A People’s Assembly is a participatory decision-making body that works
towards building consensus. Rather than encouraging confrontation of
ideas or a majority-rules approach, the assembly encourages those with
differing ideas to work together to build something new. Consensus is
reached when there is no outright opposition to the proposal.
During the Assembly, you will consider the following for each proposal:

  1. What is being proposed?
  2. Why is it being proposed?
  3. How can we carry out the proposal if a consensus is reached?

Proposals on which a consensus is not reached but in which there is
significant interest may be sent to working groups or committees, and
returned to the People’s Assembly at a later date.

  1. A moderator will run the Assembly to ensure that the discussion is orderly and the above points are discussed for each proposal.
  2. A time limit per speaker will be set by the Assembly Team at the beginning of the Assembly. How much time is allotted will depend on the number of participants and the topics at hand. A member of the Assembly Team will keep time and will alert the speaker when their time has expired.
  3. If you wish to speak, and your comments are new and not in response to what someone else is saying, raise your hand.
  4. If you wish to speak, and your comments are responsive to the current speaker or are a point of order, raise your hand with only your index finger extended.

Gestures are used to provide non-verbal feedback during the Assembly. Gestures for this Assembly will be:
a. AGREEMENT/APPLAUSE: Upraised, open hands moving from side to side (aka jazz hands)
b. DISAGREEMENT: Arms folded in cross above the head.
c. “THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN SAID”/”GET TO THE POINT”: As if requesting a substitution in sport, revolving upraised hand.
d. “TAKING UP TOO MUCH TIME”: Crossed arms. Forearms come together and move apart as if they were the hands of a clock so that palms touch above head.
e. “DIFFICULTY HEARING INTERVENTION”: Cupped hands to ears or hand moving up and down as if to indicate, “turn the volume up”


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