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About ToP

We teach Technology of Participation (ToP)® courses developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). These methodologies have been tested and used extensively throughout the world in many organizations and communities.

ToP was developed by ICA to release the creativity of people to plan, think, and lead to shape their own destinies. The courses are designed to be used by those in leadership positions in public and private agencies and community groups, as well as by meeting facilitators and consultants. The programs strengthen the capacities of individuals, organizations, and communities to build and implement plans for action and engagement. The work is grounded in collaborative strategies that draw upon human assets and build social capital to facilitate sustainable organizations and communities.

Foundational values of ToP:

  • Inclusive participation – Invites and sustains the participation of all members of the group. Each member holds an important piece of the puzzle and each person’s insights help to create the whole picture.
  • Teamwork and collaboration – Assumes teamwork and collaboration are necessary to get a task done in the most effective, efficient, and economical way. Creates a deep sense of collegiality among members of the group.
  • Individual and group creativity – Brings out the best of each person’s rational and intuitive capacities to build innovative solutions.
  • Action – Positions the group to take action on group decisions. Moves the group toward action by generating member support and commitment.
  • Reflection and learning – Leads participants in deep reflection that elicits consolidation of learning and continuous improvement.
  • Focus on Leadership – Provides leaders with practical methods to hear from all staff, honor all ideas, and create ownership for the chosen solutions.

 

ToP provides structured facilitation methods to help groups think, talk, and work together:

  • Recognize and honor contributors
  • Deal with more data in less time
  • Integrate individual contributions into useful patterns
  • Welcome diversity
  • Minimize polarizing conflict

ToP courses help participants:

  • Learn to energize meetings and find consensus
  • Speak up – Participate in meetings
  • Brainstorm – Generate useful data and synthesize into useful information
  • Tackle complex issues
  • Turn ideas into concrete plans
  • Get results instead of circular conversations

Upcoming Events

  • ToP Facilitation Methods - Leadership Edition
    • January 28, 2020 - January 30, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Engage a group in meaningful conversation, reach consensus-based decisions and create actionable plans. See course description The Institute for Cultural Affairs for the USA (ICA)…

  • ToP Secrets of Implementation
    • February 11, 2020 - February 12, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Keep your plans and projects alive, relevant and on track. See course description  

  • Meetings That Work
    • March 10, 2020 - March 11, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Meetings That Work Design and Facilitate Effective Meetings Increase the productivity of the group. Focus the purpose and intent of large and small meetings. Aid…

  • ToP Strategic Planning
    • April 15, 2020 - April 16, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Weave the powerful ToP Facilitation Methods into an integrated approach to strategic planning for a plan that is realistic, achievable and easy to monitor. See…

  • ToP Facilitation Methods - Leadership Edition
    • May 12, 2020 - May 14, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Engage a group in meaningful conversation, reach consensus-based decisions and create actionable plans. See course description The Institute for Cultural Affairs for the USA (ICA)…

  • Accelerated Action Planning
    • June 9, 2020
      10:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Create genuine buy-in with quick and easy steps See course description    

  • Facilitation for Innovation - Inspiring Group Creativity
    • August 11, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Foster group innovation through facilitation tools and approaches that spark creativity. See course description  

  • ToP Facilitation Methods - Leadership Edition
    • September 15, 2020 - September 17, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Engage a group in meaningful conversation, reach consensus-based decisions and create actionable plans. See course description The Institute for Cultural Affairs for the USA (ICA)…

  • Approaches to Environmental Scanning
    • October 20, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Assess current business situation to anticipate and plan for the future See course description The Institute for Cultural Affairs for the USA (ICA) offers a…

  • Accelerated Action Planning
    • November 10, 2020
      10:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Create genuine buy-in with quick and easy steps See course description    

  • Facilitation Graphics
    • December 8, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Use color and simple images to bring clarity and energy to your facilitation. See course description