Fwd: PCP workshops in DC, Boston, and Vancouver
From: Tree Bressen (treeic.org)
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 16:59:19 -0700 (MST)
Hi,

While this organization is generally focused on how to convene discussions among people who don't normally operate together as a group, i bet the skills would be useful for cohousing too. I thought some of y'all might be interested in their workshops. Cheers,

--Tree


Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2004 15:32:03 -0800
From: "Public Conversations Project " <conversations.Staff.m1181 [at] conversations.soceco.org>
Subject: PCP workshops in DC, Boston, and Vancouver!

We are genuinely proud to announce the Public Conversations
Project's Spring 2004 training schedule, which features two newly
minted workshops designed for seasoned practitioners.  With
demand growing for PCP's signature Power of Dialogue workshop,
this training debuts in Washington, DC at the end of January and
returns to Vancouver, BC in March.

If you know mediators, teachers, therapists, social workers, clergy,
students, and others who would like to join us, please forward this
message!

For workshop descriptions, scroll down to the bottom of this message
or visit http://www.publicconversations.org/pcp/index.asp?catid=51
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THE POWER OF DIALOGUE (POD)
Washington, DC - January 29-31, 2004
Vancouver, BC - March 25-27, 2004
Boston, MA - May 20-22, 2004

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*New!* PREPARING FOR CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE
Boston, MA - January 15, 2004

*This workshop is full; please call
 617-923-1216 x 13, to be put on the waiting list.

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INQUIRY AS INTERVENTION
Boston, MA - February 10, 2004

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*New!* STAYING GROUNDED WHEN ON THE SPOT
Boston, MA - April 20-21, 2004

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ELICITING NEW STORIES ABOUT CONFLICT
Boston, MA - May 13, 2004

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REFLECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN FRENZIED TIMES
Boston, MA - June 11-12, 2004

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Workshop Descriptions:


THE POWER OF DIALOGUE:
Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues

When disagreements develop into polarized conflicts, discussion
often gives way to shouting matches or icy silence.  During this hands-
on workshop, participants will explore ways to promote the type of
meaningful dialogue that has the power to shift communication and
relationships.  Participants will learn the key elements of PCP
dialogues through the process of designing, facilitating, and de-
briefing an extended dialogue simulation. This is a three-day
workshop.

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*New!* PREPARING FOR CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE

Whether dialogues flounder or fulfill their transformative potential often
hinges on events that occur before participants sit down together.
This workshop examines the vital role the exploratory, contracting, and
collaborative design phases play in influencing the course of
conversations. When used before the first meeting, between
sessions, or within caucus, PCP-style interviews between
practitioners and participants can make it possible for people in
chronic conflict to engage in constructive conversations.

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INQUIRY AS INTERVENTION:
Crafting Questions with Purpose and Impact

The questions asked by practitioners affect what the parties in a
conflict think is possible for their communication, their relationship,
and the outcome of their conflict.  Since 1989, the Public
Conversations Project has been refining the use of "opening
questions" in transforming conflictual conversations.  Participants in
this workshop will focus on the power of crafting, asking, and
responding to questions, and will explore the power and potential of
questions for their own practice and daily lives.

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*New!* STAYING GROUNDED WHEN ON THE SPOT:
A Skill Building Workshop for Facilitators

No amount of pre-meeting collaboration and preparation can
guarantee that a meeting will be without surprises or confusion. When
these occur, facilitators need to know what to do or refrain from doing.
They need to be grounded in a principled approach to serving the
participants and their shared purposes.  With such grounding,
methods can be chosen quickly or perhaps even invented on the spot.
In this workshop, through presentations, exercises, case examples,
and discussion, participants will develop skills in staying grounded,
even in difficult moments. This is a two-day workshop.

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ELICITING NEW STORIES ABOUT CONFLICT:
Interviewer Stance, Framework & Practice

People "stuck" in conflict often view the situation and the parties
involved through a narrow and unchanging lens.  This workshop
presents ways to elicit enriched stories that help people move beyond
their old, polarizing "conversations" to develop new perspectives and
relationships.  Participants will explore frameworks and experiential
exercises to learn how to listen for what is not said, the absent but
implicit- so they can assist parties in thinking about their conflicts in
new and constructive ways.

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REFLECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN FRENZIED TIMES

This two-day workshop explores the possibilities of utilizing reflection,
inquiry, and dialogue to reinvigorate and enhance organizational
leadership in the face of daily pressures.  It is designed to help
organizational and community leaders become more creative and
resourceful in their roles. The workshop draws from Appreciative
Inquiry, Narrative Theory, and the Public Conversations Project's
approach to dialogue.




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For more information about these and other workshops, visit
http://www.publicconversations.org/pcp/index.asp?catid=51
or contact Manda at training [at] publicconversations.org or 617-923-
1216 x13.



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