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Jurassic Parliament

Jurassic Parliament

Jurassic Parliament assists nonprofit boards to make better decisions by providing simple but little-known rules and guidelines for effective and productive meetings. The workshops and material are fun, easy to read, and highly practical in their approach to Robert’s Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure.

PO Box 77553
Seattle, WA 98177-0553


Ann Macfarlane
Direct line: 206-542-8422



  • Board coaching & training


  • Board meetings/retreats
  • Community meetings/hearings

About Jurassic Parliament

Jurassic Parliament gives you the tools you need to guide your nonprofit board to better decisions. Using surprising insights from Robert’s Rules of Order, you can run shorter and more productive board meetings. Ann Macfarlane, our principal trainer, provides entertaining, engaging and informative workshops that address the real problems hampering boards in their work.

A well-run meeting empowers all board members to participate and engage. By drawing on the wisdom of the whole group, the board can make better decisions. We also provide training in facilitating larger community meetings, local government meetings, and public hearings. Visit our website to access resources or arrange training.

• Download one of our Cheat Sheets to aid in leading a meeting; for example, “Language Tips for Meeting Management,” is attached.
• Get our “Essential Guidelines for Nonprofit Board Meetings,” attached, for two short pages that distill the essence of Robert’s Rules for your board’s use.
• Schedule a free telephone call with Ann Macfarlane for quick answers to questions.
• Arrange one-on-one coaching to prepare you for even the most difficult meetings.
• Interactive, entertaining and practical in-person or videoconference training can be arranged for your organization’s leadership.
• Our free monthly newsletter has tools and tips for running effective meetings.
• Weekly posts on our blog explore issues more thoroughly.
• Written for city and county councils, but applicable to all nonprofit boards, “Mastering Council Meetings” can be purchased at

Background Info.

Subsector Experience

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Nonprofit sector issues
  • Others: Professional association, Public sector

Fee Structure

  • By project
  • Hourly rate
  • Negotiable

County Availability

  • All WA Counties

County Experience

  • Benton
  • Chelan
  • Clallam
  • Clark
  • Cowlitz
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Kittitas
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Okanogan
  • Pacific
  • Pierce
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
  • Spokane
  • Thurston
  • Whatcom
  • Yakima

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