Facilitating Productive Conversations

Facilitating Productive Conversations program develops an individual’s ability to lead discussions, meetings, planning and engagement interventions in focused, meaningful and productive ways.

Program Dates (2023-24)

  • Batch 2: April 12-14, 19-21
  • Batch 3: August 9-11, 16-18

*Early bird discounts available


About the Program

Organisations and groups face the challenges of time and structures for planning, making decisions, managing projects and moving forward together in Focused, Meaningful and Productive ways.

Facilitation/ Co-creation is an increasingly valuable skill-set for exploring issues, tapping the breadth and depth of thinking, and building shared purpose and commitment.

The Facilitating Productive Interventions program is a collection of the foundational facilitation methods (part of the Technology of Participation (ToP) approach) pioneered by the Institute of Cultural Affairs, an international network focused on the development and application of social innovation methods for community and organisational development around the world.
ToP™ offers a widely proven set of tools and principles for maximising the value of time spent in group processes, and outcomes that are shared by all participants, with the enduring value of strengthened relationships and mutual learning.

What Participants Learn

Participants develop the capability to facilitate effective conversations, meetings, planning and engagement interventions (e.g. project planning, business planning, values conversations, etc.). This learning is delivered through components that address:

  • ToPTM group facilitation skills – methods and session design structures (name the content)*
  • Integration and adoption of ToPTM with other facilitation methods and processes.
“ToPTM is a step-by-step approach on facilitation methodologies to manage both individual and group conversations and consensus. The unique and most impressive aspect of this program is that it is woven to provide hands-on experience and I found myself adequately skilled and enabled in the processes to apply it in my work context. It has also helped me to design appropriate frameworks for my business HR consulting solutions. The ToPTM teams’ wealth of experience adds to the value of the program and provides adequate directive as to how it can be leveraged in business critical processes.” Chandana Ghosh, Founder & CEO, 4Front Talent Solutions

Faculty: Kevin Balm with Core Team
members or Associates

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Introduction to ToP Focused Conversation and Consensus Workshop Methods (FCM & CWM)


Introduction and practice of Divergence, Emergence and Convergence Tools


Introduction to ToP Focused Conversation and Consensus Workshop Methods (FCM and CWM)


Understanding Top Design Thinking and Experiential introduction to variations on FCM and CWM (H-Technique, Nominal Group, Historical Scan and Wave Analysis)


Design and practice in applying the two methods to multiple topics


Planning for in-role / on-the-job application

Our programs bring time-tested learning tools and principles that work effectively in both social and corporate settings. The learning approach incorporates:

  • Blended (experiential/ social/ instructor-led) learning
  • Opportunities to reflect, practice and deepen understanding thereby building competence and confidence to apply tools and principles
  • Application in work roles and projects

Program Date: View Dates & Register for details

Program Fees: USD 1200

Early Bird Discount: Download Program Brochure for details

Transfer and Cancellation Policy:

  • 100% refund if participants cancel their nomination to our programs 30 days prior to the program start date.
  • 50% refund if participants cancel their nomination and provide a substitution between 15 to 30 days prior to the program start date.
  • No refund if Participants cancel their nomination within 15 days of the program start dates.
  • In the event, Core Creators has to change the program dates, the fees paid by registered participants will be valid for the new program dates.

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