Calendar

Jul
25
Tue
LLC Webinar Series | Tools for Network Mapping: How SNA maps can optimize relationships and transform our work in large scale systems change @ Online Webinar
Jul 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE

Social Network Analyses (SNA) are often used to measure the progress of networks. Through the maps, you’re able to track how relationships propel the work and which relationships can be fostered further to catalyze energy and create the foundation for more experiments and harvest learning. Networked inherently means that not all individuals or organization know each other, but maps clarify where the gaps are and how to achieve deeper connectivity.

However, this tool can feel allusive and expensive. WATCH THIS WEBINAR to learn more about how you can implement this tool in your work and begin to create your own maps.

Christine and Tracy will introduce a new approach to network mapping, which builds on the benefits of classic SNA and has recently become available through the new mapping tools Kumu and sumApp. They will discuss how these new tools enable an approach wasn’t really possible using the old tools – which is more collaborative, engaging, emergent, more designed to follow the energy, enable greater transparency, and able to track network development over time. They will talk about

  • the process of developing these new kinds of network maps
  • how the tools make the difference and how they fit together, and
  • share some benefits of this new approach.

 

 

Aug
17
Thu
Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent @ Zoom online Meeting
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What is the role of stillness in facilitating Consent?

This month Michelle Smith will host our meet-up topic discussion on the role of stillness in facilitating Consent.  This topic was inspired by Linda Kato who facilitates meditation groups.  (If you have a topic idea please feel encouraged to share it.  This is a peer learning meet-up!)

In this article from Non-Profit Quarterly, the authors note that “organizations committed to social transformation are experimenting with a variety of structural and cultural practices” including
Meetings that incorporate moments to ground, pause, (re-)center, reflect, deliberate, and see from multiple perspectives. We’re not all working in the social change arena per se, but I would submit that simply by facilitating consent-based decision-making, we are transforming culture in organizations, businesses and networks.

Does this idea of including “stillness” seem like a touchy-feely, navel-gazing waste of time? Or does it seem like a good practice for tapping into the deeper wisdom available for a group that has very concrete decisions to make and work to do?

Have you had any experience with including stillness in facilitating consent-based processes? Could you use some ideas for ways to “sneak” it into a group you work with who might resist including these kinds of practices in their meetings?

Please join us to share ways that you’ve been able to include stillness in your facilitation or learn from with your peers about methods other facilitators have tried and their results.

Sep
13
Wed
Creative Facilitators Meet-up @ Basecamp AVL
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to an evening of exploration: why is it that some meetings bring life to your soul, while others leave you wishing you’d never stepped in the room?  What makes groups productive, fulfilling, sometimes even magical?
We will be playing with the Group Works Deck  https://groupworksdeck.org/, a 91-card deck of exemplary patterns for what makes groups work.   A pattern is a feature that shows up repeatedly in group processes and results in deeper connections and a fulfillment of purpose. The Group Works Deck is now being used as a practice tool by over 2,000 professional facilitators worldwide.   One of the gifts of this deck, is that we can tap the guidance of legions of seasoned facilitators.

This will be a very interactive, exploratory evening.  To prepare in advance: Check out the Group Works Deck https://groupworksdeck.org/ and the pattern language.  Come with curiosity. If you have one, bring a story to share about a group you have facilitated or just participated in.  It could be “the best of times or worst of times” — your choice.
If you are interested, this is an entertaining and insightful video that demonstrates some of the patterns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_tquqpckNY


Susan Michael has been exploring facilitative practices for over 5 years. She has studied, The Technology of Participation, Dynamic Facilitation, Active Listening, Non-Violent Communication. She is currently co-teaching  an elective class on Facilitative Leadership at Lenoir-Rhyne.
She has been an active participant of Creative Facilitation Meet-up since it began.
Tracy Kunkler is a professional facilitator and co-founder of Circle Forward (https://www.circleforward.us/), a system for collaborative governance.  With years of community development experience, she is responding to her clients’ needs for more adaptive ways of governing how they work together, make decisions, create inclusion, empower leadership, and distribute power – to bring about more effective and equitable results in large scale systems change.
Oct
19
Thu
Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent @ Zoom online Meeting
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent

October’s Topic: What Do You Think About the Power of Great Questions?

Usually people think a question is something to get an answer for, and that’s what we do. You have a question, so you find the answer….But the most powerful questions don’t move us towards a point. They open us up into a space….The more powerful a question is, the more it leads us in directions where we discover new understandings and new possibilities.  It draws your attention into a place where you actually might make a breakthrough.”  From the Powerful Questions Pattern, Tom Atlee, Wise Democracy Pattern Language  

This month, we are going to explore the art of asking open questions that draw people out, that deepen their thinking and feeling.  What makes for a great question?  From the standpoint of facilitating groups, what are some of your favorite questions?  Who are some of the people who have influenced you to appreciate the power of questions?  

The usefulness of the knowledge we acquire and the effectiveness of the actions we take depend on the quality of the questions we ask.”  The Art of Powerful Questions: Catalyzing Insight, Innovation, and Action.

What would it be like if we framed more of our meeting agendas by asking: “what are our organization’s most critical questions right now?”
Looking forward to exploring this topic with you!

Register Here for the call.

Nov
16
Thu
Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent @ Zoom online Meeting
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Liberating Structures Study Group, Part 1 of 6

Tracy is always on the lookout for great process tools for groups to use to find consent.  Well, she found a wonderful resource for formal and informal facilitators alike!  Liberating Structures is an open source toolkit of 33 simple processes anyone can learn, to make it easy to include and unleash everyone in shaping a decision.  They promise to foster lively participation in groups of any size.

We invite you to join us in a kind of “book study” group for the next 3-6 months.  We want to use this meetup time to explore, reflect on, and practice these tools, so as to better integrate them into our toolkit.  We believe these “microstructures,” as they are called, are right in line with Circle Forward’s mission to scale up the skillsets for collaborative governance.  They make it much more possible for organizations and networks to replace typical, controlling meeting formats with structures that generate innovative thinking and distributed leadership!

We hope folks will commit to the whole study group — every third Thursday for the next 6 months — but if you miss one, we will be videotaping the sessions so that you can catch up.  We don’t normally videotape, but in this case, we want to keep everyone in the loop who is undertaking this learning journey with us!

Check out this website for our first call in this series.  I’ve purchased the book, but it also seems much of the material is available on the website open source.

Dec
21
Thu
Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent @ Zoom online Meeting
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Liberating Structures Study Group, Part 2 of 6

We are continuing our study group on Liberating Structures (LS) — an open source toolkit of 33 simple processes that anyone can learn. They promise to foster lively participation in groups of any size, and to make it easy to include and unleash everyone in shaping a decision. We want to use this meetup time over the coming months to explore, reflect on, and practice these tools, so as to better integrate them into our toolkit.

Last month, we used Impromptu Networking and 1-2-4-All. If you are joining us this month, please review those and get familiar with the website.

This month, we will practice using the Nine Whys. We will also explore the LS Selection Matchmaker – which helps you match your facilitation objectives to the Liberating Structures designed to meet that objective. So please review those tools, and the website, in advance of the call.

We believe these “microstructures,” as they are called, are right in line with Circle Forward’s mission to scale up the skillsets for collaborative governance. They make it much more possible for organizations and networks to replace typical, controlling meeting formats with structures that generate innovative thinking and distributed leadership!

Jan
18
Thu
Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent @ Zoom online Meeting
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Liberating Structures Study Group, Part 3 of 6

We are continuing our study group on Liberating Structures (LS) — an open source toolkit of 33 simple processes that anyone can learn. They foster lively participation in groups of any size, and make it easy to include and unleash everyone in shaping a decision. We want to use this meetup time over the coming months to explore, reflect on, and practice these tools, so as to better integrate them into our toolkit.

Here are the tools we’ve covered so far:

Part 1: We practiced Impromptu Networking and 1-2-4-All and reviewed the website.
Part 2: Ryan Pickens at Work With Meaning led the last call. We reviewed the LS Selection Matchmaker – a tool which helps you match your facilitation objectives to the Liberating Structure designed to meet that objective – and practiced Nine Whys.

This month, Part 3, we will practice using Wicked Questions. This tool is said to help “Articulate the Paradoxical Challenges That a Group Must Confront to Succeed.” So, please review the tools, and the website, in advance of the call.

We believe these “microstructures,” as they are called, are right in line with Circle Forward’s mission to scale up the skill sets for collaborative governance. They make it much more possible for organizations and networks to replace typical, controlling meeting formats with structures that generate innovative thinking and distributed leadership!

Feb
15
Thu
Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent @ Zoom online Meeting
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Liberating Structures Study Group, Part 4 of 6

We are continuing our study group on Liberating Structures (LS) — an open source toolkit of 33 simple processes that anyone can learn. They foster lively participation in groups of any size, and make it easy to include and unleash everyone in shaping a decision. We want to use this meetup time over the coming months to explore, reflect on, and practice these tools, so as to better integrate them into our toolkit.

Here are the tools we’ve covered so far:

Part 1: we practiced Impromptu Networking and 1-2-4-All and reviewed the website.
Part 2: Ryan Pickens at Work With Meaning led the last call. We reviewed the LS Selection Matchmaker – a tool which helps you match your facilitation objectives to the Liberating Structure designed to meet that objective – and practiced Nine Whys.
Part 3: We practiced using Wicked Questions. This tool is said to help “Articulate the Paradoxical Challenges That a Group Must Confront to Succeed.”

This month, in Part 4, we’ll practice Toika Consulting. In quick round-robin “consultations,” individuals ask for help and get advice immediately from two others. Peer-to-peer coaching helps with discovering everyday solutions, revealing patterns, and refining prototypes.

Bring your sense of light-hearted experimentation for trying this LS in an online format.
And please review the tools, and the website, in advance of the call.

We believe these “microstructures,” as they are called, are right in line with Circle Forward’s mission to scale up the skill sets for collaborative governance. They make it much more possible for organizations and networks to replace typical, controlling meeting formats with structures that generate innovative thinking and distributed leadership!

Mar
15
Thu
Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent @ Zoom online Meeting
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Liberating Structures Study Group, Part 5 of 6

We are continuing our study group on Liberating Structures (LS) — an open source toolkit of 33 simple processes that anyone can learn. They foster lively participation in groups of any size, and make it easy to include and unleash everyone in shaping a decision. We want to use this meetup time over the coming months to explore, reflect on, and practice these tools, so as to better integrate them into our toolkit.

Here are the tools we’ve covered so far:

Part 1: we practiced Impromptu Networking and 1-2-4-All and reviewed the website.
Part 2: Ryan Pickens at Work With Meaning led the last call. We reviewed the LS Selection Matchmaker – a tool which helps you match your facilitation objectives to the Liberating Structure designed to meet that objective – and practiced Nine Whys.
Part 3: We practiced using Wicked Questions. This tool is said to help “Articulate the Paradoxical Challenges That a Group Must Confront to Succeed.”

This month, in Part 4, we’ll practice Toika Consulting. In quick round-robin “consultations,” individuals ask for help and get advice immediately from two others. Peer-to-peer coaching helps with discovering everyday solutions, revealing patterns, and refining prototypes.

Bring your sense of light-hearted experimentation for trying this LS in an online format.
And please review the tools, and the website, in advance of the call.

We believe these “microstructures,” as they are called, are right in line with Circle Forward’s mission to scale up the skill sets for collaborative governance. They make it much more possible for organizations and networks to replace typical, controlling meeting formats with structures that generate innovative thinking and distributed leadership!

Apr
26
Thu
Sacred Earth — Sacred Work International Conference 2018 @ Jubilee! Community Church
Apr 26 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 12:30 pm

Reflect a Diversity of Voices in
Decision-making using the Principle of Consent

by Michelle  Smith, Circle Forward Partners

If we are to create a world that works for all (including the Earth and non-human species) we’ll need more than spiritual practice, more than green technologies, more than conversations about inclusivity.  We must acquire the skill-sets for making decisions as a community that allow for including all voices, addressing power dynamics and creating adaptive strategies.

Decision-making by Consent allows us  to create fundamental systems-level change in our social, economic and political lives together. Using consent-based decision-making particularly fits the missions of intentional communities, spiritual communities, churches, cooperatives, and multi-organizational networks who need to create a culture of inclusivity.

In 21st Century decision-making, it’s time to move beyond the options of majority rule or consensus. Now, as our culture grows much more complex in its diversity, we have a third option: Consent.

Circle Forward is a system of collaborative governance based on decision-making by consent, which allows for making quick decisions, addressing power dynamics and  creating adaptive strategies. Join us for this lively presentation and practice.

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