Something we all need to know. I have a nasty feeling that I have come against this in recent months. Maybe the person using it wasn’ t aware of his own tactics. Anyway, the basis of the Delphi Technique is to achieve consensus on controversial topics and requires professional facilitators, we are told.
Have you been Dephied? Worth checking out:
The Delphi Technique: Let’s Stop Being Manipulated!
More and more, we are seeing citizens being invited to “participate” in various forms of meetings, councils, or boards to “help determine” public policy in one field or another. They are supposedly being included to get ”input” from the public to help officials make final decisions on taxes, education, community growth or whatever the particular subject matter might be.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, surface appearances are often deceiving.
You, Mr. or Mrs. Citizen, decide to take part in one of these meetings.
Generally, you will find that there is already someone designated to lead or “facilitate” the meeting. Supposedly, the job of the facilitator is to be a neutral, non-directing helper to see that the meeting flows smoothly.
Actually, he or she is there for exactly the opposite reason: to see that the conclusions reached during the meeting are in accord with a plan already decided upon by those who called the meeting.