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Eyes on Ukraine:  A First Hand Report from Irina Fursman  April 29, 2014.  Read about it below. 
 
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Welcome

Irina Fursman Co-Chair ToP NetworkWelcome to ToP Network website, a place for ToP Facilitators, Practitioners and Trainers to connect, share and learn!

We are honored to be holding this space for all who are interested in the Technology of Participation (ToP®) methodology and facilitation tools for a variety of applications: from group decision making and collaboration to large scale organization or community/societal changes. Our 150+ members from throughout the USA and Canada represent different sectors and organizations, have varied and extensive experiences, and come from different backgrounds, yet ToP is at the core of what they do.

We invite you to explore the website, join the groups and discussions you are interested in, and most of all take charge of building your own community of learners!

Member Benefits:Barbara MacKay, Co-Chair ToP Network

ToP Network exists to help you on your professional development journey as a ToP trainer and/or facilitator. Right now, membership gives you the chance to learn about and connect with all of our members, access incredible articles of interest and get discounts on our annual gathering.  In the near future, depending on your membership level, you will have access to materials, templates, being part of several Communities of Practice (CoPs) and documents that might save your day! You get to be a leader or team member on one or more of our fascinating action teams. You can tell us what you want us to do to support you as ToP trainer or facilitator.

We believe in the power of ToP, especially the power of Focused Conversation. That is why we encourage you to get connected with people who can enrich your learning and your practice, sharing your gifts and insights with others will benefit you just as much as it will help others.

If you are not a ToP Network member yet, we invite you to join our community … meet, learn, choose your future with ToP! 

We look forward to seeing you at the portals of our site,

ToP Network Leadership Team.  Let us hear from you if we can help.

Irina Fursman   Co-chair
Barbara MacKay  Co-chair
Nileen Verbeten   Treasurer
Susan Saunders   Secretary
 

 

Eyes on Ukraine

While Ukraine struggles with its identity and future, a small group of committed Ukrainians strive to develop ToP knowledge and skill to help their people identify their dreams and peaceful means to achieve them.  On April 29, we held a virtual meeting so Irina Fursman could tell us about the situation in Ukraine and the early development of an ICA community there. 

Watch a recording of the virtual meeting (the recording begins after participants have begun introducing themselves and may take a moment to load).  In it you will learn more about the cultural and political aspects at work in Ukraine. 

Practicing ToP in conflict zones is important and can be hazardous.  ICA Ukraine offices have been ransacked, equipment confiscated or destroyed, and their on air presence stifled.

Undaunted, our committed colleagues in Ukraine are striving to deepen their skills, embody neutrality, and engage people in building the community the people desire.   Their tools are focused conversation, consensus workshop, action planning, sticky walls, markers, papers and the courage to allow people to express their dreams. A number of ToP trainers in the US and around the world have agreed to virtually mentor our Ukrainian facilitator colleagues pursuing certification in the use of ToP methods as a starting point to grow the skills for engaging citizens, business, community and political leaders in collaborative work to a brighter future.

It is important work.  [read more]

Stay tuned.

Photo credits:  man on fire: EfremLukatsky/AP,    man with baton: Sergei Supinksy/AFP/Getty Images

 

 
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