2017 Top Network Annual Gathering Program At A Glance


The time to explore topics, learn from others, hear presentations, discover new ideas, and provide your input will be at the interactive sessions facilitated by your colleagues.  This year, workshops are focused on three themes: Streams Lead to the Ocean - All About ToP Methods; Tidal Force of Change - Engaging Communities; and Riding the Wave - Innovations in Facilitation. 

We are also going to have a time slot for you to develop workshops around topics and issues that you want to discuss.  We'll organize these as a World Cafe - round-table sessions that you will lead and participate in.

Read more about the workshops that will be held at the Gathering.


Each day, we assemble as a group to deeply explore a topic, celebrate and plan together.  The Monday morning plenary - ToP Network Planning session - is open to everyone.  We invite all who have a stake in the ToP Network including members, trainers, certified ToP facilitators to participate in this session.

Watch a video "What We Learned at the Gathering"

Pre and Post Gathering Courses

Expand your skills by taking the courses offered before or after the Gathering.  Some of these are only featured at an Annual Gathering.  Read more about the course by selecting the title.  

There is an additional cost to take the Pre/Post courses, and you will register for the courses when you register for the Gathering.  Registration information 

If you have already registered for the Gathering and now want to sign up for a course, contact [email protected] and we will happily assist you. 

Pre-Gathering Courses   

Post Gathering Courses

Meetings That Work  (1 ½ days) Jan. 12-13, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, 8:30 am - noon

We need to ensure that meetings are effective, efficient and highly productive. This course is for the person who wants to know how to design and lead meetings that stay on track, get results in the meeting, and have effective follow-up built into the design.

Developing Critical Cultural Competency (1 day) Jan 12, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

At this course, we will define culture and the problem of dominant culture, explore the Center/Borderlands Power Arrangement, and reveal the peculiar role of race and racism in the arrangement.  You will learn new tools for interrupting the Power Arrangement. You'll understand the continuum on becoming an anti-racist multicultural institution and learn to live transforming values - an antidote to dominant culture values.

Accelerated Action Planning (1/2 day) Jan 13, 8:00 am - noon

Energize and align your team toward a common goal in the time it takes to have a regular staff meeting. Learn all the practical details that ensure a successful project.

Facilitation Graphics (1 day) Jan 16-17, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; 8:30 am - noon

Words communicate symbolically. Words married to visuals communicate more deeply and dramatically. Learn to use visual tools to help a group think, discuss and make decisions.

Lure the Tiger Out of the Mountains (1 day) Jan 16-17, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; 8:30 am - noon

Learn to facilitate multiple stakeholders in developing creative solutions to tough issues.  You’ll explore five strategic thinking paradigms and use the ToP contradictional analysis.