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Virtual Workshop:
Leveraging Creative Tensions

Pacific US: December 14, 2020, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Eastern US: December 14, 2020, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NZDT: December 15, 2020, 9:00 am - noon

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 all stakeholders to form a greater, more integrated view of the needs and interests at play and the problems and the opportunities we face.

In this essentials workshop, 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. Identify common tensions that can threaten trust and progress in multi-stakeholder collaborations 

  2. Reframe those tensions so they are seen as assets by the group

  3. Learn how to manage creative tensions more effectively as a leader and facilitator of change


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

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

  • Mapping these value dynamics to reveal the hidden interdependence in opposing views

  • Foster deeper collaboration at the level of values, resulting in more robust analysis and resilient solutions

  • Employ a more culturally integrative approach to collaboration


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: $225 USD per person. 
Registration includes digital copies of all course materials and resources. 


Course length: 3 hours


Trainers: Russ Gaskin, Heather Equinoss

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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