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Convergence Center For Policy Resolution

Convergence Learning Lab

The Convergence Learning Lab is the only comprehensive program building leaders’ capacity to bring people together to break gridlock and solve critical problems across deep divisions.

OVERVIEW

In a country marred by deep conflict, leaders face a daunting challenge: how to bridge divides in their organizations and communities? The Convergence Learning Lab’s training and consultation services inspire and equip leaders to navigate conflict and build consensus. The Lab services are built on our unique and proven collaborative problem-solving process that has been successful in addressing seemingly intractable political, social, organizational, and community-based issues.

COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING MINDSET

INTRAPERSONAL AND INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION

PROBLEM-SOLVING PROCESSES

WHO WE SERVE

Collaborative problem-solving skills and processes equip leaders to navigate division and build consensus solutions. We inspire and equip leaders in:

BUSINESS

Business leaders must manage pressures and competing interests from internal and external stakeholders as they respond to divisive national social and political issues.

COMMUNITY & CIVIC SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS

Diverse community leaders are regularly called upon to respond to divisive issues that divide and disrupt communities, schools, universities and nonprofits.

GOVERNMENT

City, county, and state officials are increasingly challenged to engage diverse stakeholders to resolve contentious public policy issues.

HIGHER EDUCATION

Higher education institutions face increased challenges balancing free speech and academic freedom, fostering diverse and inclusive perspectives, and convening civil and productive public meetings focused on durable problem-solving.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Our services can be delivered on a one-time basis or customized as an ongoing engagement to meet the needs of your organization or community.

TRAINING

Our engaging and customized training will improve your leadership capacity and your organization’s effectiveness by focusing on three critical areas.

  1. Building Collaborative Mindsets will improve communication, enhance teamwork, promote conflict resolution, and increase innovation and employee and stakeholder engagement.
  2. Enhancing Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Skills will create self-awareness, increase emotional intelligence and empathy among team members, and foster a more inclusive and positive work culture.
  3. Developing Collaborative Process Skills will improve organizational collaboration, facilitate more effective meetings, and promote problem-solving across teams.

CONSULTING

Our tailored interventions bolster your organization or community’s capacity to tackle contentious issues head-on.

  1. Discovery and Design assessment process will create a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities and enable Convergence to recommend a set of practices, activities and resources to increase your organization’s capacity to navigate conflict and/or to address specific divisive issues
  2. Designing and Facilitating Collaborative Processes will engage a broad range of employees and stakeholders in problem-solving, consensus-building, and action planning. These processes will produce higher quality results and better, more inclusive, and informed decisions.

WHY CONVERGENCE?

Convergence is the leading organization bridging divides to solve critical issues through collaborative problem-solving across ideological, political, and cultural divisions.

For over a decade, we have convened leaders and doers to consistently find common ground, build trust, create consensus solutions, and move forward in unlikely alliances. It is this evidence-based approach to collaborative problem-solving, informed by continued advances in contact theory, neuroscience, and psychology and refined by 13 years of successful practice, that forms the foundation of the Learning Lab.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Our engaging, highly experiential, and customized training will equip leaders to use collaborative problem solving in their institution or community. Trainings include:

  • Collaborative Problem-Solving
  • Dialogue Facilitation
  • Dialogue and Meeting Process Design
  • Intra-Personal and Inter-Personal Skills in Conflict Resolution

FACILITATION AND CONVENING

Our extensive experience in convening and facilitating dialogues and problem-solving sessions will help your organization or community to address contentious issues and develop solutions that work for everyone involved. We will deploy our tried-and-true methods to design, convene, and facilitate dialogue between parties to build trust and develop consensus solutions and blueprints for action.

CONSULTING

Our consulting services will increase your organization or community’s capacity to address contentious issues. We work with key leaders and influencers to identify pivotal areas of concern and develop tailored interventions to address them, including training, development of customized toolkits, collaborative problem-solving, process and dialogue design, stakeholder engagement processes, working groups, conflict management coaching, identification of additional resources, and more.

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE

To learn more about how the Convergence Learning Lab can work for you and get started on a unique program designed for your needs, contact Dusie Cassata, Chief Administrative Officer, by filling out our contact form.

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