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How to Run Meetings

Please note - This is a work in progress.

The XRUK Facilitation Circle offers training in meeting structure and culture, facilitation, minute-taking, and decision-making. You may also find the following agenda guide and template useful:

Meeting culture

Whether you have an online or in-person meeting, XR has a unique meeting culture that has roots in our Self-Organising System and our vision for accessible, inclusive, and functional workspaces. It can feel very different from other work cultures, but once you are used to it we hope you will value and appreciate it.

We use hand signals in our meetings, so that everybody has the opportunity to contribute if they wish and to reduce the change of more outspoken voices from dominating.

By following these ways of meeting, it means that no matter which part of XR you are in, if you go to another space you will know what is happening and how to participate.

Short glossary of terms used within the following guidance.

  • External Coordinator - represents the team in a wider circle (e.g your Nation/Region)
  • Internal Coordinator - makes sure the team is healthy and achieving its mandate
  • Facilitator - Making sure meetings stay on track with the agenda and decision-making processes are appropriately structured and that inclusivity and nonviolent communication is maintained.

Types of Local Group Meetings

THIS BIT WAS FROM THE LG ESSENTIALS PDF The aim is to have inspiring meetings where people connect and feel a sense of community amongst those who really understand the criticality of the climate and ecological emergency, and that together we can take positive action.

A mix of in person and online meetings may be useful for those who do not want to travel or those who prefer not to attend online meetings. Some meetings should be focussed on attracting new members. So, this could be by having a guest speaker, a film night, a presentation of the Heading for Extinction talk or an outreach talk.

It is useful to have an accessible venue where people feel safe and to provide refreshments. A prepared list of simple jobs people can undertake afterwards will help new members feel engaged with the group. Some meetings may be more focussed on existing supporters, such as a meeting to decide the next six months’ worth of activities.

Meeting structure

Standing items

Standing items are completed at the start of each meeting. MORE INFO - WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Attendees list

A list of who was at the meeting is important for managing accountability for decision-making, and if a name is not recorded, there is no evidence that they were at the meeting.

Assign a facilitator and minute-taker

A facilitator holds the meeting, upholds any agreements made, and manages time and contribution.

A minute-taker keeps an accurate record of what happened in the meeting, including what was decided and what tasks need to be done.

We recommend both roles be filled by trained people who hold no other roles in your group.


Check-ins are a core part of XR’s vision of regenerative cultures. They help both the facilitator and those attending the meeting to understand where each other is coming from in terms of feelings, as well as being clear on how to address each other respectfully.

Be mindful that check-ins are there to learn how people want to be addressed, and to see how they are feeling before starting work. It is important to structure check-ins, especially with a time limit, as check-ins can easily take over a meeting.

Check-ins should not be used for updates on any work or any feedback. It's is purely a short personal update, and the facilitator can give some guidance on who to do it - which can be varied each meeting.

Example check-ins:

  • “Please check in by saying your name, your pronoun preference, naming one “feeling word” you are with today (Happy/sad etc), and name a non-human animal you relate to. Could you do that in about 20 seconds, then choose someone to pass on to!”

  • “Please check in by saying your name, role in this meeting, something fun you've done today or recently. Could you do that in about 20 seconds, then choose someone to pass on to!”

Regenerative cultures reminder

“We are transitioning towards (regenerative) cultures where we respect and listen and do not interrupt. We deal with conflict when it arises using short feedback loops. We cultivate healthy boundaries by slowing down our Yes and returning tasks we are unable to complete and we do not blame and shame. These are cultures built on care and support, where we arrive on time for commitments. We are all crew.”

This is a very standard 'regen' reminder, but could also choose to share a short poem or look throught this longer list of suggested options. DO WE HAVE THIS?

Group agreement

The group agreement is a list of additional needs a Circle has, on top of what is included in the Constitution, Principles & Values, and Ways of Working. HOW TO MAKE THIS BIT RELEVANT TO LGS

Purpose of the meeting

It is helpful for everyone to be clear as to what the meeting is about so that everyone knows what to expect and to keep the meeting on track. As a Local Group, your meeting will likely be your regular weekly/fortnightly/monthly meeting. At times you may organise a meeting about a specific issue, action or event.

Action point review

Action Points from past meetings are reviewed. This should be brief and is not a discussion. This should be an open opportunity for people to ask for help, or hand back tasks they are no longer able to complete.


These are updates from

  • anyone who has something to bring from a sub-circle or working group (basically if one person at the meeting is representing another group of people working together on something revelant to the meeting).
  • There might be updates from the External Coordinator of your group if they have attended a Nation/Region meeting.
  • Updates from anyone who has attended a revelant non-XR meeting or event

Each update should be concise. They should not be discussions, but if they need to be talked through they should be added as items to the agenda.

The agenda

You may have taken up 20 minutes of the meeting. So depending on how long the meeting is planned for, the rest of the agenda should fit comfortably and not feel rushed. You may want to 'roll-over' items to the next meeeting if time needs to be spent on more urgent items. I ADDED THIS BIT!

Build and finalise the agenda

There are different ways to compile an agendas. Typically it would be through the Internal Coordinator before the meeting, but it could also be done in the meeting by asking everyone if they have anything to add.

To help direct an agenda item, consider what you need from the attendees:

  • Report - Share information or give updates
  • Explore - A discussion, time to generate ideas
  • Decision - Make a decision

Also, when framing an agenda item, consider:

  • What are you bringing?
  • Why are you bringing it?
  • What do you need from this meeting?
Deliver the agenda

The facilitator will then deliver the agenda. Items will time-limited, and by the end of the item there will usually be a list of next steps; perhaps the item needs to come back to a future meeting, or there will be a list of tasks that need to be allocated and completed.

Action points

The minute-taker should record all the action Points from the meeting, including what is to be done, who is doing it, and when it is to be done.
These action points can be noted in bold in the minutes as e.g
AP Greta - make school strike placard

End the meeting

The last 10 minutes of the meeting should be used to bring it to a close.

Set the date of the next meeting

If your meeting is regular, take time to remind people when the next one is.

If the meeting is irregular, take time to set a date for the next meeting before everyone leaves.


Like check-ins and the regenerative cultures reminder, check-outs and the vision reminder are core parts of XR’s commitment to creating regenerative work environments.

Run check-outs as you would a check-in.

Vision Reminder (Solemn Intention)

“Let us take a moment to consider why we are here. Let’s recall our love for the whole of humanity, in all corners of the world. Let’s remember our love for this beautiful planet that feeds, nourishes and sustains all life. Let’s recollect our sincere desire to protect all this, for now, and for generations to come. As we act today/this week, may we find the courage to bring this sense of peace and appreciation to everyone we encounter, to every word we speak, and to every action we make. In this emergency. Together. Rooted in love. We are all we need.”