This course is about
transforming your consulting work to aim your work at creating significantly
more community / social change.
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 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 consultants think about the work
they do with their clients, to move their practice to the next level of
When a consultant has
worked with and internalized ways of seeing, thinking and being that aim at
creating the future of your clients communities, you can then apply those
approaches to any content area. Whether you specialize in governance, planning,
resource development, etc., your consulting work will be aligned firmly behind
the end goal of creating significant improvement to the quality of life in your
clients communities. From there, the course will help you build 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.
following is just a taste of what you can expect when you participate in this
5-day immersion course.
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.(maximum class size: 10 students). 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 every aspect of your work to be
enhanced - from your first phone call with a prospective client to the day your
work with them is completed.
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.
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