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ToP Participatory Strategic Planning training - Brussels

Bringing people together to create strategies for action - 2 days

“As a trainer Martin created good atmosphere in an international group. His presentations were crispy clear, illustrated by carefully chosen, practical examples from his rich facilitator Martin helped me to  understand countless details of preparation and running a successful strategic planning session for various ; - Marzena Dębska-Matuszak, Experienced Trainer, Facilitator and Coach

This course, in English, is scheduled in partnership with Social Platform, the largest platform of European rights and value-based NGOs working in the social sector; and in partnership with ICA:UK, the participation & development charity. It is scheduled back-to-back with ToP Group Facilitation Methods (November 20-21) to allow 2 or 4 days of training at ;If you are interested in the course but do not find dates to suit you, please contact me for ;


Who this course is for

This course is for all those who want to be able to involve people more effectively in planning and implementing medium to long-term strategies together, including team leaders and managers within organisations, those working with Boards, management teams, partnerships and external stakeholders, youth and community workers and independent facilitators.

Group Facilitation Methods is a pre-requisite for this course, and Action Planning is recommended.


Questions this course answers

“How can I enable my group to come to a common vision for their future? How can I help them make their vision happen by creatively addressing the root causes of the challenges that are blocking them, rather than focus simply on fire-fighting and problem-solving? How can I ensure a real sense of ownership, so that for once their plan actually happens?”

The course presents a structured long-range planning process which incorporates the ToP Consensus Workshop method for building consensus and the ToP Focused Conversation method for effective group communication, both covered in Group Facilitation Methods, and an implementation process for turning ideas into productive action and concrete accomplishments.

Those with more experience of facilitation, strategic planning or ToP facilitation may need no further support to apply the process effectively in their own situations, and for others the course serves as a powerful, experiential introduction to the proces.


What you will gain

By the end of the course, you will

  • have enhanced your capacity for creative strategy building by exploring and understanding the four stages and the flow of the Participatory Strategic Planning process, and the four associated types of thinking – visionary, contradictional, strategic and practical
  • be able to identify when and how to use the Participatory Strategic Planning process
  • have consolidated your understanding of the Consensus Workshop and Focused Conversation methods, and gained confidence to use and adapt them
  • have further developed your links with others to promote future collaboration and support in the use of the methods.

Learning style

The course presents the process in a practical and participatory way, enabling the group to experience the complete strategic planning process during the course. Each of the four workshops is first demonstrated, using a scenario with which participants can identify without having to role-play.


What do participants say about this course?

80% of PSP participants rated this course 8/10 or higher. Comments from participants’ end-of-course evaluations included: 

  • an in-depth look at advanced use of ToP group facilitation methods for strategic planning
  • provides a great tool to enliven your team and involve them in making commitments to deliver benefits for your organisation – I really enjoyed the course
  • an insightful and inspiring course that opens new doors in facilitating groups
  • this is the best two days you could spend on learning to plan strategically for maximum impact


22 Nov 2018 @ 09:30 am

23 Nov 2018 @ 05:30 pm

Duration: 1 days, 8 hours


Social Platform

Square de Meeûs 18


Organised by

Martin Gilbraith Associates Ltd

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