Community Conversation

Invite Earth and Spirit Community Conversation facilitators to your school, organization, or board retreat.

The conversations that emerge can become a catalyst, as you explore the strengths of your team, spark innovative ideas, foster leadership and recognize untapped potential.  With a social change focus, conversations can inspire ordinary citizens to become extraordinary stewards for social change within their community.

A Community Conversation is an invitation to enter into deep, meaningful conversations in an atmosphere of dignity.  Based on the Conversation Cafe model that creates a space to move from small talk to big talk, Earth and Spirit takes it to the next level and asks What would it take to move from talk to action?  Conversation topics can be customized for each audience.

Success Story 

Earth and Spirit facilitated Community Conversations with diverse groups of people to inform the design of the Living Well Dying Well program.  This participatory action method harvested rich stories and evidence of the profound need for this program.  Most importantly, the program includes the voices of those for whom the program is intended.

We began as strangers and yet through the course of our conversation we revealed such intimate stories and feelings. There was tragedy, sadness and great joy. There is a richness with being able to share meaningful conversations. They take you somewhere you might not go by yourself. – Participant

Experience the Power

Host a Community Conversation for your next event

Harvest Ideas

Empower resident leaders to explore creative solutions for launching a new product line, identify a new target market, create a new sales jingle for marketing, design your social media campaign, or brainstorm the look and feel for your new website.  You will be amazed at the untapped creativity that you have right below your nose.  Tapping into and honouring the creativity that exists within your team, goes a long way to building rapport and fostering leadership within the ranks.

Build Consensus

Community Conversations can be used as a collaborative tool for decision-making, problem solving or resolving conflict. Once issues or problems are identified, the circle then focuses on finding resolve. When stakeholders work together to develop a mutually acceptable solution, powerful things can happen. Teams are strengthened from the inside out.

Listening Skills

Listening is key to effective communication.  Without the ability to listen effectively messages are easily misunderstood – communication breaks down, and both the sender and receiver of the message are left frustrated. Good listening skills can lead to:  better customer satisfaction, greater productivity with fewer mistakes, increased sharing of information that in turn can lead to more creative and innovative work.  Using the Agreements, our conversations become as much about listening as speaking.

Build Teams

Explore the strengths, weaknesses and blindspots of your team. Uncover issues that may be hindering communication or be effecting the work climate.  Brainstorm possibilities for restoring harmony and moving towards excellence.  Examine the benefits of creativity in the work place and identify if your creativity is being under-utilized. Unearth the pure potential of the team.

Board Retreat

Host a Community Conversation for your next staff meeting or Board retreat.  It is a great way to start off the day exploring possibilities or close the retreat by capturing highlights and actionable steps moving forward.  Keep it light, or go deep.  Depending upon your topic, it can be a fun and light-hearted experience, or it can create a shift and challenge paradigms.

Social Giving Campaign

Fostering philanthropy in your school, business or organization offers people another reason to care deeply about where they work or learn.  Host a Community Conversation to help unite your group, identify a cause you care about, and create a roadmap for making a difference – with actionable steps and timelines.

Experience the power

Contact us to schedule your Community Conversation.