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Building Better Ideas by B. Kim Barnes

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Appendix 2 Constructive Debate Planning

Many of the forms shown throughout this section can be downloaded from https://www.barnesconti.com/CD/.

1. Frame the problem or issue in a way that is objective and neutral as to cause or solution.

• Framed Issue:

• Desired Outcome:

2. Identify key participants and note any possible vested interests in the outcome. Include yourself.

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Place an asterisk (*) next to the name of anyone who could take a facilitator role or consider the use of a neutral facilitator under Step 4.

3. Review conditions for a constructive debate.

• To what degree does each condition already exist? Mark that place on the scale and, ...

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