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Full - Waiting list available. Effective Meetings Masterclass Deep Democracy Style: Facilitators & Leaders

  • Ceres Community Environment Park Roberts Street Brunswick East, VIC, 3057 Australia (map)
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Effective Meetings Masterclass Deep Democracy style: Facilitators & Leaders

9.30am - 4.00pm Tuesday 11 December @ CERES, Brunswick East, Melbourne

Masterclass is being held as Pru is keen to support groups and people who are explicitly working on status quo shifting social & environmental change. In particular, the tools she brings will benefit people who believe that great team culture and ‘how’ we get along (have meetings, make decisions etc) enables people to achieve the change(s) they are striving for ... & that these goals are interconnected.

Suit people keen to enable even greater impact. This day will give you fresh tools to use for the new year you can make the most of:

  • Everyday meetings,

  • Strategy sessions within & between organisations & alliances,

  • Planning days,

  • Small-large scale community dialogues/discussions,

  • Coordination of activation, & keeping up the momentum of, action groups

  • Complex multi-stakeholder dialogues.

The tools will support your meetings to:

1. Hear a diverse range of views, & efficiently

2. Make it safe(r) to say what needs to be said & talk about the ‘unsaid’ elephants in the room (so they don't thwart your plans)

3. Know where there's real alignment/agreement & where there's not rather than assuming you have it (from strategy through to actions & plans) 

So you can achieve:

a)     Buy-in to, & actual actioning of, decisions 

b)     Resolving 'real issues’ or any tensions, small through to significant, constructively & regularly (rather than avoid them which can lead to greater issues & inefficiencies)

c)     New insights are surfaced so that decisions are better informed & robust


Furthermore this workshop is being

Core tools that you'll learn how to apply:

  • Check-in: Creative way to land people in the room so that they can more fully contribute

  • Fresh way to hear & make it say to say alternative views (aka Step 3 ‘Spread the no/alternative view’)

  • Soft Shoe Shuffle: Dynamic way to have engaging group dialogue that efficiently hears many views & encourages/enables people to not be stuck in ‘a position’

  • Debate: Used for resolving tension & conflict

  • Check-out: Leave meetings with people feeling heard & what needs to be said actually being said, rather than it becoming time consuming ‘gossip’ after the meeting

  • Diagnose early signals of people disengaging & get a really fresh perspective on understanding resistance in groups & group dynamics (via Role Theory)

So what does it cost?

So that these the tools are accessible to a wide range of people the program fees are based on a sliding scale & are at reduced rates.

Scholarships that just cover costs ($160) are available for First Nations Peoples/Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People &/or unfunded grassroots activists.

$390 small Not-For-Profit (normally $490)

$490 medium Not-For-Profit (normally $690)

$590 large Not-For-Profit (normally $790)

$1090 Business & public sector (normally $1290)


More about Deep Democracy

Borne out of South Africa's transformation from apartheid to democracy the Lewis Deep Democracy provides a transformative toolkit & roadmapfor people who lead & facilitate group processes. It is used in the business, community, social movement, public, start-up & education sectors in over 20 countries.

Vision of the founder of Deep Democracy is “a world where people are able to lean into situations where there are differences of opinion and tension and  say what needs to be said rather than asserting power and rank, silencing others or being silenced by them and then, avoiding issues and withdrawing.” 

The approach is based on Process Orientated Psychology & provides a mindset shift on how to read group dynamics. It allows people to see the behaviours, norms & patterns in the system that could be creating challenges rather than seeing the source of problems as just being ‘difficult people’.

The methodology is deep in that it supports the exchange of ideas by surfacing the range of values, beliefs, & attitudes that inform & enrich individual & group processes. It’s democratic in that it emphasises that every voice matters & that organisations, groups and individuals thrive when majority & minority voices are valued & included.


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