Beyond Robert’s Rules

Beyond Robert's Rules

Beyond Robert’s Rules:

An Overview of Group Communication Models Including Appreciative Inquiry, Restorative Justice, Dynamic Facilitation, NVC Mediation, Intergroup Dialogue, Circles of Trust, World Cafe and More…

By Nelle Moffett with Richard D. Bowers


  • Do you sometimes feel frustrated by conversations that follow the same old tracks, often going in circles?
  • Do you wish you had more knowledge about how to facilitate productive meetings or workshops?
  • Do you wish that you had better tools to support collaboration and creativity in your workplace, family, and friend groups?
  • Do you long for healthy and connecting conversations among people of differing ethnic, religious, or political groups?

Intended Audience: Organizational Development professionals; Consultants; Change Agents; Business leaders (CEO,Executive leadership,meeting facilitators, team leaders, managers, supervisors); University leaders (President, Provost, managers, Faculty); Human Resources; Global government leaders; Community Action leaders; Non-Profit Social Service leaders; Environmental Activists; Social Justice activists; NGO leaders.
Available at Amazon: and other bookstores. ISBN 978-0-9911117-2-5.

This book identifies communication patterns which limit group interactions and provides examples of some alternative communication models that can open up more possibilities. This book is not an academic treatise. It is designed as a quick reference guide for professionals who want to increase their repertoire of group process models. The first part of the book presents a discussion of the power of communication models to support creativity, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Without a group process repertoire and vocabulary, people tend to remain bound by a limited set of options that produce a limited set of outcomes.

The second part of the book provides references to a collection of group process models, from basic circle models to self-organizing models such as Open Space Technology for large groups. Each model is presented with a brief overview, applications, benefits, and a reference to a source for more detailed information.

Effective group process models give voice to multiple perspectives, alternative ideas, or new directions and expand individual participation, responsibility, enthusiasm, creativity, and well-being in the workplace and other settings. The examples of group processes provided in this book can show you a variety of ways to change old, limiting, or ineffective patterns of communication.