The Art of Convening

The Art of Convening

Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings and Conversations

Book - 2011
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"Meetings are a waste of time," is a sentiment many of us share, which is tragic, because meetings bring us together as human beings. To achieve the kind of meaning or breakthrough results most of us really year for when we gather, the key quality needed is authentic engagement- a genuine expression of what is true for us, and an attentive listening to what is true for others. Why it so often eludes us can be a matter of habit, distrust, lack of attention, or fear.

As co-founder of Heartland Inc., Craig and Patricia Neal have led over 170 of their acclaimed Thought Leader Gatherings with leaders from over 800 diverse organizations. Their new book shares for the first time the unique and powerful Art of Convening model -- developed in these gatherings and refined over six years of intensive trainings -- that brings authentic engagement and meaning to any group brought together for any purpose.

Convening goes beyond facilitating. Convening creates an environment in which all voices are heard, profound exchanges take place, and transformative action results. The heart of this book is the Convening Wheel -- a series of nine steps, or Aspects, that bring the practices and principles needed for authentic engagement together as a whole. The book provides exercises, stories, and questions to help you master both the inner and outer dimensions of this work -- because, in convening, the state of the Convener is equally as important as the physical preparations.

Convening works in any setting and can be adapted to virtually any group process. With this book you have all the tools you need to develop this essential life and leadership skill, one that will lead to improved outcomes in your organization, community, family, and relationships.
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: Neal, Patricia
Wold, Cynthia

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Louisep39
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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