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The Art of Convening is a practical and essential methodology for transformational engagements that builds and expands organizational and personal resilience, emotional intelligence, and leadership capacity.

Recall a recent meeting, gathering or conversation. 
  • Was it an enlivening experience?
  • Was everyone on the same page? 
  • Were conditions for trust created?
  • Was there alignment for committed action?
Consider that an intentionally convened meeting or gathering enhances and maximizes business and organizational performance by strengthening relationships, buy-in, accountability and commitment.

The Art of Convening Training gave me the tools to find my center, my intent, and my influence for any conversation I need to have in my work and life.  I now have the confidence to design meetings and conversations that are important to my career and life. 
- Project Manager, Sustainability, Terra Services Inc.

Since Heartland's founding in 1995 convening principles have informed our conferences, trainings, and programs.  
In 2004 the first Art of Convening programs established convening as a core leadership capacity and leadership field.

In this time of constant whitewater, the quality of our communications is crucial to the success of our everyday lives, work and organizations. The way we interact with one another sets the tone for not only our own well-being, but that of our organizations and communities. 

The Convening Wheel, (pictured left) a unique transformational tool, illustrates the 9 Aspects of convening, and is the heart of The Art of Convening book and all Trainings.

More than a meeting modalitya convened meeting or gathering enhances and maximizes business and organizational performance by strengthening relationships, buy-in, accountability and commitment to help people excel and be successful in their work.

How is convening different from facilitation?  Convening is the art and science of gathering and holding people for the sake of the best possible outcome. Definition

Thanks so much for your positive and tangible contribution to the School of Nursing retreat yesterday. The Art of Convening principles worked! I am hearing positive feed-back: one staff member indicated that she was "very moved" by the conversations and flow of the day, especially when looking around the room at many faces of faculty and staff. - University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Are you an Art of Convening Graduate? The AoC Graduate Community is for you.

Organizations with Art of Convening Training Graduates: partial list

Altera Corporation · American Sustainable Business Council · The Boeing Company · California Dept. of Social Services · Cargill, Inc. · Center for Integrative Leadership · Chevron- Project Resources Company · Cisco Systems, Inc. · Conflict Transformation Program · Environmental Initiative · Fielding Graduate University · Great Falls Citizens Association · Haleakala Waldorf School · HealthEast Care System · Highland Hall Waldorf School · Honeywell International · John F. Kennedy University · Johnson & Johnson LifeScan · Lee Hecht Harrison · Medtronic, Inc. · Microsoft · Midwest Energy Association · Minneapolis Community & Technical College · Minnesota Pollution Control Agency · National Brain Aneurysm Center · The Nature Conservancy · Northwest Cooperative Development Center · Park Nicollet Health Services · Presbyterian Church · Salesforce.com · Small Planet Foods/General Mills · Spire Federal Credit Union · St. Catherine University · Thrivent Financial for Lutherans · Today’s Health & Wellness Magazine · Unitarian Universalist Church · University of Iowa · University of Minnesota · University of San Francisco · University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Center · US Department of Labor · W.L. Gore & Associates · Walden University · Wells Fargo & Company · Xcel Energy
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                             Art of Convening Training graduates come from every corner of the world


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