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Convening

At the Meadowlark Institute we believe one of the most important decisions your organization, community or business will make is the selection of who will serve as your convener or host for an organizational staff or Board convening, planning process or public activity. We believe good convening is an Art. We believe that when people come together in dialogue they are entering into relationship with each other. Good convening/hosting understands this relational context and the importance of creating spaces where people can work together toward the highest potential outcome.
Hosting/convening is a practice of “being human together and meeting in our humanity”; its core elements are invitation, participation, learning, and transformative action that allow us to become conscious learners, in a community of learners. Meadowlark Institute supports a group to collectively move toward new meaning and wise actions by working with emergence, holding chaos and order. In this sense, hosting is distinct from process facilitation in the way it integrates both a personal practice of hosting oneself as a learner and the shared responsibility of being in service to the whole.

Meadowlark Institute staff and Partners are skilled at convening or hosting all types of meetings or events where people come together for dialogue to address issues of concern or opportunity. We can provide a full range of services including complete meeting planning (logistics, structure/agenda, invitations, etc.), agenda and structure planning, convening/hosting of the meeting and follow-up, including reports and harvest.

We believe that when participants in meetings are able to authentically engaged with each other, they will be energized and connected, generate meaningful conversation, open up for co-creation of something new, and become into alignment that leads to true commitment to the outcomes from those who participate.

We follow the principles of essential conversation developed by the Heartland Circle:

Contact Jerry or Joe if you would like to discuss how the Meadowlark Institute can be of service to your organization, business or community.

 

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