COURSES

We’ve taken the best of over two dozen approaches to collaboration, strategy, and change—and designed a
training program just for you.

 

ALL COURSES

Collaborative Innovation Essentials (2.5 days)

This is our intensive introduction to the collaborative innovation methodology, covering critical success factors, key dynamics, and the essential tools we use to build alignment and progress toward audacious goals. In this hands-on course, you'll learn the core Collaborative Innovation methods that have driven powerful changes in industries and communities around the world. Centered around your own initiative or a challenge that you care about, you'll apply these methods in real time, making progress on your project while building your capacity to lead collaborative change.

 

This workshop will support you to:

 

  1. Design and lead multi-stakeholder collaborations fueled by real alignment, engagement, and momentum

  2. Lead more confidently through the fear and uncertainty of leading complex change across ideological and cultural boundaries

  3. Help groups navigate the confusion and polarization that shows up when engaging diverse constituents

 

You will leave this workshop with increased effectiveness and skill in:

 

  • Establishing the conditions for powerful collaboration

  • Aligning diverse interests around a powerful shared goal

  • Mapping a shared understanding of system dynamics

  • Helping stakeholders develop real empathy for everyone affected by the work

  • Identifying the critical shifts that need to happen in order to realize your goal

  • Developing a powerful set of ideas, build them into working prototypes and test them in the real world

  • Scaling up the work and the impact

  • Building a shared learning environment

 

During the Essentials course, you'll work with a group of five other participants and a coach from our team to deepen your learning alongside other change leaders working on challenges in social justice, shared prosperity, and sustainability.  During the evening meal, we'll share more stories and learning with one another about how to lead the change that our world needs. Building a network of dynamic leaders from across sectors to support your work over time is just one of the many benefits of participation in our programs.

 

Session inputs: None required

 

Registration cost: $950 - $1,750 per person

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Course length: 2.5 days, 10:00 AM – 5 PM; 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM; 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Trainers: Russ Gaskin, Maren Maier, Heather Equinoss, Melissa Darnell

 

Collaborative Leadership Essentials (1.5 days)

This is a highly experiential workshop covering an integrative and powerful approach to leading collaboration. It focuses on the nuts-and-bolts planning, facilitation, and leadership practices to help diverse groups move from goal setting to advancing real work together. We combine mini-lectures with applied facilitation in real situations, covering both virtual and in-person collaboration. We also use real facilitation challenges faced by participants to learn and apply methods for moving through conflict, confusion, and uncertainty in groups.

 

This workshop will support you to:

 

  1. Combine the best of leadership and collaboration to lead change more powerfully

  2. Lead more effectively through confusion and avoid conversations that run in circles

  3. Set and work with others from a clear shared intent

 

You will leave this workshop with increased effectiveness and skill in:

 

  1. Setting an intentional agenda

  2. Setting the context, space, and pace at the beginning of a meeting

  3. Establishing a culture of accountability

  4. Shaping the conversation and giving direction during and between meetings

  5. Creating a narrative for the group that builds momentum

  6. Moving from discussion and insight to real work products

 

Session inputs: None required

 

Registration cost: $575 - $1,050 per person

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Course length: 1.5 days, 8:45 AM – 5 PM; 8:45 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Trainers: Russ Gaskin, Maren Maier, Heather Equinoss, Melissa Darnell

 
Leveraging Difference for Innovation (1.5 days)

To lead complex change across cultural, sectoral, and functional boundaries, we need to foster genuine alignment, not just superficial compliance, among diverse stakeholders. This need requires that we find effective and reliable ways to draw on the diverse values and experiences of everyone involved to form a greater, more integrated view of both the problems and the opportunities we face.


In this session, you will experience and learn methods for seeing, mapping and leveraging the fundamental differences among stakeholders’ values in order to convert conflict and polarization into authentic alignment and productive collaboration. By providing a practical framework and tool for addressing the underlying fears, values, and aspirations at play in any situation, this approach lays a foundation for success in working on even the most polarizing challenges.

 

This workshop will support you to:

 

  1. Build genuine trust and collaboration among people who must work together but often don’t even like each other

  2. Transcend conflict and help others see and value the wisdom in ”conflicting” perspectives

  3. Anticipate and get ahead of conflicts and limited solutions by seeing more of the whole picture

You will leave this workshop with increased effectiveness and skill in:

 

  1. Seeing the underlying values driving stakeholders' motivations, fears, and behaviors

  2. Mapping these value dynamics to reveal the sources of unproductive conflict and polarization

  3. Clearly understanding and describing what polarities are and how they work in organizations

  4. Distinguishing "problems to solve" from "polarities to leverage"

  5. Helping groups get unstuck from conflict and polarization

  6. Reframing fear and resistance in a more positive and constructive light using the polarity lens

  7. Foster collaboration at the level of values, resulting in much more resilient solutions

 

Session inputs: None required; We offer an optional organizational or team polarity assessment to identify key polarities to work with during the training (if desired)

Registration cost: $575 - $1,050 per person

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Course length: 1.5 days, 8:45 AM – 5 PM; 8:45 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Trainers: Russ Gaskin, Maren Maier, Heather Equinoss

 
Design & Systems Thinking for Transformational Change (3 days)

A highly experiential and applied intensive workshop on using the best of both human-centered design and systems thinking to see what’s happening across a system, identify critical intervention points, and design powerful and resilient solutions. In this workshop, you’ll gain two powerful tools for helping everyone make sense of what’s going on, connect much more deeply to the need for profound change, map a powerful strategy, and design solutions that really work.

 

This workshop will support you to:

 

  1. Align everyone around a shared analysis of the whole system and deep empathy with people in the system

  2. Identify critical leverage points for change

  3. Design robust, resilient solutions that will stick

  4. Connect leaders much more deeply into the work, and garner profound commitment and ownership

 

You will leave this workshop with increased effectiveness and skill in:

 

  1. Using human-centered design to reveal real human needs, experiences, and aspirations, so solutions will make a real difference for people

  2. Using systems thinking to help everyone gain the same picture of what’s going on and where the key areas of change lie

  3. Using tools and methods from design and systems thinking to accelerate analysis, impact, and transformational change

  4. Aligning strategy and interventions with a clear and powerful blueprint for change

  5. Developing deeper ownership among key stakeholders

 

Session inputs: None required.

 

Registration cost: $1,150 - $1,950 per person

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Course length: 3 days, 8:45 AM – 5 PM

 

Trainers: Russ Gaskin, Maren Maier, Heather Equinoss

 
 
Advanced Collaborative Leadership (3 days)

This dynamic program is for people who are involved in organizational change and large-scale system transformation. Based on the Gestalt theory and practice, this three-day intensive provides you with a combination of theory, conceptual presentations, and opportunities to practice your intervention skills and receive feedback from other participants and intensive leaders. 

 

This intensive workshop will support you to:

 

  1. Develop yourself as an effective instrument of change 

  2. Focus energy on solving the challenges at hand rather than solely working within a culturally-preferred model 

  3. Recognize levels of system and the appropriate types of intervention

  4. Create appropriate designs for interventions that consider the consequences for individuals, groups, and the organization

 

You will leave this workshop with increased effectiveness and skill in:

 

  1. Examining and changing your own worldview and way of making meaning

  2. Increasing your ability to intervene effectively

  3. Enhancing the skills needed to implement and support others implementing required changes

  4. Discriminating between observations, interpretations, judgments, descriptions, and evaluations

  5. Identifying, supporting, and facilitating clear, meaningful interactions among all stakeholders who are part of your system

  6. Understanding, tracking, and intervening in individual and organizational interactions across different levels of system

  7. Cultivating your openness to change and development as both a person and a change resource, including the ability to use “failures” and negative feedback constructively

  8. Applying what has been learned in your own situations back home

 

Session inputs: Pre-reading from Cleveland Consulting Group

 

Registration cost: $1,150 - $1,950 per person

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Course length: 3 days, 8:45 AM – 5 PM

 

Trainers: Herb Stevenson, Cleveland Consulting Group; Russ Gaskin, CoCreative

 
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