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Master Class in Large Group Facilitation Set for October

Large group methods, virtually unknown twenty years ago, are being used world wide to address complex organizational and community issues. These large group working sessions are task focused and results oriented. They have proven to be an invaluable method for strategic planning, organization design, working specific strategic issues, process re-design and for complex projects that cross the boundaries of functions, departments and organizations. They build the indispensable relationships needed for coherence and alignment within an organization or community.

The goal of this 3-day course, titled “Master Class in Large Group Design and Facilitation for Leaders and Consultants,” is to share with you the magic of whole systems work, and equip you with the tools to design your own large group meetings whether they involve 30 people or several thousand. The course will take place October 24-26 in Stowe, Vermont.

NCDD members receive a 15% discount on this course. The fee for the seminar is $1490 ($1267 for NCDD members). Contact Ferne Kuhn at 610-725-0444 or ferne@gilsteil.com for more info on the training (or go to http://gilsteil.com/), or learn more about all the discounts we’ve negotiated for NCDD members.

Here’s How You Will Benefit…

  • Discover the System Coherence framework as a platform for large group designs.
  • Learn how to listen for systemic issues.
  • Determine when, why and how to apply large group methods to capture the expertise that is distributed throughout the system – your organization or community.
  • Deepen your foundation of large group design principles.
  • Apply these principles to a design uniquely tailored to your own situation – a real case.

The Collaboration Imperative Seminar offers:

  • An extensive notebook with all course materials, including “tried and true” meeting activities.
  • In-depth case studies.
  • Peer consultation on your own meeting design.
  • Presentations and discussion of design principles and seminal large group models.
  • A CD that includes tools and design templates you can re-produce for creating your own designs.
  • The opportunity to gain from the experience and knowledge of facilitators who have been successfully creating and facilitating large group meetings for over 20 years.

Nancy Aronson, Ph.D and Gilbert Steil Jr. are facilitating this workshop.

Nancy Aronson, Ph.D
Nancy has been bringing practical, collaborative methods to organizations and communities facing complex issues since 1980. She has extensive experience designing and facilitating large-scale change efforts that include the use of large group methods. She has relished the opportunity to work with outstanding leaders and colleagues during her career. She is a founder and partner of Arsht/Aronson and holds degrees in group dynamics and applied learning theory.

Gilbert Steil, Jr.
Gilbert Steil has made large group interventions the heart of his consulting practice since 1990. He has a passion for designing task focused working meetings that elicit a spirit of collaboration in everyone. Prior to starting his consulting practice, he led complex organizations for 25 years. Gilbert holds degrees in mathematics and organization development.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. Lonnie Weiss says:

    This master class is worth its weight in gold… or any comparable glowing metaphor you choose. If you lead or support/consult to complex organizations, communities or groups and are looking for an infusion of smart principles, just enough theory and well-designed practice in working with the whole system in the room, this program is for you. Nancy and Gill are vastly experienced and bring intelligence and nuanced models of group leadership to their design. Check it out!

  2. Jill Golde says:

    I took this course last spring and it was wonderful–well designed, brilliantly facilitated, very practical and filled with applicable concepts and tools for designing and facilitating a way to help an organization move forward on any issue.

    It's great for leaders and consultants in any organization who believe in the power of engaging others to accomplish great results.

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