Whether we’re talking about our staff, our board members, our constituents, or the public at large, bringing people together can be a productive way to deal with the challenges we face. But convening people can also waste people’s time or, worse, backfire.
Fortunately, there are steps we can take to help ensure that when we convene, we succeed! The Rockefeller Foundation has a long history of convening groups to grapple with weighty problems. The Foundation follows four core principles:
- Focus on a single purpose.
- Design for the experience.
- Be intentional about participants.
- Make commitments explicit and deliver.
Learn about each of these as well as additional tactics to make your convening more effective in this article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review.