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Meeting Focus: a Checklist

Towards Transformative Conferencing and Dialogue

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Part F 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 categories.

3. Problem sensitivity (resolving power)

a condition of focus permits problems (otherwise considered identical) to be appropriately distinguished.

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.

13. Empowerment

a condition of focus empowers the meeting to act at a new level of significance in the light of emergent values.

14. Risk

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").

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