Nancy Jackson, Gammy Bird Consulting & Robin Rifkin, Meeting Intentions

invite you to join an exciting two days of intensive facilitation skill building
in

Technology of Participation™ (ToP) 
Facilitation Methods Training

May 22 & 23, 2019 

9 am - 5 pm

Philadelphia, PA 

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

  • Equip yourself with the proven ToP™ participatory facilitation methods for use in staff and partnership meetings, collaborative planning projects, community engagement, organizational life, learning communities, and professional trainings.  These methods, developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs, have been used in communities and organizations around the world at village meetings, community forums, and in boardrooms. 

  • This training will transform your understanding and appreciation of flow in a conversation, group process, and your role as a facilitator. 

  • You’ll be more skilled, prepared and confident as you plan and facilitate meetings!

What will be included? 

Theory, skill development and practice of each of the three core approaches:

The Focused Conversation Method

The Focused Conversation Method applies a structure for effective communication that allows everyone in the group to comfortably participate in the discussion. It is a method of facilitating group and individual conversations allowing participants to deepen their insights and end with more clarity or come to a decision.  This results in broadened perspectives, and clear resolve or conclusions. 

The Focused Conversation Method

The Focused Conversation Method applies a structure for effective communication that allows everyone in the group to comfortably participate in the discussion. It is a method of facilitating group and individual conversations allowing participants to deepen their insights and end with more clarity or come to a decision.  This results in broadened perspectives, and clear resolve or conclusions. 

The Consensus Workshop Method 

The Consensus Workshop Method is a way of bringing individual ideas to light, then step-by-step, through discussion and insight, transform the group's thinking into focused consensus decision and action. This method generates new creativity and incorporates both a rational and intuitive approach to problem solving, building team unity very quickly.  

The Focused Conversation Method

The Focused Conversation Method applies a structure for effective communication that allows everyone in the group to comfortably participate in the discussion. It is a method of facilitating group and individual conversations allowing participants to deepen their insights and end with more clarity or come to a decision.  This results in broadened perspectives, and clear resolve or conclusions. 

Action Planning

Action Planning combines the Focused Conversation and Consensus Workshop Methods to assist groups create events or program plans very quickly. Groups will create a clear picture of successful outcomes, and then will build an implementation plan with roles and responsibilities and shared commitment to ensure success.

And more!

Take-Home References:

Our comprehensive participant workbook, which clearly outlines the steps for each method, is a practical tool for your future use. 


Small Class Size:

The training will be presented in a relaxed and interactive small group learning environment, with 14-18 participants. Individual learning and practice are emphasized.

Meet the Exceptionally Qualified Faculty

Nancy Jackson and Robin Rifkin bring a wealth of facilitation and training experience working with large and small nonprofits, businesses, public health and community agencies, governmental and educational institutions and neighborhoods. They are skilled at both transferring these methods and answering your questions about how these methods work in settings, like yours, and around the world.

Nancy Jackson, MS, CTF,

GammyBird Consulting, New Hampshire

Robin Rifkin, MS, CTF,
Meeting Intentions, Planning and Facilitation Consultant,
Philadelphia, PA

Fees & Registration:                 

Register by 5/1/19 to receive an early bird discount of $50 off these rates.

 

Corporate for Profit & Large Non-Profit Orgs - $950

Public Government - $750

Medium Non-Profit (budget $1-$5 million) - $650

Small Non-Profit (budget up to $1 million) - $400

Independent Consultants - $650

Students (student I.D. required) - $400

Registration through the ICA website:

https://icausa.memberclicks.net/calendar

Questions? Contact your training team:

CEU Credits Certified Health Educator Specialists (CHES/MCHES) earn 13.5 CEUs for this course.
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) members earn 14.5 credits for this course.

What past participants have said:

“I wanted to send you an email to say how excellent I thought the ToP training was.  It isn’t often that I think that trainings are worth it in terms of time/energy/money invested but I think this one was!  I wanted you to know that I already used a focused conversation today and plan to use one tomorrow.  I am in practice mode.  Thank you for the great work you did and look forward to seeing you!”
- Participant, Facilitation Training

“A whole-hearted thank you for a terrific 2-day workshop last week!  In short order I applied the framework to 3 client engagements between last Thursday and yesterday. It has literally transformed the flow of my work.  I am so appreciative and grateful to you and Nancy for your excellent stewardship!  I now have another tool in my toolbox and it is tremendously helpful.  I will look to engage in other ToP/ICA opportunities to advance the way I work.”
 - Consultant & Participant in the Facilitation Training

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