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Collaborative Innovation Essentials

Monday, August 31, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM PDT

Tuesday, September 1, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM PDT

HOST: Stanislaus Community Foundation

100 Sycamore Ave., Ste. 200
Modesto, CA 95354

This is our intensive introduction to the collaborative innovation methodology, covering critical success factors, key patterns, 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:


  1. Establishing the conditions for powerful collaboration

  2. Aligning diverse interests around a powerful shared goal

  3. Mapping a shared understanding of system dynamics

  4. Helping stakeholders develop real empathy for everyone affected by the work

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

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

  7. Scaling up the work and the impact

  8. Building a shared learning environment


People who attend this course tend to have these types of questions:


  • How do I get started in building a systems change collaborative?

  • Whom do I need to engage as I move forward, and when (and how)?

  • How do I get people to volunteer their time for this work when they’re all so busy?

  • How am I going to get these people to agree to do something meaningful together, and actually do it?

  • How do I communicate the value of collaboration to people who don’t seem to value it?

  • How do we get to action, but also take time to build relationships and deepen our learning?

  • How do I deal with counterproductive conflict and difficult human dynamics?


During our optional “no-host” 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 this course.


Best suited for: Individuals and teams who are directly leading multi-stakeholder systems change collaboratives and networks, and consultants who support these leaders.


Session inputs: None required


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

Includes course manual and supplies, breakfasts, lunches and afternoon chocolates

(Need financial support to attend? Get in touch with us)


Course length: 2 days

Trainers: Russ Gaskin, Heather Equinoss

Please note: Refunds will only be issued for up to 7 days before the workshop. Please contact us below to request a refund.

Got a tough problem to solve, or a big vision to realize? Register now to get the tools, frameworks, and skills you need to lead complex change.
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