As your group prepares for the forum, be sure to complete the following steps:
1. Understanding each community’s concerns:
Provide a clear articulation of each community’s most significant concerns, including a thoughtful account of the history of the concerns. Why are these concerns significant to each of the communities and to the conflict between them? What is the history of the each community’s key concerns? What is the nature, scope, and history of the resulting conflict? What are some of the key obstacles to resolving this conflict justly and effectively? Addressing these questions fully and effectively will be key to the success of your forum.
What information is required in order to understand the nature and sources of the conflict? What information is required to understand each of the community’s key concerns, their significance, and their history? What information is required to assess the obstacles for addressing these concerns fully? What are the most reliable resources available to secure this information?
3. Delineation of Responsibilities:
Do an inventory of each group member’s special assets. Which group members are especially equipped to assist with preliminary research into the history of the conflict? Which group members are best equipped to secure reliable information regarding the nature and significance of the conflict and of each community’s special concerns? Similarly, which members are best equipped to serve in each of the forum presentation roles? (see the format assignment for specific responsibilities)
4. Strategic Planning:
Establish a group plan to complete each of the steps required to prepare for the forum. Set deadlines for each step of the planning process. For example, it will be important to establish a deadline for securing the information required to outline the history of the conflict, to develop an outline of each community’s most significant concerns, and to complete an overview of key obstacles to resolution of the conflict. Be sure to prepare effectively for use of the February 23 meeting time (the full class period will be set aside for group work). Finally, be sure to identify each group member’s availability for possible meeting times (outside of class).