empowers the meeting to act at a new level of significance in the
light of emergent values.
a condition of focus, because of the radical nature of the transformations which are
then feasible, is also a condition of high risk. Such risk is a necessary
"investment" (in the sense of "nothing venture; nothing gain").