We recommend that you experience the social innovations first hand, learn the skills of Dynamic Facilitation and practice them in your life. Sense the empowering shift of spirit that comes through choice-creating.
While Jim Rough developed these tools, accredited seminar leaders all over the world teach Dynamic Facilitation. And it's a good idea to try out different courses by different instructors.
In the Dynamic Facilitation and the Wisdom Council you learn key leadership skills — how to help diverse groups address and solve impossible-seeming issues, resolve conflicts, and overcome anxiety-producing situations. It's where you learn how to hold the group in a space where they creatively discover the underlying issue and reach clarity and unity on what to do. In the seminar people experience choice-creating, where we face the "real issue" together in a way that builds trust and yields breakthrough progress. And where people build the spirit of trust and empowerment.
Choice-creating is a form of talking that is different from discussion, dialogue, deliberation, debating, negotiating, deliberating, or decision-making. While these other thinking modes are important, choice-creating is more fundamental. As expressed by Mary Parker Follet in her 1918 book "The New State" ... The very essence and substance of democracy is the creating of the collective will. Without this activity the forms of democracy are useless, and the aims of democracy are always unfulfilled." Dynamic Facilitation can reliably evoke this "collective will."
The seminar has been taught for almost thirty years in many locations around the world including cities like Seattle, Frankfurt, Vienna, Denver, Zurich, Bangkok, Jackson, Perth, Amsterdam, Portland, Toronto, Singapore, Oakland, Washington DC, Chicago, Vancouver, Amsterdam, and London. Teachers of the Dynamic Facilitation seminar include:
Some feedback from the seminars:
Hans Steinmann … “The seminar was one of the best investments I have ever made. Be prepared for a mindset shift.”
Shwe Shwe Sein Latt … “Practicing as a Dynamic Facilitator has made me more creative and more able to se system shifts. It’s very useful for diverse meetings and creative solutions.”
Dan Kaufman ... A different way of being and experiencing in one another while addressing deeply important issues.
Tom Schmitz ... What I knew about facilitation before this class is now irrelevent.
MIchael Inglis ... I use all of the tools that I learned at your workshop everyday in my teaching career at Briarcliff Manor HS. I was also the chair of Pleasantville school district's community budget committee (where I live) and was able to bring peace between a rabidly anti-high school tax contingent and the union in a series of meetings using dynamic facilitation.
Tom Atlee ... Jim Rough's Dynamic Facilitation and Choice-Creating Seminar - This seminar teaches the most fluid, powerful form of consensus process I know, which also happens to be the process behind the Wisdom Council, the most powerful democratic innovation I know.
Linda Condon ... This is a totally different way of facilitating that is actually easier than traditional methods. It allows participants to reach levels of creativity that spark one another so the group finds incredible, effective solutions to any size problem.
Scott Riorden ... I have been modeling Dynamic Facilitation on a daily basis for the various teams of which I am a member. The folks I deal with on a day-to-day basis are executives, managers, project managers, other analysts, and coordinators engaged in a myriad of information technology related projects. I have been asked on several occasions how I achieve such positive results in my work. My response always begins with a description of … the life-changing Dynamic Facilitation principles…”
Fortunately there are a growing number of capable seminar providers including:
- Dynamic Facilitation Associates
- Narrativum.net .. DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland)
- DiaPraxis, United States
- All-in-One-Spirit ... Germany
- Contrain ... Germany
- Facilitators Network Singapore … Janice Lua
- Change that Matters ... London
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