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GATHER: The Art & Science of Effective Convening. Guidebook by Noah Rimland Flower and Anna Muoio, co-published by Monitor Institute and The Rockefeller Foundation, June 2014. Pages 8-60.
This guidebook can help any convening designer or social change leader create convenings that tap into a group’s collective intelligence and make substantial progress on a shared challenge.
It provides simple frameworks for the questions that are often ignored: whether convening is the right tool to use to advance a strategic agenda, and how a convening can be used to achieve a specific purpose. It then helps readers understand how to customize the design to fit that purpose, laying out a clear series of steps for what is a naturally chaotic workflow. It then offers principles to use for each of the many tactical choices involved.