Have you ever dreaded going to a meeting or watched in dismay as a group collapses into conflict?
If you work with groups that struggle to make decisions or collaborate effectively, this workshop is for you. You’ll receive intensive training in Convergent Facilitation, a unique decision-making process developed by Miki Kashtan based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication.
Convergent Facilitation taps into a group’s shared purpose and leads to decisions that everyone truly supports. Use it to:
- reach a quick decision in an emergency situation
- break through a bottleneck within a group
- support collaboration throughout the life cycle of a long-term project
Other meeting facilitation courses teach participants how to set an agenda, brainstorm, prioritize, and end a meeting on time. But they don’t address the underlying reasons most meetings aren’t productive—there isn’t enough trust in the room for people to voice their real concerns, the conflicts people have aren’t addressed to anyone’s satisfaction, and people say they’re willing to compromise in the meeting and then sabotage the decision later on.
This practical workshop, offered in partnership with Community Boards, shows you how to build trust, transcend conflict, and make collaborative decisions without sacrificing productivity.
- For managers: Reap the benefits of whole-hearted collaboration: better decisions informed by stakeholder needs, buy-in at all levels, and a more cohesive team.
- For community organizers: Learn to surface people’s core concerns and reach consensus decisions where no one is marginalized, while avoiding long, draining, divisive meetings.
- For facilitators: Zoom in on the source of conflicts, and learn transformative, practical options that work even when your group seems completely stuck.
- For mediators: Get new tools to help any number of parties work towards breakthrough solutions, using a process that is transparent to all.
Trainer and collaboration consultant Miki Kashtan has helped people work together better in nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, and the Minnesota state legislature, among others. Miki’s teaching focuses on hands-on practice and examples from participants’ real lives, so you’re prepared to use the Convergent Facilitation framework as soon as you return to work.
“Convergent Facilitation hits that sweet spot of efficiency and effectiveness. It honors different viewpoints but doesn’t let meetings get bogged down in endless conversations and arguments.”
— Leslie Becknell Marx, facilitator and trainer, formerly with IBM, Proctor & Gamble, and Coca-Cola
Date and location
October 2-4, 2015, 10am-5pm
Community Room at 10th & Mission Street Family Housing, 1390 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
The workshop is divided into two parts:
Part 1: Introduction to Convergent Facilitation
Friday, October 2, 10am-5pm | Open to all
See the power of the process in real-life examples, then learn a three-stage model of collaborative decision-making and the essential facilitation skills for each step.
Part 2: Building Your Convergent Facilitation Skills
Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3, 10am-5pm | Prerequisite: Part 1 or a previous Convergent Facilitation workshop
Join these sessions to further deepen and practice the Convergent Facilitation framework. We focus on building skills for transparency, efficiency, and growing trust at every stage of the process. Content on each day will emerge from participants’ needs and interests.
Part 1 only (Introduction to Convergent Facilitation, Oct 2)
Public – $250; After Sept. 4th: $315
Community Boards Member – $195; After Sept. 4th: $260
Part 2 only (Building Your Convergent Facilitation Skills, Oct 3-4; for those who have taken a past workshop in Convergent Facilitation):
Public – $500; After Sept. 4th: $595
Community Boards Member – $425; After Sept. 4th: $520
Parts 1 and 2 (Introduction and Building Skills, Oct 2-4)
Public – $650; After Sept. 4th: $725
Community Boards Member – $575; After Sept. 4th: $650
If you are only able to attend one day of the Building Facilitation Skills portions, please email Adriana at email@example.com
Financial aid is available through Community Boards. Contact Cordell Wesselink at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.