While working together in groups can be fun, it's not always easy. How can we collaborate with others without replicating hierarchical structures or getting too bogged-down in group process? Specifically designed for Transition initiative leaders and those working towards social change, this dynamic, participatory training will provide you with everything you need to build organizational capacity and skillfully navigate the inevitable ups and downs of group life.
Over the course of two days, you will learn, discuss, and practice how to:
- Set ground rules that help foster a healthy group culture
- Clarify and develop shared purpose and direction
- Communicate in a way that invites deeper collaboration
- Transform conflicts into opportunities for growth
- Run efficient, inclusive, and enjoyable meetings
- Choose among a variety of decision-making strategies
- Cultivate a team that functions like a mature ecosystem
- Sustain member motivation and involvement over time
Because a group's outer success depends on the quality of its internal relationships, learning how to work more effectively together is perhaps the most important investment you can make in your organization's future. In addition to focusing on a specific case study that is relevant to you, you will have opportunities throughout this training to connect deeply with other participants and explore how we can all reach out beyond our individual groups to spread the benefits of collaboration throughout local communities in which we live.
Don Hall is a skilled facilitator and certified trainer with more than 15 years experience as a social activist and community organizer. While drawing inspiration and insight from his involvement with groups as diverse as the Students for a Free Tibet, Outward Bound Discovery, and the Chrysalis Housing Cooperative, Don's primarily focus over the past decade has been on growing local food systems, strengthening local economies, and reducing dependence on fossil fuels through the international Transition Towns movement. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and currently works for Transition US.