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Collaborating for a Shared Purpose – Ithaca, NY

November 2, 2018 - November 3, 2018

One thought, one conversation, one meeting at a time

Led by Miki Kashtan, PhD, from the Center for Efficient Collaboration and BayArea NonViolent Communication, and Uma Lo, Center for Efficient Collaboration

This workshop will take place over two full days, 10am-6pm.
Participants can choose to attend both days or just one.
Cost includes lunch and snacks: $150 for one day or $250 for both days.

While most of us are inspired by the idea of collaborating meaningfully with others and contributing together to a purpose larger than ourselves, we also tend to distrust that this is actually possible – whether it’s across lines of authority, cultural or class differences, or even with members of our own teams. This 2-day workshop is about helping us find the inner strength and the tools that can support us in bringing the spirit of collaboration to our work and life, one thought, one conversation, and one meeting at a time.

What exactly will we consider?

  • Why systems matter – and what groups, communities, and organizations can do to encourage collaboration
  • What it is about power relations that makes collaboration less likely – and what we can do to form human relationships across those power differences;
  • How collaboration can improve decision-making and deliver more robust outcomes with a lot of buy-in;
  • Ways we can support our own and others’ sense of choice when we engage in new ways; and
  • Tips to help us notice our own internal blocks to collaboration – and transcend them.

If you are working with anyone on any project – from social change work to a workplace initiative to making your family function for everyone’s benefit –you are likely to leave this workshop with specific, practical tools and approaches for establishing an environment that supports collaboration for a shared purpose.

Specifically, this workshop is designed to focus on:

  • How to remain open to collaboration while holding on to what’s important to you;
  • Skills and practices that can enable you to engage with conflict collaboratively;
  • Tips designed to enable teams to function more effectively and harmoniously;
  • Ways you might reclaim the benefits of collaboration for your group or organization.


This workshop is organized by the Center for Transformative Action in collaboration with Communications Matters.


The Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University


Follow this link for more information and to register. Registration closes October 26. Space is limited.

Questions? Please contact Anke Wessels by email  or 607-255-6202

About Miki Kashtan

Miki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration. Miki aims to support visionary leadership and shape a livable future using collaborative tools based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication. She shares these tools through meeting facilitation, mediation, consulting, coaching, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future (2015) explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society. Miki blogs at The Fearless Heart and her articles have appeared in the New York Times (“Want Teamwork? Encourage Free Speech”), Tikkun, Waging Nonviolence, Shareable, Peace and Conflict, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley.

Parking & Transportation

Friday: The Africana Center has limited parking on Friday. Visitors must park in the six designated guest spaces. Please note that one of the spaces is specifically designated for those visitors who need accessible parking. All visitors parking in guest parking must sign the parking register located on the door to Room 103.

If the guest spaces are full, visitors should park at the nearest Parkmobile site, Hurlburt House (Ecology House), at 111 Country Club Road, directly behind the Africana Center. Please visit the Parkmobile website for more information.

Saturday: All the spaces in the Africana Center’s parking lot are available on Saturday. There is overflow parking at the Hurlburt House (Ecology House,) 111 Country Club Road, directly behind the Africana Center.

Many TCAT buses stop near the Africana Studies & Research Center. The #81 and #82 stops at the corner of Triphammer and Jessup. The #32 will make an on demand stop outside of the building. Click here for more information on TCAT. Please note that the academic year and summer bus schedules are different for your planning purposes.

Africana has bike racks near the main entrance.

Africana is about a 15 minute walk from Day Hall.

Refund policy

Complete refunds will be provided up to 30 days before the event start date.




November 2, 2018
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Africana Center
310 Triphammer Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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