How to live the art of invitation in our work, families and communities?
Participatory processes, whether single meetings or long term strategic interventions, require a solid invitation in order for people to show up and contribute.
Because participatory processes are still a relatively unorthodox way of meeting and tackling strategic issues, invitations need to be participatory too, and they must unfold over time, inviting people specifically and in a way that engages them long before the meeting begins. The saying “The conversation begins long before the meeting starts” should guide the way you plan an invitation.
“A good soup attracts chairs.” – An Akan proverb
A good invitation should stem from a real need to meet and engage with others. The purpose of this course is to explore and unpack what the art of invitation really means. Working with the practice of invitation as an action rather than something that happens BEFORE the action we will explore underlying principles and practices and look at how “embodying invitation” is one of the most important practices you can develop for doing any participatory strategic work successfully.
As you are creating your invitation and sharing it, you are creating the conditions for success, results and impact. You are planting the seeds for what your conversation or process will yield.
3 Wednesdays | May 17, 24nd & 31st | 10.00 – 12.00 AM Pacific Time
- 1: Creating and Embodying Invitation
The subtle arts of connecting to “call”, need, and longing.
- 2 : Sharing the invitation
Who is sharing the invitation, how is it being shared, and what impact is it having?
- 3: Invitation as a leadership practice
Inviting organizations and creating a culture of invitation
(w/ Michael Herman?)
Inviting Leadership is the Conscious Practice of Making It Easier, for People Who Care, to Take Informed Action, on Issues and Opportunities that Matter, in any kind of Corporate or Community organization.
How inviting is your organization and your leadership, in spirit and in practice? This is the big strategic question every organization and leader needs to answer now. There is no more effective (and humane!) way to bring people together, get people’s best insights and efforts, and drive continuous learning and improvement – and no more important business need – than to invite them. – Michael Herman
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood
and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for
the endless immensity of the sea.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
What is the format?
We’ll be using a participatory, peer-learning format that will draw on the power and expanse of our shared experience and increase our capacity to learn with and from each other.
Working online, we can take advantage of the international scope of our interconnected communities.
- Participatory “Real Time” Sessions
- Exercises to Apply in your own Context
- Closed Facebook Group for Peer Exchange
- Course Compendium for Ongoing Work & Reference
In our online learning environments: Zoom, Facebook, & Beehive Production’s Platform
300 $US – We have priced this course to be as accessible as possible – 100% of the suggested registration fee covers the costs of producing this training.
AND we don’t want finances to get in the way of your participation, so there are alternative financial options in your registration form, including an invitation to contribute more to cover those who can’t pay the full rate.