Three Reasons Why Convergent Facilitation is Beneficial to Focusers
An exciting, upcoming training with Miki Kashtan will involve Convergent Facilitation, a new and powerful method of particular benefit to Focusers.
1. Convergent Facilitation is an approach you can use within your own family.
Focusing practice can be a great way to develop our listening skills. Yet if we want to leverage those listening skills to facilitate group decision-making, many of us have found that it can be helpful to have a bit more of a framework. Even if we are not professional facilitators, Convergent Facilitation can be easily used in our families, and in other small groups to which we belong.
2. Convergent Facilitation is based on Non-Violent Communications principles.
While you don’t need prior knowledge of NVC to attend this workshop, Miki is a renowned NVC trainer, and her facilitation work has a deep foundation in NVC.
Focusing and NVC have historical connections (both Eugene Gendlin and Marshall Rosenberg were students of Carl Rogers). Also, the “crossings” between Focusing and NVC can be quite fruitful, as we know from Beatrice Blake’s work in El Salvador. So, if you are a Focuser who has some knowledge of and appreciation for NVC, you might be quite interested to see how those principles can be used in group facilitation.
3. Effective, respectful ways of working from different perspectives are needed.
Our organizations, our communities, our neighborhood groups, our political parties – you name it – there is a universal need for ways of working together that are both humane and effective.
So, Focusers: In whatever context we are working in or playing in, supporting groups to work together effectively is key. The kind of Listening that we practice in Focusing, is already a huge part of this. Come learn how you can expand and apply your existing skills, to help groups work together more effectively.
Even if you can’t join us this time around, you might enjoy reading the following two articles. The first is Miki’s landmark case study with Minnesota lawmakers, where she helped them find consensus on a very polarizing issue.
The second is a brief opinion piece that Miki published in the New York Times, on how to build teamwork in organizations.
If you can join us, it will be great to see you there! And regardless, we will greatly appreciate any help in spreading the word to others who may be interested. You can forward this e-mail to a friend, or post it on your FB page. Thanks so much!
To register or for more information about this training, please click here.