Ready, Set, Go!, the two-part Community and Civic Engagement workshop presented by Wholonomy Consulting, has a new date. The workshop will be held Tuesday, September 22, at the new Florence Community Library at 778 North Main Street, next to the new aquatic center and directly across the street from Town Hall.

This workshop is funded by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, a division of the secretary of state. Wholonomy’s consultants will hold both 3 hour trainings on September 22, Part 1 in the morning and Part 2 in the afternoon. For a comprehensive course in community engagement and team building, you can attend both sessions – But if you’re only able to attend a single session, these workshops are designed to stand alone.

Workshop 1: Ready, Set, Go! (Part 1)

Date: Tuesday, September 22

9:00 am – Noon

Working effectively as a team is critical for community leaders. The workshop will begin with an exploration of a new model of shared leadership called Collective Leadership. This framework will help leaders think about what’s possible when leadership is shared and cultivated within teams and organizations and across organizations. Collective Leadership can help leaders work together effectively toward shared program, organizational, and community goals.

Participants will learn about two approaches to positive change, called Appreciative Inquiry and Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). These approaches identify community strengths – and then apply those toward community goals.

Participants will also be introduced to Polarity Management. Polarities are forces that seem opposed, but are actually both required for a good outcome. Examples include stability and change, vision and reality, and quantity and quality. Utilizing strategies, groups can recognize new perspectives and possibilities to get unstuck and move forward.

Workshop 2: Ready, Set, Go! (Part 2)

Date: Tuesday, September 2

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this workshop, participants will explore a new and emerging framework of community change called Collective Impact. This is a multi-organizational approach to community change that involves aligning organizational work towards shared community goals. Critical to the success of community engagement and community building are effective meetings. Participants will learn strategies to plan effective meeting agendas, and facilitate successful meetings.

These sessions are free, and open to all members of the public. Whether you’re a business owner, a member of an organization or just an interested citizen looking to become more involved in your community, your participation will be valued!

For more information, or to sign up for one or more sessions, please contact the Florence Community Library at (520) 868 – 8311.