ToP Facilitation Methods

ToP® Facilitation Methods

Establish basic understanding and critical skills to facilitate foundational methods to solve complex organizational and community challenges. Technology of Participation, ToP®, Facilitation Methods (TFM) is the foundational methodology course to develop skills in leading highly effective conversations, group decision-making processes, and planning for successful project implementation. Participants learn to establish participatory environments and guide groups to collective decision-making.

Participants will Learn to Facilitate:


The Focused Conversation Method

Guide groups through a meaningful exchange of ideas to:

  • Gather authentic feedback to inform group success.

  • Host purposeful discussions that lead to action.

  • Surface new ideas and solutions to interpret problems mindfully.

  • Effectively capture a group’s best thinking with participatory practices.

This method guides group reflection, provides direction in meetings, and moves ideas to action.


The Consensus Workshop Method

Engage and energize people toward common goals to:

  • Integrate diverse ideas as a collective.

  • Develop a shared vision and process with respectful agreement.

  • Generate practical and creative solutions for complex problems.

  • Stimulate rational and intuitive thought processes.

This method helps resolve conflict, unifies a collective approach to change, and establishes common ground by understanding new ideas.


The Action Planning Process

Help groups plan, organize resources, and build commitment to:

  • Analyze the current reality and where success could be seen.

  • Maximize group involvement and identify manageable accountability.

  • Visualize inspiring, successful results with full participation.

  • Create a practical plan with ownership, timelines, and measures.

This method guides successful planning for projects, programs, and events. Action plans drive successful initiatives from three months up to two years in length.

2024 Course Schedule

Technology of Participation, ToP®, Facilitation Methods (TFM)

Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Local Time)

Length: 2 days in-person

To register, click on the desired course date listed below. 


  • Corporate Level and Large Non-Profit (budget more than $5 million): $1,250

  • Public Government Level: $1,050

  • Individual Professional and Mid-Sized Non-Profit Level (budget between $1-$5 million): $950

  • Student and Small Non-Profit Level (budget less than $1million): $650

  • Refresher -already taken the course: $250

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