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MAFN's January 28th Online Workshop: An Introduction to Deep Democracy: A New View into Resistance and Conflict

  • 01/28/2022
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom


Duration: 3-hour workshop (includes a little networking time)

As facilitators, our job is to help diverse groups come together, negotiate differences, and craft solutions that stick. Too often, however, group members nod their heads, but don’t really agree. Their concerns go under the surface. Occasionally, these concerns become conflicts so large that they threaten to divide a team or undermine a project. In order to achieve real commitment—and to create spaces in which people can disagree and share divergent perspectives safely—we need new methods and tools. 

In this session, participants learn about the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy, which was developed in South Africa after the fall of apartheid to help organizations recover from the legacy of racism. We will share three Deep Democracy tools: a facilitator-friendly method for surfacing differences in a group, a tool for diagnosing resistance, and a method for working with conflict.

Afterwards, if time permits, we may have time for open discussion and networking.

Learning Objectives 

In this session, participants will:

    • Learn how a Conversation in Motion can surface perspectives and uncover hidden issues
    • Use the Resistance Line to identify and diagnose hidden resistance

      Practice the Debate tool for leading a group safely through a conflict

NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).

This is a 3-hour online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 3pm EDT.


Maya Townsend brings diverse groups together to tackle complex, systemic challenges. She works with corporations, community groups, and nonprofits to help identify strategy, mobilize networks, lead change, and resolve conflict. Co-editor of Handbook for Strategic HR (AMACOM), her writing on networks, change leadership, and business ecosystems has appeared in strategy+business, People & Strategy, Nonprofit Quarterly, and other publications. Past clients include the Austin Healthy Adolescent Initiative, Bayer, Biogen, Cambridge Community Development, Fidelity, Hanover Insurance, Headspace, Open Sky Community Services, and ZUMIX. She holds an MSOD from American University and is pursuing a PhD in Leadership & Change through Antioch University.

Ipek Utun’s passion is to contribute to a world where people dare and commit to live and lead with their full potential, with love and strength. Ipek is an ICF certified PCC level Coach, ORSCC Certified Relationship and Systems Coach, Certified Shadow Work Group Facilitator and Personal Coach and Certified Deep Democracy Facilitator, Trainer and Elder. She has extensive experience in coaching and training C-level executives, senior leadership teams, women leadership groups as well as facilitating small to big group processes which hold emotional charge, polarization, and divisiveness. Ipek’s differentiating edge is her capacity to work with the deeper patterns driving complex situations and enabling personal or systemic transformation.


  • No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
  • Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
  • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
  • Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM EST.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
  • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
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