Recall a recent meeting, gathering or conversation.
- Was it an enlivening experience?
- Did you hear all the voices to gather the most wisdom in the room?
- Was there coherence?
- Was trust created?
- Was there alignment for committed action?
Consider that a convened meeting or gathering enhances and maximizes business and organizational performance by strengthening relationships, buy-in, accountability and commitment.
The Art of Convening Training gave me the tools to find my center, my intent, and my influence for any conversation I need to have in my work and life. I now have the confidence to design meetings and conversations that are important to my career and life.
- Jake Voit, Project Manager, Sustainability, Arteka Co, LLC
Since Heartland's founding in 1995 convening principles have informed our conferences, trainings, and programs. In 2004 the first Art of Convening programs established convening as a core leadership capacity and leadership field.
In this time of constant whitewater, the quality of our communications is crucial to the success of our everyday lives, work and organizations. The way we interact with one another sets the tone for not only our own well-being, but that of our organizations and communities.
The Art of Convening, or "technology of relationships," delivers a practical and essential methodology for transformational engagements that builds and expands organizational and personal resilience, emotional intelligence, and leadership capacity.
The Convening Wheel, (pictured left) a unique transformational tool, illustrates the 9 Aspects of convening, and is the heart of The Art of Convening book and all Trainings.
More than a meeting modality, a convened meeting or gathering enhances and maximizes business and organizational performance by strengthening relationships, buy-in, accountability and commitment to help people excel and be successful in their work.
How is convening different from facilitation? Convening is the art and science of gathering and holding people for the sake of the best possible outcome. Definition
Thanks so much for your positive and tangible contribution to the School of Nursing retreat yesterday. The Art of Convening principles worked! I am hearing positive feed-back: one staff member indicated that she was "very moved" by the conversations and flow of the day, especially when looking around the room at many faces of faculty and staff. - Christi Powers, University of Minnesota School of Nursing