Keystone’s Common Higher Ground Workshop helps professionals in all sectors develop strategies and build skills for effective decision-making and problem-solving within and beyond their organizations. For this international online edition of the workshop, Keystone is partnering with Nina Harding, a nationally accredited Mediator based in Australia.
Many pressing problems cannot be solved sustainably by one person or party. The workshop is designed for leaders and emerging leaders who need to build a shared vision in the face of apparent differences, whether within a single organization, between organizations, within a community, or across society.
Participants will learn collaborative skills and strategies from Keystone’s experienced practitioners, who will demonstrate how the collaborative skillset has been applied in real-life multi-stakeholder dialogues. For example,
- Field to Market, initiated by Keystone 14 years ago, has grown from a cross-sector dialogue to the premier U.S. standard-setting organization in sustainability metrics for the commodity supply chain. See how a spark became a flame as farmers, agribusinesses, conservation groups, government agencies, academic institutions, and retailers collectively defined how they wanted to measure progress and tell their story.
- The Food and Nutrition Roundtable, a multi-sector and inter-disciplinary discussion initiated by Keystone, grew into the Smart Choices Program, a voluntary but widely adopted program to signal healthier choices to U.S. consumers using front-of-package labeling and motivating significant reformulation of numerous food products.
- PIHOA Meetings on Non-Communicable Diseases. Keystone assisted the Pacific Island Health Officers Association by facilitating intensive deliberation among public health officials, experts, and advocates from island nations and U.S. island territories in the Pacific region. The effort resulted in a formal framework for coordinated action and a joint leadership council to implement that framework.
- Regional Initiative to Eliminate Micronutrient Malnutrition. At the behest of the Asian Development Bank, Keystone facilitated the development of consensus strategies for private and public sector investment in efforts to combat micronutrient malnutrition in the People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Nearly one billion persons suffer from clinical forms of micronutrient deficiencies and another two billion from non-clinical forms, resulting in deficiencies such as reduced intelligence, lower work productivity, impaired reproduction, illness and death. The initiative resulted in the creation of new cross-sector partnerships, the development of groundbreaking research and analytical tools, and mobilization of over twelve million dollars in seed financing for specific food fortification projects.
By the end of this workshop, participants should:
- Feel confident in assessing whether a problem is appropriate for collaboration, and in discerning whose participation is necessary for success.
- Know how to prepare for a challenging discussion and be ready for a range of potential outcomes.
- Feel practiced at generating and refining options on the way to workable solutions.
- Have a toolkit of strategies to deal with difficult personalities and tactics, and to work through impasses and misunderstandings.
- Understand common breakdowns in communication and professional relationships and how to get them back on track.
Format: Online Workshop (via Zoom)
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Technology: The workshop will make use of the Zoom videoconference platform (Note: please let us know if your organization has limitations regarding this platform). Attendees are responsible for securing a device and internet connection that will allow them to participate in this format. Further information about system requirements will be sent closer to the workshop and is available on request.
Tuition: US $330
For more information, contact Jonathan Geurts, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 (970) 760-0720