About ToP Network:

Technology of Participation

The Technology of Participation® (ToP) is a methodology developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) over years in work in the United States and around the world. From the early work of a core group of 1960’s pioneers developing the approaches in the east side of Chicago, the methods have grown and spread globally to encompass a broad spectrum of facilitation approaches centered on non-threatening processes. These processes are designed to promote individual contribution in a safe environment in order to harness creativity, encourage the expression and exploration of differing views, empower individuals and groups, and create spirit, trust and shared understanding in exploration and decision-making.

ToP provides methods that:

  • Recognize and honor contributions of all
  • Let a group deal with more data in less time
  • Pool individual contributions into larger more informative patterns
  • Welcome diversity while minimizing polarization and conflict

For more information about the ToP methods, please see the Institute of Cultural Affairs website.

To register for a ToP course, go to www.top-training.net.  There you can view course descriptions, locations, and calendar and register!

ToP Network

The ToP Network is an association of professional facilitators and trainers who use the ToP methods throughout their work. The vision of the Network is to release human spirit and potential.

The ToP Network is designed to promote and transfer ToP methods by:

  • Integrating participation in organizations and communities.
  • Linking ToP facilitators/trainers for expansion and deepening of skills and continuous learning.
  • Building business through partnering and collaborating in facilitation, training, and consultation services using ICA ToP methods.
  • Delivering quality ToP training.
  • Engaging in research and development for leading edge participatory technologies.
  • Inviting an ever-increasing, diverse and inclusive membership.

Members of the ToP Network communicate via their collaborative work projects, virtual meetings, and professional conferences that occur throughout the year.

Members have access to www.top-network.org.  This site is a meeting place that provides members with a social networking stream, shared calendar, discussion forums, member profiles, photo gallery, access to resources, and more.

Membership in the ToP Network

Membership in the ToP Network is $100 per year.  Completion of ToP Facilitation Methods course and a commitment to proper use of the methods are prerequisites.