Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire | Sonoma County

Map of the Collaborative Process

Stage 3: Brainstorming and Option Development 


  • Brainstorm all possible options on each issue
  • Compare options to interests
  • Refine interests as needed
  • Prioritize options

Typical Chronology:

  • Team phone conference before each joint meeting to prepare agenda, discuss status
  • 4-7 way meetings to brainstorm options and compare against interests
    • For child issues, Parties-Coaches- Child Specialist
    • For financial issues, Parties-Attorneys-Financial Specialist-Coach(es)
  • 2-3 way meetings (Party-Coach-Attorney) to further refine interests as needed and to explore priorities
  • 4-7 way meetings to prioritize options
  • Party-professional(s) and team debriefings after each meeting
  • Prepare and circulate minutes after each meeting

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