Rockefeller Foundation and Monitor Institute have just released Gather: The Art & Science of Effective Convening, a hands-on guidebook for all convening designers and social change leaders who want to tap into a group’s collective intelligence and make substantial progress on a shared challenge. It is now available as a free download.
Gather provides simple frameworks for the questions that are often ignored: whether convening is the right tool to use to advance a strategic agenda, and how a convening can be used to achieve a specific purpose. It then helps readers understand how to customize the design to fit that purpose, laying out a clear series of steps for what is a naturally chaotic workflow. It then offers principles to use for each of the many tactical choices involved. Gather and its accompanying workshop materials are designed for you to use in your own work, with your team, and with larger groups both inside and outside your organization.