THE ART OF PUPPETEERING part three.
a cut n paste collection of narratives relating to Perception Management, Steering Opinions, and Master Hoodwinkers.
THIS ALL NEEDS TIDYING AND EDITING...I WILL DO IT LATER
If people believe that an idea is their own idea, then they'll support it.
But If they believe an idea is being forced on them, they'll resist.
There are a number of ways to arrive at a pre-ordained group consensus, within time limits, while preserving the illusion that there is group participation in the decision-making process.
The group facilitator must be perceived as being neutral and non-judgmental, when in reality the very opposite is actually true.
The facilitator's hidden purpose is to direct the meeting to a preset conclusion.
The facilitator quickly identifies individuals within the group who are "leaders," and "loud mouths," as well as those who are "weak and non-committal".
The facilitator plays devil's advocate and deliberately escalates tensions among group members. The hidden purpose is to ultimately ensure that the pre-ordained viewpoint will appear to be "sensible," and all opposing views will appear "ridiculous". A "divide and conquer" technique
The "targets" rarely, if ever, realize that they are being manipulated.
During this polarisation the facilitator is gradually seen as being the group's friend. The desired outcome can then be placed on the table and individual opinions can be sought to discuss it. Soon members of the divided group begin to adopt the idea as if it were their own, and they variously apply pressure on the entire group to accept their proposition (while any truly stubborn individuals will have been successfully alienated by being perceived as being unreasonable, inarticulate, or too dogmatic.).
So why have meetings if the outcome is already established?
Because, as previously emphasised, it is imperative to the continued well-being of the agenda that the majority of people be facilitated into ownership of the preset outcome.
Likewise, it is imperative to the continued well-being of the agenda that the majority of people perceive that their input counts.
This scenario is being used very effectively to move meetings to a preset conclusion, and citizens are being effectively facilitated into ownership of preset outcomes, perceiving that their input resulted therein, when the reality is that the outcome was already established by people not apparent to the citizen participants.
Consistent use of this technique to control public participation in our political system is a cause for alarm among people who cherish the concept of genuine democracy.
some ground rules for disrupting the consensus process when facilitators want to steer a group in a specific direction.
Always Be Charming (the facilitator wants you to lose your temper), Stay Focused and Be Persistent....
It is useful to have 2 or 3 allies dispersed through the crowd; so that when the facilitator digresses from the question, they will stand up and say nicely, "but you didn't answer that lady's/gentleman's question."
Tomorrow THE ART OF PUPPETEERING part 4