An Introduction to the Basics of the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter

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17 Nov - 21 Nov - 08:45 - 12:15

Course Description:

How can communities address challenges that involve multiple layers of complexity and many stakeholders in simple and effective ways that allows the collective intelligence of the community to be unlocked to find innovative ways forward together?

The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter is a set of participatory leadership theories, tools and practices designed to do just that – to enable communities to self-organise in order to learn, create and engage solutions from within to address the challenges they face together.

Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter effectively is truly an art, and as with all arts, it requires much time and practice to master. This course is simply an introduction and is custom designed for YIP to give you enough of the basics to begin your hosting journey and to be able step up and seize the many chances you will collectively have to practice throughout your year at YIP.

We will cover:

  • A range of core frames and theory – Cynfin Framework / The Chaordic Path / 4 Fold Practice / Harvest Design
  • The basics of hosting, harvesting & participating in Open Space Technology
  • The basics of hosting, harvesting & participating in World Cafe
  • The basics of hosting, harvesting & participating in Design for Wiser Action

By the end of the course, our goal is that you will have the collective knowledge in your group to feel confident enough to apply what you have learned to design, host and harvest basic participatory processes during your year at YIP. We know from experience this knowledge will be particularly useful for you at Initiative Forum! We look forward to practicing with you.

Maíra Rahme

Maíra is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and is interested in anything that conveys beauty, meaning and truth into the world. Keen on solving problems, she chose to pursue a degree in Design, followed by a specialization in Branding. Later, she joined a training in Sweden called the International Youth Initiative Program (YIP), where she learned about new paradigms and …

Zand Craig

As a social entrepreneur and process facilitator, Zand has spent much of his professional life working with organizations such as Corrymeela Peace & Reconciliation Centre and TIDES Training to facilitate and empower communities involved in the Northern Ireland conflict to co-create new peaceful paths forward together. In 2008, inspired by the interconnection and balance of healthy socio-ecological systems, Zand expanded the focus …