Collaborative Decision-Making: Dialogue, connecting across difference and contributing to social change

Date(s) - July 14 - 2018 until July 15 - 2018
9:45 am - 4:00 pm


Learn an effective and practical approach to dialogue and decision-making to use with groups at work, with your community and in your family.

How do groups of people who disagree with each other, make decisions together when they need to? Does it have to be in a win/lose paradigm or is there a more efficient way? How would it be for people in groups, including opponents, to realise that if all their various needs were attended to, a joint decision would be stronger, feel better, and last longer?

The principles contained in this approach will enable you to help “opposing parties” to work together, move a group on when they get stuck and contribute to systemic change in the areas of your choice.

This weekend will give you skills to:

• Enhance team collaboration, group level functioning and decision-making
• Get things done with respect and efficiency
• Achieve shared ownership of the challenge facing the group
• Handle dissent in order to find what’s truly important
• Invite creativity in solving the emerging puzzle
• Work with and within power differences
• Develop awareness of core NVC principles* & help you integrate them in your life and work
• Let people who know nothing of NVC* be heard in a safe and culturally appropriate way
• And work in solidarity and respect with those who long for change – and with those who fear or resist it.

Building trust one step at a time is how this ground-breaking approach works. Even with real life opponents in tough situations groups reach decisions that work for all present. You can read more about a real example, the resolution of the child custody fight with US State legislature at

Now, all over the world, more and more people are leading groups to breakthrough results.

Laura writes:

“In my experience this is a hope-filled and flexible process for getting groups (teams, community groups, school classes, opposing factions etc.) to take decisions together in a way that allows the work they are trying to do to get done with efficiency, power and inclusion, and/or the life they are trying to live together to be supported with flow and skill.

It offers an alternative to getting bogged down in stalemate or compromise mentality. It’s about facilitation, skilled listening, leadership, connecting across difference and very practical social change – and it’s based on core nonviolent principles.”

The training will:

• Present the key concepts of collaborative decision-making
• Develop new skills that will let you help the group build trust
• Provide the information and practice needed to start using the tools
• Help you use connection in the service of purpose
• Model how to use the approach at work and with family or community groups
• Use an experiential style with real life examples
• Be challenging, moving, supportive and fun.

Collaborative Decision-Making and the convergent facilitation approach it draws on is based on core connecting principles learned from Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

Open to all
Completion of an NVC Foundation Training will be helpful but not essential.

Event Categories:
Advanced, Anyone, Beginners, Intermediate, Parenting & Family Events, Trainings & Workshops

Organiser: Laura Harvey
Phone: 07986 581952

Pricing Information:
£180 for individuals (negotiable for those prevented from coming by cost) £250 for people for self-employed and those for whom the fee is tax deductible £290/£370 for people paid for by their organisation.

How to Book:
Email Laura at for a booking form or more information Or text your email to 07986 581952 with a message.

The previous two Collaborative Decision-Making courses have been held in Oxford. There is flexibility about the venue for this third one and we are open to requests for accessibility and hosting to make this work available in different geographic locations. Sheffield? Leeds? Derbyshire? What would work for you – and would you like to collaborate to make it happen? Let’s make a decision together!

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