The third party facilitator is recognized by all participants as someone who is genuinely committed to protecting the people and the process in the charrette. The third party role is invaluable for creating an atmosphere of trust for all participants. At minimum, the charrette requires someone who can play the third party role when necessary. In many cases, local staff members have too much history to effectively be a third party. Although it is a bit of a high-wire act, it is possible for a conscientious charrette leader to assume a third party role and provide content.
21 January 2011