Effective Collaboration Online Training (Spring 2019)

Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 11:00am - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 12:30pm
Registration: 

We are currently offering three main registration options: a $90 Standard Ticket to cover the basic costs of producing this course, a $45 Scholarship Ticket for those with financial need, and a $135 Sponsor Ticket to help subsidize scholarships.

However, in keeping with our commitment to accessibility and inclusion, we are happy to provide additional financial assistance for those who request it. Also, because we believe in the value of having more than one person from each organization attend this training, group discounts are available.

Please register early! Our last round of Effective Collaboration Online Training sold-out more than a month in advance.

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While working together in groups can be fun and exciting, it's not always easy. How can we collaborate with each other without replicating oppressive hierarchical structures or getting too bogged-down in group process?

Specifically designed for those working together towards social change, this dynamic, participatory training will provide you with everything you need to build organizational capacity and skillfully navigate the inevitable ups and downs of group life.

Over the course of six weekly sessions, you will learn, discuss, and practice how to:

- Set ground rules that help foster a healthy group culture
- Clarify and develop shared purpose and direction
- Communicate in a way that invites deeper collaboration
- Transform conflicts into opportunities for growth
- Run efficient, inclusive, and enjoyable meetings
- Choose among a variety of decision-making strategies
- Cultivate a team that functions like a mature ecosystem
- Sustain member motivation and involvement over time

Because a group's outer success depends largely on the quality of its internal relationships, learning how to work more effectively together may be the most important investment you can make in your organization's future.

In addition to focusing on specific case studies that are relevant to you and answering your toughest questions, we will also explore collaboration between groups and how to integrate lessons learned into your daily life.

Who Is It For?

This course is open to English-speakers from all over the world who wish to cultivate more collaborative and effective groups.

How Does It Work?

This training will consist of a series of six pre-recorded video presentations and six 90-minute live webinars featuring Q&A and interactive exercises related to that week's topics. We will also provide you with access to a private discussion forum that you can use to share resources and continue conversations in between sessions. Please don't worry if you are unfamiliar with any of these technologies. We will make sure that everyone who registers will receive clear instructions and guidance about how to use them!

While this online format has many advantages, including more time to digest information and practice new skills from week to week, if you prefer to host a face-to-face training in your local community, please click here to learn more about how to do that.

Sessions at a Glance

1. Introduction to Effective Collaboration (April 9): an overview of the Stages of Group Development and how to balance action with reflection.

2. Forming with Purpose (April 16): establishing group agreements and defining your vision, mission, strategy, and objectives.

3. Navigating Stormy Seas (April 23): analyzing power dynamics and practicing Nonviolent Communication.

4. Meetings That Don’t Suck (April 30): key facilitation skills, crafting agendas, and blended decision-making.

5. Next-Level Performance (May 7): building your ideal core team and forming partnerships, networks, and coalitions that reach far beyond it.

6. Bringing It All Back Home (May 14): filling in the gaps and sharing what you’ve learned with your group.

Your Facilitators

Don Hall HeadshotDon Hall is a skilled facilitator and certified trainer with 17 years of experience as a social activist and community organizer. While drawing inspiration and insight from his involvement with groups as diverse as the Students for a Free Tibet, Outward Bound Discovery, and the Chrysalis Housing Cooperative, Don's primary focus over the past decade has been on growing local food systems, strengthening local economies, and reducing dependence on fossil fuels through the international Transition Towns movement. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and currently serves as Co-Director of Transition US.

Alberta Pedroja HeadshotAlberta Pedroja is an experienced facilitator, trainer, entrepreneur, and consultant with over twenty-five years of experience in volunteer organizations, start-ups, and corporate settings. She brings passion and insight to her work and helps others to do the same. Skilled in change management, process improvement, and systems design, Alberta has helped many organizations achieve their desired ends by helping them work together and improve systems. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of Northern Colorado. Currently, Alberta is part of the movement for the new economy and is developing online strategies for social change.

Organizer: 
Organizer: 
Don Hall
Phone: 
(941) 408-3374

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