Tag: Technology of Participation (ToP)® / Facilitation
By R. Brian Stanfield
Many of us increasingly face working in teams or groups where complex issues arise. We want to deal with these issues in an efficient, highly participatory manner that honours the group's diverse perspectives and individual creativity. Many of us have participated in meetings that are frustratingly inefficient and/or dominated by one or two individuals. How do we efficiently work with these complex issues and form a consensus to action?
Learn one of ICA's key methods. This Technology of Participation ToP™ method has been used for over 40 years in many different countries. The book describes the consensus workshop method; the steps in the process; its many uses and its development. It also delves into workshop design and preparation, the style of the leader as well as ways of dealing with difficult situations. If you have been using the method, the book will provide you with new and greater insights. If you are new to workshopping, the book provides the steps, the reasons behind the steps and hints to make the workshop flow smoothly. We have included the most current information on workshopping available anywhere. The methods are based upon the practices of highly experienced facilitators throughout the world.
R. Brian Stanfield is the author of the companion volume, The Art of Focused Conversation, and The Courage to Lead (New Society Publishers). A non-profit with a presence in 48 countries, the ICA has worked for 45+ years in organisational development, adult and child education, community development, and methods of social change.