- NEW: 2020 Course Catalogue -


Our 20th Anniversary National Tour Has Begun!

The first two 20th Anniversary events were held on October 10 during International Facilitation Week, one in Toronto and one in Yellowknife. The one in Toronto was co-sponsored by the GTA Chapter of the International Association of Facilitators.  The one in Yellowknife was sponsored by Dene Nahjo. The two events brought together a total of

Orchestrating Successful Events

Have you ever had an experience of an event that seemed like a complete experience – maybe it started with some confusion, then the context became clear, the group came together, experienced or wrestled through some intense sections, then finally moved to a satisfying conclusion? A symphony, a play and even novels and great presentations

Invitation to ICA Associates 20th Anniversary Tour: Facilitating a Participatory Society

This October 1, ICA Associates celebrates 20 years since its official registration as a social enterprise! Are you interested in learning more about the impact that facilitating participatory group processes can have on your organization, community and society? Do you have stories or visions to share? We want to celebrate our shared impact and current

20th Anniversary Tour

On October 1, 2019 ICA Associates Inc. celebrates 20 years as a company! We want to salute the people we have met across Canada with a 20th Anniversary National Tour. This will be an opportunity to connect with the thousands who have taken ICA and ToP™ training over the years and who have asked us

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

ICA Associates Values

As ICA Associates, Inc., we value: Comprehensive Context: Understanding the historical perspective and the whole system one is working in, and the diversity of perspectives. Consciousness:  Living life with intention and high awareness as we enter each day and each situation. Affirmation:  Acknowledging and saying “yes” to our own and others’ lives, to what is

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 process

Origins of the Focused Conversation Method

The Origins of the Focused Conversation Method, excerpted from Getting to the Bottom of ToP, by Wayne and Jo Nelson From Chapter 2: As a body of knowledge, the Technology of Participation (ToP) is applied phenomenology, or what has been called a “phenomenology of practice” or “experiential phenomenology.” Since its inception and because of its

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