Why use the Quaker Business Method?

The Quaker Business Method is a useful set of tools to make meetings more egalitarian, G*D or community centred, and respectful of the gifts and talents of all members. To ensure that people are heard, who may not usually be heard in meetings, and the doing of that is visible. 

Why use the Quaker Business Method?

  1. To prevent the communities’ actions and projects being skewed by a small group of people, or individual. Clear clerking can ensure the meeting is efficiently run and that the group feels both heard and able to listen. 
  2. Concurrent minutes produce clear records of the decision, its background and often how it was arrived it, to help current and future readers.
  3. Using the QBM can help bring divisive groups to understanding or unity – while accepting that there may still be differences of opinion. 
  4. To ensure that the decisions are owned by the community members, that their goals and projects are achieved. Allows the group to move to action, or to support a small group/individual to move to action (concern). 
  5. Allows the community to develop the skills, gifts and talents of all members, outside of their obvious ‘pigeonholes’. The QBM can be a structure that supports someone to do a role that they’re not suited for, and yet ensure the meeting survives this period healthily.

This is a brief overview – to learn more about how to use the Quaker Business Method to have better meetings or to learn more about the different tools and resources we have for clerks and charity administrators explore these resources and courses.