Calendar

Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
The Difference Between Consent and Consensus: This month’s presentation and conversation will be recorded, because this question comes up so often!  Making decisions by consent requires a different mindset and set of practices than most[...]
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
At its best, facilitating dialogue feels fluid and dynamic. You feel like you’re “on,” feedback is positive, and groups experience transformations in their perception of issues and in their solutions.  Very often, though, groups experience[...]
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
A Resource for You: We want to pass along this resource from consulting firm FSG: Facilitating Intentional Group Learning: A Practical Guide to 21 Learning Activities Decision-making by consent requires that members of a circle[...]
Apr 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
As journalists and civic leaders call for “dialogue,” what do they really mean? They are referring to the process that physicist David Boehm proposed as “conversation in which participants attempt to reach a common understanding,[...]
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
Exploring Patterns for Dialogue part 2: This month, we will dive deeper into the exploration we began last month, with the Group Works Deck, a 91-card deck of exemplary patterns for what makes groups work.[...]
Jun 14 – Jun 17 all-day
Capacity Building for Regional Food System Change in Rural-Urban Spaces: Considerations on Complexity, Hope and Social Justice.   Tracy Kunkler is working with Kim Niewolny, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Virginia Tech, on a[...]
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
Deepening the Exploration of Patterns for Dialogue: This month, we will dive deeper into the exploration we began two months ago, with the Group Works Deck, a 91-card deck of exemplary patterns for what makes[...]
Jun 22 – Jun 24 all-day Tufts University
How Do We Midwife the Emergence of Wise Governance Networks? Tracy joins Tom Atlee of the Co-Intelligence Institute and Steve Waddell of Networking Action for a session on emerging governance structures that that are more adaptive[...]
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
The Six Essential Dialogues This month, I want to share a process tool from Ceasar McDowell, a professor at MIT and civic designer that I had the good fortune of hearing speak at the Frontiers of Democracy[...]
Jul 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Online Webinar
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[...]
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
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[...]
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Basecamp AVL
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[...]
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
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.[...]
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
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[...]
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
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[...]
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
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[...]
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
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[...]
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
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[...]
Apr 26 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 12:30 pm Jubilee! Community Church
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)[...]
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
Be among the first to tour the NEW Collaborative Governance Toolkit!! After 5 years of testing on dozens of different organizations and networks, we’ve assembled a collection of the most essential tools we’ve found so[...]
Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
June 21st Topic:   The NEW Collaborative Governance Toolkit! After 5 years of testing on dozens of different organizations and networks, we’ve assembled a collection of the most essential tools we’ve found so far for transforming[...]
Jul 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
Liberating Structures Study Group, Part 6 of 6
Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
Aug 16 Topic:   Where are we growing? Using the Group Works Deck to Explore our Learning Edges as Facilitators. We’ll use the Group Works deck that we explored in this group last year to reflect[...]
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
September’s Topic: Keystone Practices for a Principle of Consent: Creating Spaces for Reflection Over the past few years, we’ve observed dozens of groups practicing Consent as the basis for decisions. Among those, we’ve seen groups[...]
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
October’s Topic: Excavating the Layers of Consent in the Kavanaugh Hearings photo credit: backbonecampaign.org The Principle of Consent is woven through several layers of this story of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme[...]
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom online Meeting
Nov Topic: Keystone Practices for a Principle of Consent: Debate vs Dialogue Over the past few years, we’ve observed dozens of groups practicing Consent as the basis for decisions. Among those, we’ve seen groups that said[...]

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