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Educate: Tips for using ToP Methods

Bite sized insights from masters in the use of ToP Methods.

Getting to Root Issues and Insights

Getting to Root Issues and Insights Occasionally it is enough to simply get a group to come up with a simple outcome from a meeting.  But most often a group will fare better if the facilitated process allows them to think deeply about the topic they are wrestling with. Getting to the Root Issues A

Revealing Depth and Substance through ToP Methodology

Revealing Depth and Substance through ToP Methodology   One of the hallmarks of ICA’s Technology of Participation is that its use not only gets practical results, but evokes thoughtfulness, revealing the substantial insights that a group is capable of exploring and building upon.  The key to creating group insight is the application of the methodology

How is the Consensus Workshop Method Unique?

It's easy to confuse the Consensus Workshop Method with other design patterns.  Its unique qualities make its effectiveness greater than many other tools. Excerpted from Getting to the Bottom of ToP, by Wayne and Jo Nelson. Comparison of the Consensus Workshop Method with the design patterns of other methods Many workshop-type approaches start with brainstorming.

The Magic Behind the Consensus Workshop Method

What is the magic that makes the Consensus Workshop Method an extraordinary tool to help a group develop new ideas and consensus? This article is excerpted from Getting to the Bottom of ToP by Wayne and Jo Nelson, Chapter 6. The phenomenology behind the consensus workshop method Let us step aside for a moment to

Expanded Descriptions of the ToP Focused Conversation Method

Brief description The ToP focused conversation method helps people reflect together on any subject. It has been used in a wide variety of situations, ranging all the way from finding the core idea for a marketing strategy to discussing the meaning and personal implications of a movie, a painting or a novel. A series of

Right on Time

Right on Time When people come to a facilitated event, they are making a significant contribution of their time and energy.  Skilled facilitators honour the time available and make good use of it, managing time effectively in several ways. Schedule for participants Facilitators honour the real lives of participants by scheduling events when people can

Using Space Effectively

Using Space Effectively The physical atmosphere for facilitated events is as crucial as using sound facilitation methods and techniques. Ensuring an Appropriate Space First, the space needs to be appropriate for the event.  A small space, for example, might make participants feel cramped and uneasy, while a large space can make people feel their effort

Using Multiple Intelligences in Facilitation

Eliciting Creativity through Using Multiple Intellligences in Facilitation   Above is a graphic representation of nine intelligences identified by Howard Gardner, with a tiny summary of what each is about. Howard Gardner[1] at first identified seven intelligences (starting at 11 o’clock and moving clockwise in this image), and then broadened his work to include two

Adapting your Facilitation Plan to the Needs of the Group

Robin Parsons had to adapt a facilitation plan several times to the evolving needs of her group, which resulted in transformational change for the group. Here is her story: In December 2017, I was working with a group (through my consulting client) that was coming together to explore a process. I had the opportunity to

Planning an Agenda Item

This process is specifically designed for planning one agenda item:  however, the basic structure can work for a whole meeting as well, adding in more tools for each stage. The basic structure follows the ORID thinking process to develop clarity, insight, and consensus. A worksheet is available in our Meetings that Work course. Articulate the

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