Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops offered WINGSForum 2014 attendees the chance to slow down and deeply explore the big ideas behind the conference. These workshops provided an intensive, hands-on opportunity for developing tools and strategies essential to the sector.



waddell_100x139“Networking Action: Strategies for Impact”
Presenter: Steve Waddell, Change & Network Development Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 26th March, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This workshop will give participants a deeper understanding of their own networks and others they work with. Simple tools to support network development will be shared in a participatory manner. The workshop will comprise three parts:
1) What is a Network?: What can networks do best, in comparison to other organizations? When are they a good strategic choice? What are the different types, and which distinctive elements require attention?
2) Stages of Development: What is the development process of a network? What are the key questions and challenges at each stage, and how are these best addressed?
3) Network Competencies: Networks require distinct knowledge, skills and capacities for them to be effective. Support strategies for network development will be assessed.


“Facilitative Leadership for Social Change: Seeing Systems and Making Decisions”
Presenters: Caesar McDowell, President, Interaction Institute for Social Change
Louise O’Meara, Regional Director, Interaction Institute for Social Change
Wednesday, 26th March, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Facilitative leadership is about creating the conditions for groups, organizations, communities and networks to effectively and creatively achieve greater social change. This workshop will explore the relationship between leadership and participation that builds on everyday challenges as a basis for practice. Participants will specifically explore two critical leadership practices for collaborative social change – seeing systems and making decisions.
1) Seeing Systems: To achieve deep, sustainable change, facilitative leaders know that multiple perspectives are necessary to discern the many forces at play in a system and to discover powerful solutions.
2) Making Decisions: Facilitative leaders pay attention to power dynamics and find ways to involve those most affected in decisionmaking processes. Participants will gain practical skills and tools to advance both of these leadership practices.