Convergent Facilitation, 3-day training in New York City with Miki Kashtan
Have you ever dreaded going to a meeting or watched in dismay as a group collapses into conflict?
If you work with groups that struggle to make decisions or collaborate effectively, this workshop is for you. You’ll receive intensive training in Convergent Facilitation, a unique decision-making process developed by Miki Kashtan based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication.
Convergent Facilitation taps into a group’s shared purpose and leads to decisions that everyone truly supports – without sacrificing productivity, efficiency, and forward momentum.
The method is versatile: use it for fast emergency response, breaking through bottlenecks, or collaboration throughout the lifecycle of a long-term project. It gives you tools to address power differences so everyone at the table can speak frankly about what really matters to them. It even works with highly polarized groups, like the longtime political enemies who recently joined together to use Convergent Facilitation to pass landmark legislation in Minnesota.
Who it’s for?
Team leaders: Reap the benefits of whole-hearted collaboration: buy-in at all levels, a more cohesive team, and better decisions informed by stakeholder needs.
Community organizers and activists: Learn to surface people’s core concerns and reach consensus decisions where no one is marginalized, while avoiding long, draining, divisive meetings.
Facilitators: Zoom in on the source of conflicts, and learn transformative, practical options that work even when your group seems completely stuck.
Mediators: Get new tools to help any number of parties work towards breakthrough solutions, using a process that is transparent to all.
What you can take away?
A practical, step-by-step process for discovering breakthrough solutions to problems that seemed unsolvable
A strategy that helps people transcend conflicts, stretch beyond their initial positions, and embrace a decision that attends to everyone’s needs
Many ways to keep a meeting moving forward without leaving anyone behind
Opportunities for ongoing coaching and development. Miki is passionate about cultivating a community of practice around Convergent Facilitation. In 2016, she plans to offer coaching calls and/or other forms of support for people who are practicing and developing these facilitation skills.
Want more details?
Read this case study for a start-to-finish view of the Convergent Facilitation process and its transformative results.
NOTE: Each day starts promptly at 10am, so we appreciate your arriving at 9:45am. Each day will finish around 5pm.
Part 1: Introduction to Convergent Facilitation
Friday,October 21 | Open to all
Learn a three-stage model of collaborative decision-making and the key facilitation skills for each step. Bring your own examples of real-life group decisions or conflicts to explore how Convergent Facilitation could work in your situation.
Part 2: Building Your Convergent Facilitation Skills
Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 | Prerequisite: Part 1 or a previous Convergent Facilitation training.
Practice the Convergent Facilitation framework and develop skills for transparency, efficiency, handling power differences, and increasing trust at every stage of the process. Our exercises and role-plays will be guided by the needs and interests that you and others bring to the training.