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Uma Lo

Uma Lo

The main appeal of Convergent Facilitation for me is the act of drawing out as much as is relevant to the problem or decision so that an ‘even bigger picture’ and shared purpose can emerge — a contentious multi-stakeholder situation can turn into a team effort; a complicated field of opposing strategies can yield creative and practical ways to attend to everyone involved. I have found CF to be adaptable to context and scalable according to what’s needed: from personal to professional contexts and between individuals to communities or from small teams to whole organizations. I have supported a pacifist community about how to navigate the storage and use of guns on community property, intentional communities around how to attend to issues of racism and build community processes that support learning, and a divided extended family on how (and whether and when) to debate politics and racism. I use aspects of CF routinely in organizations to support robust and collaborative decisions on teams, and also for ‘big decisions’ like initial set-up, how to apply funding, or whether to disband all together. In addition to using CF flexibly, I bring over 20 years of experience with facilitation and consent-building collaborative processes, over 10 years of applying and sharing regenerative design, and more recently a focus on supporting productive dialogues about power, privilege and oppression.

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