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The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings

In their book, The Art of Convening, authors Craig and Patricia Neal explore their “Art of Convening” engagement model and how it goes “beyond facilitating”. According to their book, convening creates an environment in which all voices are heard, profound exchanges take place, and transformative action results. The heart of this book is the Convening Wheel — a series of nine steps, or Aspects, that bring the practices and principles needed for authentic engagement together as a whole. The book provides exercises, stories, and questions […] (continue)

Training and Facilitation Tools from The Communications Center

The Communications Center, Inc., based in Columbia, Missouri, is a consultancy led by Sarah Read and Dave Overfelt that helps individuals, organizations, and communities improve communication and thinking skills so they can work better together. In addition to a workbook, The Communications Center has developed a number of products that support training and facilitation services. The following products are offered: Dialogue Cards and Techniques This set of cards helps individuals understand and practice dialogue skills. The cards can be used in training by small groups […] (continue)

Gather: The Art and Science of Effective Convening

Over the last century, The Rockefeller Foundation has seen the incredible power of convening to create shared dialogue, to debate pathways to impact and to catalyze groundbreaking ideas and history making sectors. Learning from this past, the Foundation and our partners at Monitor Institute saw a critical and unmet need to document the skills, training, and competencies that go into a successful convening.  They present the result of two years of work with the 2013 publication of Gather: The Art and Science of Effective Convening – a unique guidebook for convening […] (continue)

Life Diagrams

Submitted to NCDD by Scott Ranville, President of HLP (Human Life Project). Scott can be contacted at scottranville at humanlifeproject dot com. A life diagram is a graphic snapshot of the most significant days and events of your life. Children and adults are encouraged to make a life diagram and revisit it every few years. For parents, this could be an instrumental tool to understand your child’s current perspective. Adults and teens should gain a greater awareness of important relationships and experiences as well as the impact […] (continue)

Circle Process

We found this description of the “Circle Process” here on the Art of Hosting website. The circle, or council, is an ancient form of meeting that has gathered human beings into respectful conversation for thousands of years. The circle has served as the foundation for many cultures. What transforms a meeting into a circle is the willingness of people to shift from informal socializing or opinionated discussion into a receptive attitude of thoughtful speaking and deep listening and to embody and practice the structures outlined here. (continue)

Seven Norms of Collaboration

These norms from Garmston Wellman build group energy, commitment, and effectiveness. Pausing. Not all brains work at the same rate or use the same processes. There are four types of pauses: 1) after a question, 2) after someone speaks, 3) personal reflection time, and 4) the collective pause (structured or spontaneous). Pausing, then paraphrasing are two steps that set up deeper types of discussion. Paraphrasing. To help the group be as receptive as possible, avoid using “I” as you paraphrase. Instead, try using the following openers: (continue)

Lane Change: Graphic Facilitator/Recorder

Based in San Francisco, Lane Change offers graphic facilitation and recording services by practitioners with a deep understanding of group processes and the psychology of change. They create murals of your conversations using text and imagery that can be used to support the change you are creating. They have worked with groups of people from 3-300 from around the globe. Their approach and portfolio can be viewed on their website. Resource Link:  http://www.lanechangeconsulting.com Submitted by Nevada Lane, principal graphic recorder at Lane Change Consulting, via […] (continue)

The Manager as Facilitator of Dialogue

NCDD member Joe Raelin, Northeastern University – D’Amore-McKim School of Business, contributed the following paper using NCDD’s Add-A-Resource form… Given the inquiry among NCDD adherents on methods of conversation to generate collective wisdom, this article prescribes some criteria and a series of norms to assess the quality of discourse as parties seek to deliberate with one another for purposes of mutual exploration, decision making, and shared action. I also wrote the article to presage a new role for managers (be they in the public, civic, or private […] (continue)

See In Colors – Helping Your Group See The Big Picture

See In Colors is a graphic recording / facilitation consulting firm serving the local Washington, DC metro area (DC, MD, VA), capturing conversations with hand drawn pictures and text to spark ideas and boost understanding among participants, enriching facilitation and learning. Resource Link: http://seeincolors.com/ Submitted by Lisa Nelson, creative director of See in Colors, via NCDD’s Add-A-Resource form. (continue)

The Promise and Problems of Online Deliberation

This 2011 Kettering Foundation working paper by Laura W. Black focuses on the question: To what extent can digital media truly offer potential opportunities for deliberative decision making, particularly the practice of deliberation itself? To address this question, this working paper assesses features of online deliberation by reviewing online deliberative tools, examples of other potentially deliberative websites, and relevant academic research. (continue)

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