What to do DURING an assembly
What happens during an assembly?
OPENING (Leading Facilitators, Cultural Leaders)
Give an inclusive welcome, establish guidelines, provide an overview of the order of events, and explain the assembly process.
Cultural activities can be used to convene the assembly (ritual practices, spoken word, song, dance, drama, etc.).
SET THE CONTEXT (Lead Facilitators, Speakers)
Set the historical, political, cultural and movement context.
Outline the question(s) addressed and the root causes of the problems.
Draw from other local or global examples of convergence and assemblies that have been integral to successful social movements.
SMALL AND LARGE GROUP DISCUSSION (Small Group Facilitators)
Collect contact information.
Guide the groups to name the primary issues, determine the strategic short-term actions and solutions, and craft future visions.
Keep emphasis on collective action to achieve visions.
PRESENT THE RESOLUTIONS FOR ACTION (Lead Facilitators)
Make commitments to next steps to bring about change.
Focus on developing actions to solve problems.