Deepening the Exploration of Patterns for Dialogue

This month, we will dive deeper into the exploration we began two months ago, with the Group Works Deck, a 91-card deck of exemplary patterns for what makes groups work.  It is now being used as a practice tool by over 2,000 professional facilitators worldwide.  All are welcome!

Linda Cote-Small, a certified sociocracy facilitator, will lead an experience of using the deck as a kind of toolkit for assessment.  You know those challenging meetings, when you left wondering what went wrong, and what you could have done differently?   Maybe, like us, you haven’t yet developed the habit of pulling out your Group Works Deck as a source for principled reflection.  Let’s rehearse this habit together!  One of the gifts of this deck, is that we can tap the guidance of legions of seasoned facilitators steeped in the traditions of dialogue and deliberation!

We will be sharing stories about our experiences, and to make that feel more safe, we do not record the call.  The “Story” card from the Group Works Deck, pictured above, says

Stories, metaphors, and myths convey complex ideas, context, meaning, and nuance that simple data cannot.  By telling personal stories we build trust and connection, encourage imagination, and express the essence of who we are.  By telling cultural stories, we connect ourselves to others’ experience and interact with whole systems.

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