While examples of best practices are helpful, sometimes equally important is knowing what “worst practices” should be avoided. CityLab recently published an article outlining “9 Annoying Things That Ruin Community Meetings, According to Absolutely Everyone”:
he old-fashioned town meeting might be the most democratic thing we do as a society, with its free flow of ideas, indiscriminate of class, race, and sex.
Except when it’s not. Some residents’ voices are drowned out, facilitators and resident “experts” pull rank or refuse to listen to each other, and discussions devolve into shouting matches. Then, a meeting feels more like Jerry Springerthan an exchange of ideas. When meetings go bad, it’s a deterrent to people getting involved in community processes, and ultimately a slight to civic engagement.
You can read what those are here.