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Announcing Public Conversations’ Spring 2012 Workshops

The Public Conversations Project’s unique, experiential workshops equip people from all fields with knowledge, skills and tools for preventing and transforming deep conflict. This spring, PCP (an NCDD organizational member) is offering a series of workshops from Boston to Pittsburgh to Seattle. Whether you’re experiencing this approach for the first time or adding to your skill set as a seasoned professional, PCP’s workshops offer powerful learning opportunities.

Note that these workshops have limited enrollments. Discounts are available for NCDD dues-paying members (see more info on these and other discounts at www.ncdd.org/discounts). Continuing Education credits are available through NBCC and MAMFT. For more info or assistance, email inquiry@publicconversations.org.

The spring workshops are:

  • Transforming Divisive Conversation: A Workshop for Clergy and Lay Leaders
  • Facilitating with Purpose and Poise—Even When Things Get Hot
  • Civic Conversations: Building Capacity for Respectful Dialog in a Democracy
  • The Power of Dialogue: Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues
  • Principles and Practices of Meeting Design: An Interactive Workshop

Transforming Divisive Conversation: A Workshop for Clergy and Lay Leaders

April 16, Minneapolis, MN

Like all communities, communities of faith are characterized as much by their diversity as by their shared identity, beliefs and values. Conflict can arise in times of transition, or around differences in theology, worship, and identity. Transforming Divisive Conversation will explore ways that congregational leaders can approach conflict, prevent corrosive interactions and help their members engage each other in constructive ways.

Facilitators: Public Conversations’ Bob Stains + Rabbi Amy Eilberg of Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning

Early Bird Special: $125 (ends March 5). Regular fee: $150. Please register by March 26. More at www.publicconversations.org/workshops/transforming.

Facilitating with Purpose and Poise—Even When Things Get Hot

April 17-18, Minneapolis, MN

Anyone who leads meetings can be thrown off balance when difficult moments arise. The difficulty might be an unexpected tense moment among group members, or it may come in the form of a challenge to your legitimacy. Whether you’re a civic or religious leader, trainer, committee chair, organizer, manager, or other kind of facilitator, the tools and training provided in Facilitating With Purpose and Poise will help you deepen your self-awareness as a leader of conversation and develop constructive, purposeful responses to the challenges you experience.

Facilitators: Public Conversations’ Bob Stains + Maggie Herzig

Early Bird Special: $250 (ends March 6). Regular fee: $300. Please register by March 27. More at www.publicconversations.org/workshops/purpose-and-poise.

Civic Conversations: Building Capacity for Respectful Dialog in a Democracy

April 24, Wellesley, MA

A workshop in partnership with the Center for Courage and Renewal Northeast

In our increasingly complex and conflicted world, we continue to work at perfecting what it means to be citizens in a democracy. How do we forge bonds of community that support respectful debate, consensus-building, and solutions that grow out of common purpose in times of challenge? In Civic Conversations, participants will explore the skills and competencies required for genuine and generative participation in civic life.

Facilitators: Public Conversations’ Bob Stains + Courage and Renewal Northeast’s Pamela Seigle

Fee: $150. Please register by March 24. Learn more at www.publicconversations.org/workshops/civic-conversations.

The Power of Dialogue: Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues

Our signature workshop offers a deep exploration of Reflective Structured Dialogue, an intentional communication process marked by its unique capacity to reduce threat and foster mutual understanding across lines of deep difference. Through immersion in an intensive case simulation, participants will learn about the dynamics of polarization and conflict, and explore modes of communication that increase trust, re-humanize opponents and shift relationships. All of these are key steps in the process of breaking gridlock, moving beyond conflict, and building strong communities. Develop your dialogue design and facilitation skills with The Power of Dialogue. Learn more at www.publicconversations.org/workshops/power-dialogue.

May 2-4, Watertown, MA
Facilitators: Public Conversations’ Corky Becker + Family Dinner Project’s John Sarrouf
Early Bird Special: $375 (ends March 21). Regular fee: $450. Please register by April 11.

May 3-5, Pittsburgh, PA
Facilitators: Public Conversations’ Dave Joseph + Ify Mora of the Barr Foundation
Early Bird Special: $375 (ends April 5). Regular fee: $450. Please register by April 12.

May 31-June 2, Seattle, WA
Facilitators: Public Conversations’ Sallyann Roth + Bob Stains
Early Bird Special: $375 (ends April 19). Regular fee: $450. Please register by May 10.

Principles and Practices of Meeting Design: An Interactive Workshop

June 13, Watertown, MA

Most of us have spent thousands of hours in meetings, as leaders and participants. Some of those meetings have been time well spent; others have been frustrating and unconstructive. In this workshop you will learn design and facilitation principles and techniques that create more engaging and satisfying meetings in small or large groups, in communities, organizations, or in the workplace.

Facilitators: Public Conversations’ Maggie Herzig + Bob Stains

Early Bird Special: $125 (ends May 2). Regular fee: $150. Please register by May 23. Learn more at www.publicconversations.org/workshops/principles-and-practices-meeting-design-interactive-workshop.

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