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Come Learn With Us: Public Conversations’ Fall 2012 Workshops

Do you live and work with people who have different points of view? Have you had to handle conflict in your community or organization? Strengthen your dialogue design and facilitation skills with our upcoming workshops.

The Public Conversations Project is an organizational member of NCDD and we’re proud to say a Co-Sponsor of the 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation as well!

New: Bring a friend or colleague and receive a 20% discount on both registrations.
As usual, NCDD dues-paying members receive a 15% discount.

Transforming Divisive Conversation: A Workshop for Clergy and Lay Leaders
October 2, Milwaukee

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. Dealing with conflict while it’s happening is challenging at best. Transforming Divisive Conversation explores ways to prevent corrosive interactions and promote more constructive engagement through careful planning and participant preparation.

Facilitating with Purpose and Poise—Even When Things Get Hot
October 3-4, Milwaukee
December 4-5, Boston

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 the leader’s 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 respond to challenges constructively and with intention, while enhancing your self-awareness.

The Power of Dialogue: Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues
November 13-15, Minneapolis

Do you work with groups challenged by deep differences? Do you need new ways to help them engage? Come experience The Power of Dialogue! 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 understanding, re-humanize opponents and shift relationships. 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 about all of PCP’s upcoming workshops at http://publicconversations.org/workshop-table.

*The Public Conversations Project’s workshops have limited enrollments. PCP offers discounts to NAFCM members and NCDD dues-paying members. Continuing Education units are available through NBCC and MAMFT. Any of our workshops can be adapted and customized to bring to your community or organization. For more information or assistance, please contact inquiry@publicconversations.org.

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