No One Left Behind:
The Art and Craft of Convergent Facilitation - A Workshop with Miki Kashtan

Wednesday, October 23, 2013  -  Thursday, October 24, 2013 

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Many people have experienced a conflict between inclusive process and group productivity: “it takes too long!” It doesn’t have to. Learn a unique decision-making process, developed by Miki Kashtan, which can be used throughout the lifecycle of a long-term project, to break through a bottleneck within a group, or even in emergency situations to reach a quick decision. Based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication, this collaborative process moves with fluency and grace to lead to decisions that allow everyone to be on board without creating polarization, animosity, or resentment. The fast pace and transparency of this process often reduce anxiety and fatigue by making visible to the group the progress toward a decision. Groups have found this process to be highly interactive and engaging, even fun.

Here are some of the concrete tools introduced in this workshop:

• Listening for and identifying the non-controversial essence underlying what people say
• Engaging to find a solution by distinguishing between preference and willingness
• Including what matters to everyone without having to hear each person speak
• Guiding a group to shared ownership of principles and criteria
• Tracking and attending to all that happens – people, needs, and purpose
• Making transitions transparent to support trust in the process
• Evaluating proposals collectively based on shared criteria
• Supporting collaboration in the presence of power differences in the group
• Balancing care for individuals with attention to the group as a whole

The combination of these skills in a facilitator allows groups to reach a
collaborative decision, even under time constraints, without losing goodwill and inclusion.

The workshop is designed to be highly interactive and practical and to provide ample opportunities for hands-on practice and coaching, including with situations brought by participants. A worksheet to help you plan your participation will be emailed to you before the workshop.

William Mitchell College of Law
875 Summit Ave, St Paul
MN 55104

For more information contact BayNVC

Miki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and has taught NVC on five continents. She is inspired by the role of visionary leadership in shaping a livable future, and works toward that vision by sharing the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication through mediation, meeting facilitation, consulting, retreats, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Miki's blogs at The Fearless Heart and her articles have appeared in Tikkun magazine, Waging Nonviolence, Shareable, and elsewhere. Her first book, Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives is due out in Fall 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley.

You may enjoy watching this Video interview with Miki Kashtan.

Location:St Paul, MN
Trainer(s):Miki Kashtan
Requested Contribution:Sliding Scale: $40 - $450. The real sliding scale is $300 - $450. However, we want to make this rare opportunity available to everyone, regardless of means, while also sustaining our own livelihood in doing this work. For this purpose, the registration system is set up to accept $40 as the minimum, and we ask that each person give at least $300 if at all possible. You decide for yourself, no questions asked. Contact us if these guidelines are not sufficient for you to attend with ease.
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