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Imagine meetings where everyone is heard and all people matter.

Picture organizations that embrace all voices and are committed to justice, equity and opportunity. Imagine businesses, nonprofits and the public sector creatively engaging people in thousands of ways—seeking their best ideas, empowering the silenced, and building communities where all are treated with dignity
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Paperback, 2nd edition, 262 pages
Published October 12th 2021 by Emerald Lake Books (first published August 10th 2019)
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    Todd Cheng
    Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    If you want to develop better tradecraft in collaboration this is a quick read on the topic. It is not an exhaustive as “Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-making” but “Thrive” provides a high level foil to the importance of approaching facilitation with mature practice. ...more
    Barbara
    Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book is excellent. It combines theory, practice, and narrative in a manner that is accessible and usable. It would be good for novice and experienced facilitators, alike. It led me to reflect on my cultural assumptions, my position of white privilege, and the unconscious assumptions that I carry into meetings. It also gave me ideas for new icebreakers, better agendas, and ways to include persons with disabilities. I highly recommend it. Buy one for yourself and some for your colleagues. You ...more
    Dora Okeyo
    Oct 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I love the practicality of this book and that's because it can suit two kinds of people; the professional facilitator and the one who loves to have a conversation and the latter may be more.
    The major take-aways I got from this book was on the importance of listening, engaging people in dialogue and above all, in not just getting people to interact or communicate but going beyond just talk into action- especially on the topic of strategic plans and management in organizations.
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    Terra Fletcher
    Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Highly recommend. Practical. Easy to read. Excellent list of further reading to add to my TBR list.

    As a professional speaker, I found this book very valuable. The chapters that interested me were on structuring an agenda, setting ground rules, and flexible roles in meetings. I will be using the fogging technique when faced with criticism. I will apply the mutual invitation techniques and make sure all voices are heard. I appreciated the info on strategic planning facilitation as well, as I'd lik
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    Great facilitators commit to being inclusive and even-handed.
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    Dr. Mark Smutny is a professional facilitator, diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, workshop leader, coach, author and founder of Civic Reinventions, Inc. His career spans several specialties including nonprofit leadership in senior transportation services, homelessness and affordable housing services, small business development and community organizing. He is an ordained minister in the P ...more

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