On September 21st, a cancer narrative will emerge from the hundreds of communities across the country coming together to have conversations about the cancer journey.
What we hope to accomplish are two things:
- Build a connected, coordinated, and collaborative cancer community because we know that while each cancer experience is unique, it is not isolated.
- Infuse a sense of urgency when developing and implementing solutions because we know that for too many cancer patients and their families, the cancer journey is a race against time.
It is helpful to think about your role as a convener and facilitator and be comfortable with the role. We have outlined some of the considerations for you to think through as you steer the discussion.
To help set the stage for a meaningful experience, you can turn to the Discussion Guides you can use as references. Consider these questions as you organize your events.
As a facilitator, your role is to:
- Maintain focus on the discussion questions;
- Be a source of positive energy and encouragement;
- Allow participants to express their doubts, barriers to overcome, or what they feel is needed from other participants/members of the cancer community;
- Think about what will engage participants and encourage them to OWN the process; and
- Ensure balanced participation and engagement by all.
SETTING GROUND RULES
It is important to set some ground rules to set the stage for a productive conversation. Remind the group to build on ideas rather than argue against them. A sample list for your consideration:
- Listen to understand and connect ideas
- Be brief and concise
- Be open-minded and adaptable
- Be productive and output-oriented
How you close your Summit will be crucial to ensuring participants walk away feeling engaged and energized. Start to think through how you want to close the conversation before it even starts. Some considerations include:
- Focus on real solutions your community can undertake to address the issues you’ve identified.
- Make collaboration happen. Find ways to align efforts and resources that address shared concerns
- Stay connected. We are eager to hear about your Summit and the actions you will take as a community. We hope to get social media updates throughout the day. We will be in touch shortly after the Summit to learn more about your experience.
GOAL: COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN
The goal of these summits is to create models for collaborations that can be duplicated by everyone in the cancer community. We want to broaden the engagement, and have people walk away with new commitments to collaborate. We are hoping that the commitments gathered from your community will help to drive progress for each of the topics provided in the Breakout Question Guide.
Provide a mechanism for your breakout groups to document their insights, ideas and commitments and bring them back to share with others. One approach can be to ask for each group to summarize their key ideas and recommendation along with the commitments from group members. An example commitment could be “Group/Individual A takes action B to achieve goal C.”
We look forward to hearing about your plans to find collaborative solutions for accelerating progress and overcoming barriers in the fight against cancer.Fill Out Your Community Action Plan Here
SUPPORTING PARTICIPATORY CONVERSATIONS
Facilitating a conversation can be both exhilarating and challenging. These prompts can help you to guide the conversation and navigate potential issues that may arise.