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ACI provides a mix of professional development, continuing education, and personal networking, ACI programs include lively exchanges and the sharing of best practices.

September Fall Quarter Meeting

September 15th for the Chautauqua meeting, at Chautauqua Park Dining Hall, Baseline and west of 9th.

Agenda:
8:15 - Arrive for breakfast at the Dining Hall. All are welcome.
8:30 - Order and begin extended check-in. What's going on in your life, your practice?
10:00 - Move under a tree in the park, finish any check-in, create a list of topics that came up in check-in or things people want to discuss
11:00 - Start discussion
1:00 - Continue discussion during lunch at the dining hall
2:30ish - Adjourn
Come as you can, leave as you must.


Elaine Yarbrough Training Opportunity: (member of ACI)


Polarity Thinking Foundations Course
When: October 6-7, 2017
Facilitators: Elaine Yarbrough and Lindsay Burr Singla
Where: Kempe Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, 13123 E. 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045
Cost: $500 Call Yarbrough Group 303440 7107 for registration and payment options.

For more information see flyer here

ACI Chautauqua with Bill Woodward - rescheduled

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: Breakfast to after lunch
Where: TBD
Facilitator: Mary Miura
Presenter: Bill Woodward on "Liberating Structures"

About breakfast: The dining hall opens at 8:00 AM. If you come early to beat the traffic you can walk a little up the mountain towards Flatirons... We'll reserve a table for ten, and keep adding people as they come up to 9:00. Check-in is during breakfast, and Bill's program will start at 10:00. We often adjourn for a light lunch at the dining hall, and continue conversations in to the afternoon, especially if there is peer consultation needed, or a Peer Review.

Bill wants to share what he has learned about Liberating Structures. After our traditional breakfast check-in we’ll adjourn to a picnic table with a flip-chart, and he will lead us in our discoveries.

From Bill: Liberating Structures is a more inclusive way to make much of our work simpler and more fun. - sometimes making decisions and finding solutions to problems in a more effective way. They currently list about 33 purposes at LiberatingStructures.Org. Many of them will be familiar to you, with a twist. We also found that these practices build on our Culturally Responsive Facilitation mandate.

I would focus on several in the training that we are now extensively using at my office. I am considering these 6 and would like you to visit the web site and tell me which ones appeal to you?

  • Impromptu Networking
  • 5 Whys
  • What, So What, Now what
  • Triz - the "worst" is your friend
  • 25 to 10 Crowd Sourcing
  • Purpose to Practice
The general agenda for quarterly meetings is:
  • Round Robin Check-in (each member takes between 3-5 minutes to catch up the rest on professional, creative and personal life developments.)
  • Program (this may be a topic discussion, a presentation of an ACI member’s program-under-development or results of a new research area, a speaker who wants professional conversation on a specific topic.
  • Lunch
  • Peer Consultation - Using the ACI process for Peer Consultation ((Link to Peer Consultation in the articles section.) we peer consult a member’s client relationship, issue in a project, or other requested consultation. After the seeker presents the issue, people respond … “If this were my issue, I would….”
  • Peer Review (For Peer Reviewed Members Only)

“Big Event” Programs
From time to time ACI hosts “Big Event” all-day programs.  Sometimes it is a master class format with renowned experts who share the deep understandings they have gained from their research and years of experience.

  • Field founders like: Billie Alban, Barbara Bunker, Edie and Charlie Seashore
  • Peter Block (Building Communities)
  • Barry Johnson (Twice: Polarity Management; Community Building)
  • Ken Thomas (of Thomas-Killmann Confict Mode Instrument; the program was Intrinsic Motivation plus a new Leadership instrument Ken was developing)
  • David Rock (Brain research)

Other Programs
Any member can offer a short program at the quarterly meeting, or a program of any length separate from the quarterly meeting. These additional meetings can be anything from a discussion topic, to a Peer Consultation on a current project, or a practice presentation of your new program or speech or…. Work with the communications chair (link to me) to determine when, what, how, who..

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