A Pathway to Efficient Collaborative Decisions
with Roni Wiener and Magda Barańska
Dates and Times
22-23 October 2022, 15:00 – 20:30 UTC, 3 sessions per day
Quick reference for other time zones:
08:00 – 13:30 Los Angeles (PDT) / 11:00 – 16:30 New York (EDT) / 16:00 – 21:30 London (BST) / 17:00 – 22:30 Paris (CEST) / 20:30 – 02:00 Mumbai (IST) / 04:00 – 9:30 Wellington (NZDT)
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Is it possible to make group decisions that everyone feels good about? How do you find solutions that accommodate conflicting opinions? What if some people oppose the proposed solution?
Join this intensive to discover a path to efficient, collaborative decision making.
The Convergent Facilitation (CF) Intensive offers a comprehensive introduction to collaborative decision making. We invite you to learn how to effectively arrive at group decisions that everyone can accept as their own. The skills you acquire can help you with group decisions at home, in your work, and in your communities.
About Convergent Facilitation
Convergent Facilitation is a group decision-making process that’s designed to build trust from the very beginning, to surface concerns and address them, and to turn conflicts into dilemmas that the group feels energized to solve together.
If you would like to learn more about the history and applications of this process before attending the workshop, you can explore the Convergent Facilitation website.
What do we plan to do together?
- We plan to offer three 1.5 hour learning sessions each day, with 2 short breaks between sessions. Each day will end with some flexible time for feedback, questions, and connection (fondly known as “the afterparty”)
- During the 6 main sessions, Roni and Magda will share information about Convergent Facilitation. We will offer examples from our years of experience with integrative group decisions and answer any clarifying questions
- If you are new to CF, we will cover the basics you need to get started
- If you are already familiar with CF, we will offer ways to deepen your practice and expand your skills
- In each session, we will offer a small group practice activity to help you integrate and remember what you learn
- Practice activity topics include listening for underlying needs (noncontroversial essence), using thresholds, creating proposals, and engaging with objections
What is requested when you choose to attend?
We are sharing our requests and recommendations to support you in deciding how to attend to your needs and ours. These are not requirements, and we welcome your presence however you choose to join us.
- We invite you to arrive with curiosity and openness to trying new things. We plan to support you by reminding you that you can discard anything that does not work for you.
- If you plan to attend live, we recommend that you join all the sessions because they build on each other. The first two sessions are particularly important if you are completely new to Convergent Facilitation.
- We recommend that you participate in the practice activities. If you have concerns or feel uncomfortable, we invite you to seek support or make requests.
- We suggest trying to arrange a comfortable physical space with reliable internet access that will support you in being present and learning.
- We plan to share a lot of content, and we usually receive more questions than we can attend to in one weekend. We ask that you engage within the scope of what we offer. We plan to collect expanding questions and suggest resources for engaging with them.
Deciding how much to contribute
This intensive is being offered within a gift economy model to support more financial equity and help move our society toward a needs-based distribution of resources. We estimate it will take an average of $210 per person to make this course financially sustainable for everyone who is organizing and delivering it (to cover enough of our living expenses to be able to do this work).
We invite you to contribute an amount that feels generous and financially sustainable for you. If you are not able to contribute any amount, please choose zero. If you are able to contribute more, please consider covering the cost for one or more participants who cannot contribute. We may postpone or cancel the workshop if we don’t receive sufficient contributions.
If you have concerns or questions about making a financial contribution, please talk to one of us. We value these conversations as an opportunity to learn, connect, and find creative ways to attend to everyone’s needs.
More about us
Magda: My passion is supporting people in mutual understanding and working out solutions that work for everyone through integration of different perspectives. There is no such subject in school. Consciously I have learnt these skills since 2008, when I got to know Nonviolent Communication (NVC). My 3 areas of focus are: supporting people in conflict, collaborative decision making and needs-based resource sharing. I offer coaching sessions, mediations, workshops and facilitate meetings. I live in Warsaw, Poland. I’m a parent of young kids. I enjoy meeting and working with people from all over the world and being active outside in nature. I hold a PhD in geography. www.strefaporozumienia.pl
Roni: I advocate for personal empowerment and social change through coaching, teaching, consulting, and activism. I enjoy sharing my passion and insights in diverse settings and scales, from small groups to large organizations. My life journey includes two decades of consulting focused on transforming collaboration practices, extensive work in technology projects and design, and an interdisciplinary degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Gender Studies. I offer fun and interactive workshops on topics ranging from process improvement and project planning to nonviolence, relationships, and sexual health. At other times, I may be found on the dance floor, at the beach, cuddling, playing games, engaging in deep conversations, writing an unpublished blog, and plotting global liberation. www.sundragonrising.com
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Frequently asked questions
What if I’ve already taken a CF intensive or introduction course?
Some people have shared with us that participating in these courses multiple times helps to deepen their understanding. If this may be true for you, you are welcome to join. Otherwise, we invite you to explore other options like advanced CF offerings and coaching calls.
When will recordings be available?
Recordings are usually available within one week after the intensive. We understand that some people want to review the content sooner and we want to give our editors some time to complete the work and check for issues.
Where do I find the course materials?
After you register, you will receive access to the classroom hosted by NVC Academy. We post all course information and materials in the classroom. You can also use it to connect with other participants.
How can I support you?
You can gift money to support the Convergent Facilitation learning community, even if you don’t attend this particular offering. If you want to contribute your time or services, please consider joining our support team. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief summary of what you want to offer or any questions.
If you want to specifically support Roni’s offerings, visit their support page.