As The Pollyanna
Principles makes clear, learning to simply do new things is
a small part of what it will take to transform the work of the Community
Benefit Sector. The more important (and often more difficult) step is to
transform the assumptions and expectations that undergird those skills.
For that reason, the
Immersion Level course in the Community-Driven Consulting curriculum is aimed
first and foremost at transforming the way you as a consultant think about the
work you do with your clients, to take your practice to the next level of
When a consultant has
worked with and internalized Community-Driven ways of seeing, thinking and
being with their work, they can then apply those skills to any specific content
area. Whether you specialize in governance, planning, resource development,
etc., your consulting practice will be aligned more firmly behind the end goal
of effecting significant improvement to the quality of life in your
This course, therefore,
is about transforming your consulting work to more effectively be the change
you want to see; and then building the business side of your practice to
reflect that work.
Students must have at
least one year experience in consulting to Community Benefit Organizations (or
its equivalent) prior to participating in this course. If you are not sure if
your experience is equivalent, please ask us.
We understand that often
consultants would prefer to learn alongside those who are at similar places in
their careers - seasoned consultants with seasoned consultants, for example.
However our experience shows that when a group is learning new ways of
thinking, having seasoned and newer consultants learning together is actually a
benefit, as both bring much to the discussion.
Consultant will be
able to aim clients at their highest potential for creating a better future for
Consultant will have practiced each of the
processes and systems in the Community-Driven curriculum, and will have learned
how to transform the systems he/she is currently using by infusing
Community-Driven philosophies and approaches into those systems.
Consultant will have a network of
supportive colleagues for ongoing learning and support after the
The Immersion Level
Program will center around a 5-day intensive on-site program, in Tucson,
Arizona. This 5-day timeframe accomplishes numerous objectives simultaneously,
providing students with enough time to learn and practice multiple new
approaches, while also providing the time to reflect both individually and
collectively on the assumptions, expectations and belief systems the consultant
will bring to his/her work.
The program core will be
a Learning Community, to ensure participants gain knowledge from both the
Institute staff and from each other. The on-site environment will encourage
learning / practicing new skills together, discussing, exploring, reflecting
and sharing each others wisdom.
The Learning Community
will continue after the on-site work, through email discussions and/or other
online tools, to provide ongoing support for implementing more Community-Driven
approaches with clients.
The Immersion Level Program will include:
5 day intensive learning experience, on-site
in Tucson, Arizona
Workbook with handouts / worksheets for use
Post-session Conference Call 30 days after
the session, to answer questions, share experiences, and remove stumbling
Email discussion group before, during and
after the session, for ongoing Learning Community support. Institute staff will
assist with questions / problems as participants begin applying new approaches
to their work with clients
Ongoing assistance by Institute staff for
clarifying / answering questions that arise as students begin transforming
their consulting practice
Additional technology tools, such as a wiki
or other on-line community, as requested by students and as developed.
The focus in the
Immersion Level is to apply Community-Driven thinking to the practical
processes / systems consultants use with their clients. The focus in this
course is Hands-On, How-to learning, for re-considering their existing
processes / systems and for adopting new systems.
That said, this is not a
how to facilitate class. The systems that will be presented - as
listed below - will be reviewed step-by-step as examples of The Pollyanna
Principles in action. Discussion will focus not only on how the
principles are reflected in these particular systems, but how the consultant
can apply those principles to the work they are already doing with their
The following are the systems that will be reviewed,
step-by-step, in this course.
I - Governing for
- Defining What Matters:
- Facilitating vision work
- Putting mission into vision-based context
- Facilitating values work
- Putting What Matters into Action - the place
where most vision / values work falls down!
II - Community
Impact / Organizational Wellness Planning
- Step-by-Step facilitation of the Planning
Process Facilitation technique
- Discussion / integration of other planning
approaches and techniques
III - Program
Development and Sustainability
Facilitation of processes for:
- Building programs upon shared community
- Asset-Based Resource Development
- Community Engagement
Practice-Building: Impact Consulting
- Applying the approaches youve learned
to create dramatic results within your consulting practice.
- How to use systems such as Vision-Based
Impact Planning for your practice, to get what you really want.
- Sales training specific to Community Benefit
clients, from initial inquiry thru proposal, negotiations & final contract
- Transforming your entire practice to aim at
client impact and outcomes - and how to sell that for increased fees
The following is just a
taste of what you can expect when you participate in this 5-day immersion
Expect to learn from the instructors and
from other students, and expect to share your own experience, wisdom and ideas,
in a highly interactive environment. Expect to form a trusting Community of
Practice with your classmates, that will last beyond just the 5 days.
Expect to be stretched and challenged, as
you begin holding yourself accountable for the community outcomes your clients
(and you) have the potential to achieve.
Expect to change your own assumptions,
views, belief systems and expectations about how you integrate your life and
your work with your community and your world.
Expect to leave with approaches you can put
into practice with your clients immediately.
Expect to be inspired and energized. And
expect to laugh and have a lot of fun.
program dates and fees)
Oct 26 - Oct
Nov 16 - Nov
FOR MSO's ONLY
Jan 18 - Jan 22
Feb 22 - Feb 26