Beware the Delphi Technique! This time in Billings, Montana

Buried near the end of this news account from Billings, MT about churches preparing welcoming kits for refugees is a bit of information you need to know more about—no matter what political issue concerns you!

First wade through a discussion about World Relief Spokane’s Mark Kadel as he brags about how he is proactive with the media to get out a “welcoming” message about refugees to head off the unwelcoming locals.

He says his work in Spokane with the media has helped keep a lid on the controversy that now embroils nearby Missoula, MT.  (See also this morning’s post on Rutland, VT where it looks like the media lid is off!).

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St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will host a “constructive conversation” about Syrian refugee resettlement on May 21st.

This is what I want to get to…..

Near the end of the longish piece we learn that a Billings Presbyterian Church is going to hold a community meeting about Syrian refugees on May 21.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Billings invites area residents to engage in constructive conversations about Syrian refugees on Saturday, May 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the church, 180 24th St. W.

With a target of 10,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in the United States by Sept. 30, Montanans are discussing whether Syrian refugees would be welcome in this state or if security issues are more important than the welfare of Syrians.

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Participants will join in small groups, with some members in favor of settling Syrian refugees in Montana and others who are concerned about the safety and security of citizens if Syrian refugees are permitted. A facilitator will encourage each person to tell his or her story and background, after which participants will explore any areas of common agreement. [Keep in mind that this ‘story and background’ mumbo jumbo is just one more strategy used to play on your emotions and stop logical debate.—ed]

The goal, according to a press release from the church, “is to learn to listen to others and to share our opinions in a civil manner, trying to understand each other without a need to come to any conclusions.”

For more information or to register for the free event, call the church weekday mornings at 656-9256 or write to office@standrewbillings.org.

Please state whether you are for or against the acceptance of Syrian refugees. This project is supported by a peace-making grant provided to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church by the Yellowstone Presbytery.

[LOL! they need to know in advance if you are for or against Syrians coming to Montana. Why?—ed]

Why is this so interesting to me (and should be to you)?

Because this is an example of the Delphi Technique, a system first developed over 50 years ago that is used now to direct the outcome of a public meeting to a pre-determined conclusion.  This (click here) is a good description of it.

The process used to “facilitate” the meeting is called the Delphi Technique. This Delphi Technique was developed by the RAND Corporation for the U.S. Department of Defense back in the 1950s. It was originally intended for use as a psychological weapon during the cold war.

However, it was soon recognized that the steps of Delphi could be very valuable in manipulating ANY meeting toward a predetermined end.

There are many variations, but here is a simple description of what I predict will happen (and what you can consider doing) at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church:

Instead of the entire audience hearing the various critics of the idea of bringing refugees to Montana, the critics will be subsumed into small groups where the majority likely will be supporters of the proposition (refugees welcome) and have planned ahead for how to argue within your small group.

You, the critic in one group, will not hear what critics in other groups are saying.  The facilitator in each group will have been carefully chosen in advance (he or she will favor resettlement of refugees in Montana). Of course a smart facilitator will be slick, and you, the critic, will feel like your concerns have been heard.

But, since you are in the minority (unless many many critics show up!) when the group comes back together in the body of the whole, you will be made to feel that your opinion was the minority opinion and may not even be mentioned when wrap-up reports are given by each facilitator.

Media reports of the gathering will say that the majority of Billings citizens want to welcome refugees.

It seems to me that if you are planning to attend and are of the opinion that impoverished third world refugees from mostly the Middle East and Africa will not benefit your community you have several choices.

First, don’t participate at all and maybe protest outside.

Or, participate but stand up at the beginning and demand that you don’t break into small groups—then everyone hears everyone’s else’s concerns and ideas.  If they insist on the break-out groups (because their entire strategy is based on Delphi), you walk out (and complain to the press).

Or, if there are enough of you to make sure each small group has a large compliment of critics, and you are all prepared for their strategy, then it might be worth participating.

When you are participating be firm (and stay calm!) and do not allow anyone in your group (the pro-refugee people) to wander into a discussion about moral duty. Make them stick to the facts—cost of the program, employment, housing, security and so forth.

It is important to stay calm and reasoned because one important part of the Delphi Strategy is to show you as crazy people and the facilitators (the pro-refugee resettlement people) as the professional-sounding ‘good’ people.  Anyone attending who has not made up their mind will then naturally tend to relate to those people—the nice-sounding people—instead of you.

Make sure you get to the media when it’s over and don’t allow the sponsoring group to monopolize any reporters present.  If no reporters are present, then call your local media yourself—right away!

There might be other things you can think of to do, I’m not an expert, but I have seen it done to unsuspecting citizens often enough to recognize it!

And, please, please, all of you who plan to attend, click here and read the strategy on how you can defeat the Delphi Technique!

If you are not a regular reader of RRW and are wondering what the heck is going on in Montana, click here.

 

17 thoughts on “Beware the Delphi Technique! This time in Billings, Montana”

  1. Brother,

    I’ll bet Greg’s church is suffering the Delphi Technique applied to propagandize for more immigration.

    See below, if you haven’t already read this post.

    Sis

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  2. The Delphi technique has been very familiar to education reformers for the last two decades. Nationwide, we’ve seen progressivist schools, unions and government agencies twist public opinion and impose control on supposedly public meetings. Here is an extensive page I put together for the Illinois Loop on the Delphi technique, how to recognize it and how to fight it: http://www.illinoisloop.org/committees.html

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    1. Wow!!! That is fabulous! I see I just touched the surface! All of us need to know all of these strategies and how to defeat them. Over 25 years ago the National Park Service and some ‘preservation’ groups were going to attempt to control the property surrounding a national park and they so blatantly used Delphi to snooker the local people. It took us some time to catch on and we didn’t know it had a name, but you have explained exactly what they did!

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  3. This is not the Delphi Technique that I learned and used successfully many times. The difference is that all participants see the proposals of everyone, not a select few!

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  4. Last but not least let me explain to you that the Presbyterian church is dying and desperate for $. If the first words out of that church are not how Christ died for you and for me then they are one of the 6 churches in the book of Revelation. Well I will just tell you which one- They have left their first love. There is a reason why a BAPTIST church was not asked to have this campfire s’mores kumbaya event. It is because after 5 minutes of shaking hands with smiling people, a cup of coffee, 15 minutes of praise music, a welcome message then a stirring sermon in their own language they would be invited to give their life to Jesus Christ because His yoke is easy and his burden is light. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”- Jesus

    So not only are Syrians being plopped down into an alien culture they are left with no option but to die in their sins thanks to Obama and the fake churches. Christ is in the least and I am compelled to help with food and water and a place to lay their heads. “Whatsoever you have done for the least of these you have done for me.”- Jesus Baptist churches are also great at disaster relief but you are going to hear about Jesus when we serve Muslims din din.

    http://billion.tv/2012/01/18/10-global-churches-larger-than-americas-largest/

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  5. From the article- “The goal, according to a press release from the church, “is to learn to listen to others and to share our opinions in a civil manner, trying to understand each other without a need to come to any conclusions.”
    This translates to bending over and having terrorist networks shoved up our asses without a vote. Ever notice how we’re always the ones with the problem? We’re the ones that are the enemy not Islam. Like Rush Limbaugh I get tired of explaining stuff. The differences between Islam and western civ. is night and day. Our whole form of government will have to be replaced to ultimately give them what comes natural…which is to turn each part of the world they live in into Hell on earth.

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  6. The response to this needs to be organized. The immigration industry will be organized, so concerned citizens of Billings should coordinate beforehand and hold a rally outside.

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    1. I don’t live anywhere near Billngs, MT but I wish I did so I could go to this meeting! (I live in Virginia). Thanks for this article, Ann, and especially the description and link about the “Delphi technique”. I’ve never heard the term before, but the process described sounds eerily familiar. I wonder if another good strategy at a meeting like this is to ask the moderator (in front of the full group) who has organized the meeting and what is their *stake* or interest in the resettlement issue? A cagey/non-commital answer might prick the audience’s ears up.

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      1. Ask many many questions in a calm and reasoned tone. It is o.k. though if you have one or two questioners who pop off and use angry tones. But, be sure that some on your side are polite and firm. There will be people there who haven’t fully made up their minds and they will tend to shy away from the side that sounds crazed with anger.

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