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As a cooperative group process consultant I mostly focus on the role of the facilitator, because it's a major leverage point in how well meetings function. It has, for example, been my experience that a skilled facilitator can single-handedly turn a poor meeting into a good one.

However, most folks will seldom or ever wear the hat of facilitator. For the vast majority, they will simply attend meetings, not run them. That does not mean though, that they, as participants, have no role to play in how well meetings go.

WNYC has been taking a close look at affordability in New York — one neighborhood at a time. Now we’re turning our attention to Sunset Park in Brooklyn, which, like so many neighborhoods in New York, is getting harder to afford. Property values are on the rise, making everything more expensive.

Statement from the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

The U.S. State Department, the oligarchy and the Venezuelan right, together with the regional and European right have not let up in their attempt to destroy the enormous achievements accomplished by the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela and the Government of Nicolas Maduro.

While Cleveland isn’t especially prosperous, the Clinic’s campus is a world apart, evoking an upscale resort or an airport’s international terminal — an alternate universe where smokers and fast-food restaurants are banned, where foreign-language speakers are numerous and where live music and farmers markets are frequent. [...]

It is high-time for individuals — particularly those in “the 20%” (top quintile by either income or assets) who self-identify as “progressive” — to put their money where there mouth is.

That vast majority of Americans with financial assets choose to invest in the stock and bond markets, either directly or indirectly via pooled investment vehicles like mutual funds and ETFs.

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