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    • 10/28/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Wonder.me
    • 11
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    A challenge of virtual meetings is replicating the hallway moments and small-group interactions that often naturally spring from in-person events.

    Join us for a quick hands-on presentation using one of the new genre of online meeting platforms that allows attendees to wander around a room, meet new people, and form natural groups. (Or to do exhibitor booths, poster sessions, etc.)

    As facilitators, we'll also discuss how best to use this kind of platform or adapt to it -- and where it's not a good fit.

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    Facilitator: Lee Gimpel

    Please note that this is for MAFN members only and there is limited space, so please register early.

    Our guiding principles are:
    • Come open to learning (growth mindset)
    • Not expert led - will be hosted by peers with space to learn from all

      Bring your questions, share your expertise

    ONLINE CoP Discussion REMINDERS
    • If you register and cannot attend, please cancel to allow someone else to come.
    • Registration closes at midnight the day before the discussion group.
    • 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.
    • MAFN CoP discussions will not be recorded in order to support space for learning.
    For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.

    Please note that this is for MAFN members only and there is limited space, so please register early. 

    • 10/29/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online using Zoom
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    Duration: 3-hour workshop (includes a little networking time)

    About the workshop

    Do you use the power of conflict and disruption for creativity and innovation in groups? Or are you conflict-averse and struggle with this? What would become possible for you and your clients if you could increase your level of tolerance for disrupting the groups you work with?

    Let’s answer those questions and explore our attitudes, tools and behaviors when it comes to conflict and disruption in groups. We will do this while using a process designed to build groups' tolerance for high turbulence. The BRAVE ROUNDS process involves 7/8-people having iterative group discussions on a topic that matters. The process is designed to engage differences within a tolerable range of stress and invites candor, deep listening, truthful exchanges, and learning.

    We will run a few Brave Rounds to experience the process first-hand, then we will debrief the experience and do a Q&A.

    Afterwards, we will have time for open discussion and networking.

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

    ·         Learn about the process of BRAVE ROUNDS by experiencing three brave rounds on the topic of conflict and disruption

    ·         Learn why conflict and disruptions in groups are more likely to create high-cost to morale, productivity, and work relationships, rather than driving creativity and innovation.

    ·         Understand why people often hide their true feelings and conceal their opinions when talking in groups, and how to reliably increase candor in group exchanges for more productive group work.

    ·         Become familiar with the conditions that turn conflict into an abundant source of creativity, progress and innovation for groups.

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

    Speaker: 

    Adriano Pianesi is founder of ParticipAction Consulting and specializes in Leadership Development and Co-creative Change Design. He is an immigrant to the United States and an Italian-born Johns Hopkins Carey Business School adjunct professor. After 20 years as a manager in Fortune 500 companies he created ParticipAction Consulting Inc., (https://pianesi.com)  a small business committed to helping clients solve problems with the power of co-creation. He is very excited about the change work he is currently doing in-person and virtually with the Institute for Global Tobacco Control, and with the Hopkins Innovation Lab.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • 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.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.
    • 11/05/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
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    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    Professional associations must balance the inevitable tension of cooperation and competition. Members know that their colleagues are the ones who also really get what they do, who have valuable expertise, and who can be tremendous resources. But we also often don’t fully engage with peers because we fall into the trap of thinking, “We all do the same thing” or we see them as competitors. 

    This session will demonstrate some hands-on “expertise mapping” techniques. Participants will see how to productively tap into the wisdom of a (client) group while they also discover valuable connections within their facilitation network. 

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

    • See and use two “expertise/knowledge mapping” techniques.
    • Understand how and when to use “expertise/knowledge mapping” with groups.
    • Use “expertise/knowledge mapping” to network within your facilitator attendees to find valuable connections and expertise. 

    NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register. 

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT.

    Speaker:

    Lee Gimpel is the founder of Better Meetings, a meeting facilitation, training and design firm in Washington, DC. Online and in person, Better Meetings blends group facilitation, audience participation tactics, and human-centered design. In addition, Lee is the creator of the Conference Organizers Summit, an industry convening for forward-thinking event professionals. He writes about meetings for Forbes and is widely quoted in the media on meetings and conferences, including in USA Today, HuffPost, Convene, Prevue Meetings & Incentives, Tradeshow News Network, and MeetingsNet. A previous MAFN presenter, he also leads the Washington, DC community of practice for Liberating Structures facilitators.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • 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.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.
    • 11/19/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online using Zoom
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    Duration: 3-hour workshop (includes a little networking time)

    About the workshop

    • What if conversation truly is the medium for transformation? How do we make them better?

    • How do you skillfully interweave participatory practices so they support groups to stay together to get the good stuff done? 

    • What are the key practices that can turn you into a well-seasoned host of emergent space?

    The Art of Hosting & Harvesting Conversations That Matter (www.artofhosting.org) is an international practice field created to support ordinary people to host and harvest the conversations that matter most to them. It combines the methods of Circle, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space, World Café and a focus on the Fourfold Practice, a map for practitioners about how to balance their personal practice.

    In this workshop, we will delve into both the personal practice of the Art of Hosting and its practical application. We’ll ask you to be both participants and also practitioners, actively working as a field to create collective wisdom from our time together. Rather than focusing on the technicalities of the methods, we will focus on how they become potent partners in the dance of working well together.

    Your host is Mary Alice Arthur (www.getsoaring.com/follow-mary-alice), an international steward of the Art of Hosting.

    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 EST.

    Speaker: 

    Mary Alice Arthur is a Story Activist working with story in service of positive systemic shift and for focusing collective intelligence on critical issues. She guides people to find and activate the story that will take them into a larger and more authentic future. With story as an ally, people become the visionary leaders, changemakers and paradigm shifters they want to be. They learn to trust themselves and that makes them shine. They know story is our lens on the world and determines our agency. They have the knowledge and tools to change it for the better.

    She is an internationally recognised process host, building capacity for people to bring their stories to life and create change together with more than 25 years in practice. She loves to work with large and small systemic stories holding keys for a more generative future. She is a steward of Art of Hosting, teaching participatory practice around the world and a co-creator of the Collective Story Harvest methodology.

    Mary Alice is the author of 365 ALIVE! Find your voice. Claim your story. Live your brilliant life. and hosts THE STORY DOJO, an online community focused on the power and practice of story. She works with individuals, communities and organizations around the world.   www.getsoaring.com

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • 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.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.
    • 12/03/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
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    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    We are living in a world where attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. In addition, people are developing "Zoom Fatigue" as a result of the rise of video conferencing during the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a facilitator, it may seem like the odds are stacked up against you. However, all is not lost. Believe it or not, it is still possible to deliver a meaningful experience in a virtual environment. One that keeps your attendees engaged, sitting on the edge of their seat, and hanging on your every word. Want to know how? Then you need to sign up now!

    In the Steal the Show workshop you will get the training and practice needed to become a highly polished virtual presenter. This 90 minute, highly interactive workshop is based on the science of improv thinking and purposeful play. You will participate in experiential activities designed to help you be more dynamic in front of the camera, communicate more clearly, and think on your feet. In addition, you will participate in playful games that you can implement right away to enhance any training. 

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

    • Learn activities designed to keep your audience engaged

    • Practice techniques to enhance your ability to facilitate  in a virtual environment

      Understand how to create an environment that accelerates connection and intimacy for your attendees

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

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST.

    Speakers: 

    Gary Ware, the Founder of Breakthrough Play is a corporate facilitator, keynote speaker, certified coach, and self-proclaimed Creative Catalyst. Gary has over 14 years of experience in the corporate world holding various leadership positions. Being a multifaceted individual, Gary also comes with nearly a decade of experience as a performer in improv theatre. After experiencing burnout in his pursuit for success and happiness, he realized that what was missing was play. Committing to a life of play is what led Gary to discover his passion for facilitating. Gary uses the power of applied improvisation and other playful methods to assist people in unlocking creativity, confidence, and better communication. Gary was recently featured as one of the Top 100 HR influencers of 2021 by the Engagedly HR software platform. When Gary isn't leading workshops or speaking, you can find him learning magic or off on an adventure with his wife Courtney and son Garrett.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • 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.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.
    • 12/17/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online using Zoom
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    Duration: 3-hour workshop (includes a little networking time)

    NOTE:  This session will NOT be recorded.  If you register, please plan to attend as we will not be sending a recording after this session.

    About the workshop

    Facilitators have a key role to play in ensuring that meetings of diverse groups of people are also inclusive. Understanding what full inclusion looks and feels like, and being able to identify the obstacles to full inclusion are the first steps toward facilitating inclusive meetings. This workshop will help you move beyond the “keep us on time and on track” approach to help clients ensure that everyone who is invited is at the table (literally and figuratively) and is able to fully contribute to the work of the group.

    NOTE:  This session will NOT be recorded.  If you register, please plan to attend as we will not be distributing a recording of the workshop.

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

    • Explore the different kinds of power dynamics in groups

      Learn how to move from facilitation as gatekeeping to facilitation as “groundskeeping” - taking into account both individual behaviors and organizational norms, mores, and expectations

      Explore the importance of making implicit behavioral norms explicit and open to change

      Learn how to make meetings collaborative and inclusive, even in the context of hierarchical organizational cultures

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

    Speaker: 

    Sherry A. Marts, Ph.D., CEO of S*Marts Consulting LLC, is a skilled workshop leader, writer, and speaker with a lively personality and an excellent sense of humor. She provides training and consulting services for creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive conferences, meetings, and events. Her work lies at the intersection of her professional life as an association executive, and her training and experience as a women’s self-defense instructor. Sherry received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Biology from the University of Hertfordshire, and her Ph.D. in Physiology from Duke University. Sherry received the 2018 MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • 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.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.
    • 01/14/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
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    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    Games are an excellent way for people to learn and practice new skills individually, but they can be even more powerful as a vehicle for people to learn and grow together. Great collective play experiences result in a team that holds even more value than just the sum of its parts.

    In this webinar, we are going to explore how not only playing games, but also creating games with others is such a valuable experience for building stronger team culture and cohesion. Alex Suchman and Peter Williamson, two co-founders of Barometer XP, will talk about how to create a game that facilitates collective growth. The webinar includes playing a few of Barometer’s games, a breakdown of the game-creation process, and a behind-the-scenes case study of how Barometer applied the process to build their signature game, Balloon.

    Learning Objectives 

    The learning objectives for this webinar include:

    • Encouraging self-awareness and reflection at both the individual and group level through game play.

      Identifying different game mechanics and how (and when) to use them to achieve social and emotional learning outcomes.

      Establishing a framework for successful game development.


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

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST.

    Speakers:

    Alexandra Suchman is passionate about creating the human-centered workplaces that make a difference in the world. Her consulting, coaching, and training helps businesses and nonprofits foster the strong teams and operational infrastructures needed to advance their mission and goals. Alex holds a B.A. in Psychology from Colby College and a Master in Public Policy from The George Washington University. She’s also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and DISC Coach.

    Peter Williamson is a professional golfer turned entrepreneur who uses his love of knowledge of games, design, and philanthropy to catalyze change in communities. In addition to co-founding Barometer Interactive, he also leads a DC-based creative agency called Game Genius, co-chairs a local giving circle, sits on two nonprofit boards, and is an active Global Shapers member. Peter has a B.A. in Studio Art and Geography from Dartmouth College.


    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • 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.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.

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