This book is about restoring wholeness to ourselves, our families, communities, and organizations by unleashing and igniting the brilliance and genius inherent whenever two or more are gathered. We are all born perfect and whole; now is our time to experience that in one another. Through the principles and practices of The Art of Convening (AoC) anyone can learn that "everyday communion" is not only possible, it is an imperative for the world to work for everyone. There are myriad titles on facilitating and hosting meeting methodologies, but none that prepares the individual with the skills and practices to handle the demands of being an inspired convener in a time when stakes have never been higher to make collective decisions that affect life on this planet.
The work addresses the essential principles and practices for those "called" to convene and lead meetings and gatherings that produce transformational outcomes for the people in them and their organizations, communities and the world. The authors take the reader through nine critical steps that are part of three larger motives:The convener engages with him or herself clarify the issues, intent, and how to extend the invitation. The convener engages with participants to set context and receive all feedback and opinionsThe participants engage with each other to create essential conversations and a commitment to action