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Introduction to Convergent Facilitation: 1-Day Training in Cleveland

November 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Have you ever dreaded going to a meeting or watched in dismay as a group collapses into conflict?

Interested in learning the key facilitation skills for collaborative decision-making?

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 Dr. 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 – without sacrificing productivity, efficiency, and forward momentum.

The method is versatile: use it for fast emergency response, breaking through bottlenecks, or collaboration throughout the life cycle of a long-term project or complex dispute. It gives you tools to address power differences so everyone at the table can speak frankly about what really matters to them. It even works with highly polarized groups, like the longtime political enemies who recently used Convergent Facilitation to pass landmark legislation in Minnesota.

Who should attend:

  • Mediators and Attorneys: Get new tools to help any number of parties work towards breakthrough solutions, using a process that is transparent to all.
  • Facilitators: Zoom in on the source of conflicts, and learn transformative, practical options that work even when your group seems completely stuck
  • Team leaders: Reap the benefits of whole-hearted collaboration: buy-in at all levels, a more cohesive team, and better decisions informed by stakeholder needs.
  • Community organizers, board members, and activists: Learn to surface people’s core concerns and reach consensus decisions where no one is marginalized, while avoiding long, draining, divisive meetings.

What you can take away:

  • A practical, step-by-step process for discovering breakthrough solutions to problems that seemed unsolvable
  • A strategy that helps people transcend conflicts, stretch beyond their initial positions, and embrace a decision that attends to everyone’s needs
  • Many ways to keep a meeting moving forward without leaving anyone behind.

Introduction to Convergent Facilitation

Learn a three-stage model of collaborative decision-making and the key facilitation skills for each step. Develop skills for transparency, efficiency, handling power differences, and increasing trust at every stage of the process. Bring your own examples of real-life group decisions or conflicts to explore how Convergent Facilitation could work in your situation. Miki’s teaching focuses on examples from participants’ real lives, so you’re prepared to use the Convergent Facilitation framework as soon as you return to work.

About the trainer

Dr. Miki Kashtan is a native of Israel, and now San Francisco Bay area via New York. She has a PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley and studied with Marshall Rosenberg, founder of NVC, Nonviolent Communication. She is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration.   She trains all over the globe and has helped hundreds of people work together better in nonprofits, corporations, community groups, and government agencies, among others. She helped family law attorneys in Minnesota collaborate to craft and pass landmark legislation for custody matters.

Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future, was published in February 2015. She is also the author of Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives, and The Little Book of Courageous Living.

Information / Registration

Interested in attending? RSVPs and/or Questions?  Contact Sharon Comet-Epstein. Registration information will be sent separately.

CEU and CLE credit will be requested.

Co-sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections; Center for Principled Family Advocacy (CPFA); and Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO)



November 9, 2017
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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1375 E 9th St #2
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States