The Art of Convening

The Art of Convening

Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings and Conversations

Book - 2011
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This book is about restoring wholeness to ourselves, our families, communities, and organizations by unleashing and igniting the brilliance and genius inherent whenever two or more are gathered. We are all born perfect and whole; now is our time to experience that in one another. Through the principles and practices of The Art of Convening (AoC) anyone can learn that "everyday communion" is not only possible, it is an imperative for the world to work for everyone. There are myriad titles on facilitating and hosting meeting methodologies, but none that prepares the individual with the skills and practices to handle the demands of being an inspired convener in a time when stakes have never been higher to make collective decisions that affect life on this planet.The Art of Convening addresses the essential principles and practices for those "called" to convene and lead meetings and gatherings that produce transformational outcomes for the people in them and their organizations,communities and the world. The authors take the reader through nine critical steps that are part of three larger motives:1. The convener engages with him or herself clarify the issues, intent, and how to extend the invitation.2. The convener engages with participants to set context and receive all feedback and opinions.3. The participants engage with each other to create essential conversations and a commitment to action.
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781605096681
Branch Call Number: 658.456 NEA 2011 22
Characteristics: xiv, 198 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Wold, Cynthia
Neal, Patricia


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Mar 14, 2013

This book has useful concepts and ideas, if you can wade through all of the jargon and fluff! The book could have been written in 50% of the words and been much clearer.

I'm a mediator, and I got some worthwhile pointers from it, but it was a slog.

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