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Steps

Step 1.
Become informed. Evaluate and develop goals, resources and commitment.

LP organizer/trainer acts as consultant and provides workshop/s.

  1. An organization - preferably a coalition or a partnership of organizations - becomes informed about the Listening Project. It evaluates its mission statement and goals, which should be clear before LP is considered. Forming partnerships or a coalition is highly recommended to increase resources and potential for success.
  2. Meetings and/or a workshop further inform members about the LP. Members also consider possible LP goals and evaluate resources for conducting a project.
  3. If members support pursuing a LP, the Step 1 Listening Project Request Form is filled out. This is given to a LP organizer or trainer who then determines if the organization is ready to proceed.
  4. A "Workshop for LP Organizers" and consultations with an experienced LP organizer or trainer helps:
    1. Develop further understanding of LP
    2. Clarify organization's mission, goals and structure.
    3. Continue development of LP goals
    4. Further evaluate and develop resources for LP
    5. Make a final decision to conduct a LP
    6. Form a seven to fifteen member Listening Project Coordinating Committee (LPCC) that coordinates and steers the LP. One or two LP Coordinators are elected and committees are formed with chairs serving on LPCC.
    7. Develop initial time line for the LP.

Step 2.
Organize the Project and develop initial follow-up strategies

This process takes several months. LP organizer/trainer consults and provides on-site help if needed.

  1. The LPCC fills out the Step 2 Listening Project Request Form and arranges for ongoing help from an LP trainer.
  2. Work on alliance building continues if possible.
  3. The LPCC meets regularly and provides leadership for organizing the LP.
  4. Many LP organizing tasks are conducted by committees. These tasks include:
    • Logistics (who, where and how of interviews)
    • Interview Questions (developing and field testing questions)
    • Community Outreach & Follow-Up (recruiting project volunteers & supporters and educating community about the project. Developing initial plans for organizing after interviews are completed).
    • Fundraising/Finance. Keeps track of income & expenses and coordinates fundraising when needed.
  5. Periodic general meetings are held to keep others informed and involved. This includes:
    1. general membership of organization
    2. possible volunteer listeners and others who are interested in LP
    3. resource people and organizations (both resident and non-resident) who can support the LP with other needed skills and resources without being directly involved in conducting the project.
Step 3.
Train Listeners
Train volunteers in nonviolence and active listening skills, and in mechanics of conducting interviews and debriefing. Begin training local person to be trainer.
Step 4.
Conducting and Processing Interviews
Two-person teams conduct interviews. Debriefing helps listeners learn from experiences and aids project assessment. Processing the interview results often begin before all interviews are completed.
Step 5.
Evaluation &
Follow-Up Organizing
Evaluation happens throughout project with major evaluation at conclusion of all interviews. Use interview results to develop community based goals, strategies and resources that will enable effective follow-up organizing and education work.

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