Center for Council invites you to be part of a ground-breaking training initiative designed specifically for nonprofit organizations working for social justice in Southern California. Training your staff in Council can bring the kind of empathic listening that leads to better communication and understanding, which, in turn, leaves more time for your mission and less time dealing with internal conflict and inefficiency.
Over six months, Social Justice Council Project will work to deepen the organizational culture of listening within 13 selected nonprofit organizations. The practice of Council can help colleagues reflect on what matters to them, to the organization, and to the clients they serve. Used as a template rather than an add-on, Council can transform meetings, and lead to improved team building and problem solving. Through a circle practice like Council, nonprofits can build stronger internal communities and become more adept at engaging with and serving each other and the outside world.
The program runs from the Fall/Winter of 2017 to Spring/Summer 2018. Applications are due September 15, 2017.
Organizations selected for participation in the Social Justice Council Project will receive:
Pre-program consultation and planning, including an introductory Council workshop, if desired.
A 16-hour Council training for a group of 20 staff members. Trainings will cover the background and structure of Council practice, a variety of Council techniques and group activities, and hands-on practice in facilitating Council.
Monthly follow-up workshops held with Council trained staff members. These professional developments will be tailored to the organization as it integrates Council into its culture.
Individualized mentoring and consulting, may include demonstration Councils with board members, clients, or other constituents. Council can be used to explore interdepartmental conflicts, or to ease transitions within the organization. The Council trainers will work with the organization to identify the needs that can be addressed through Council practice.
A culminating networking event will be held at project end, in the spring or summer of 2018. This day-long Council-based workshop will be an exciting opportunity to forge alliances with other social justice oriented nonprofits.