Co-Lead Lab Workshop Series
Four expert-led one-day workshops will be offered during the Fall 2017 semester. Trainers from social change organizations will showcase participatory tools and techniques to support change efforts and offer experiential learning opportunities to practice the leadership capabilities required to implement them.
This workshop is designed to deepen participant understanding of conversation-based methodologies and the underlying mental models that encourage co-learning and collective action. Participants will learn three methodologies through practice, i.e. World Café, Open Space and Circle. The Art of Hosting is an international learning community of practitioners who harness the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups and organizations engaged in systems change and innovation. Groups and organizations that use the Art of Hosting as a working practice report better decision-making, more efficient and effective capacity building and greater ability to quickly respond to opportunity, challenge and change. People who experience the Art of Hosting typically say that they walk away feeling more empowered and able to guide the meetings and conversations they are part of move towards more effective and desirable outcomes.
The aim of this session is to study and practice proven ways to enter inquiry, reflection and co-learning among people with (social, organizational, political) power inequality who are working together in groups and organizations. Participants will practice a set of participatory methodologies that create safe containers, encourage bold conversation, facilitate shifts in consciousness and inspire collective learning. This offering is based on the assumption that the ability to host and/or participate in difficult conversations about social identity and power is the foundation for everyone who aspires to engage in collaborative leadership.