Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vancouver Workshop: Deepening Your Facilitation Practice

This is a workshop I don't want to miss. Sadly, I will, because of a scheduling conflict. However, I highly recommend it to YOU. 

Photo by Alan Levine
I was first introduced to Group Works at the 2012 Gathering of Community Enthusiasts in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dave Pollard led us through an activity using the card deck. I had looked at the deck prior to that, but there's nothing like experiencing it. There are endless possibilities, and this upcoming workshop is an opportunity to explore them. Go!

Calling all project leaders, teachers, facilitators, coaches, public engagement practitioners, non-profit board members, and others whose work involves empowering people to participate in groups, workplaces, and communities in a more dynamic and effective way!
We invite you to attend a professional development session where you will have the opportunity to: 
  • Reflect on your practices
  • Share dilemmas with colleagues
  • Get support on upcoming meeting designs
  • Storyboard events (past and future) to identify opportunities for more effectively employing the patterns of excellent group process
  • Integrate exemplary patterns into your professional life (and start to speak the shared “pattern language” of facilitation)
  • Engage with others who care about these things!
We’ll be using the deck Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings as our lens. While familiarity with the deck will be helpful, it’s not essential — you’ll recognize the patterns from your own practice and pick it up quickly.
If you participated in the last workshop Group Pattern Language Project offered in BC, we expect this session will be sufficiently different to make it worth your while to join us again.  
When: Saturday May 24, 10:30am to 4:30pm. A simple soup/salad/bread lunch (vegan & gluten-free) will be provided.
Where: Cranberry Commons Cohousing, 4274 Albert St (at Madison just north of Hastings), Burnaby BC. 
Cost: Sliding scale $25-$150. 
Registration: Please register in advance so your hosts can plan appropriately; sign up at If you have any further questions contact Daniel Lindenberger at
Pre- and post-event Work Sessions: The day before and the day after the workshop we'll be hosting work sessions for those committed to supporting this work:  growing the language, articulating potential new applications, and promoting and nurturing the project. Some of the issues we’ll be exploring are developing curricula for self-guided study of how to use the cards,  new “e-versions” of Group Works, and outreach activities to spread the word. If you'd like to participate or learn more about this, please email Dave (
Led by: Sue Woerhlin, Daniel Lindenberger, & Tree Bressen. To learn more about them, check out the following:
Come participate! and let others know too: This should be a great networking and peer learning opportunity. Hope to see you there!  Please forward this invitation to other people you think might be interested in attending.  
—Daniel Lindenberger and Dave Pollard   Group Pattern Language Project

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