Event Details

3 Core Competencies for Community Engagement

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Chris Soderquist, Pontifex Consulting

Date: Thursday December 15, 2016

Time:  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Speaker: Chris Soderquist, Pontifex Consulting

This webinar will introduce an integrated set of adaptive learning competencies that are essential for generating effective, collective, community impact. These competencies are: systems thinking, conversational capacity, and 'yes to the mess'. During the webinar, participants will learn the following:

  • Why these competencies are overlooked in developing and implementing community strategy
  • How a systems thinking approach assists in finding high leverage solutions
  • How to facilitate conversations that spark more learning than defensiveness
  • How to step into the current mess and create a process of rapid learning
  • How these adaptive learning competencies create a collective capacity that leads to insight and system improvement

The webinar will present these concepts using several real world examples from community and public policy initiatives. The session will conclude with a discussion for how to build these competencies, and a dedicated Q&A period with attendees.

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About the Speaker

chris_soderquist.pngChris Soderquist, Pontifex Consulting

Chris Soderquist has over twenty years experience as a strategy and leadership consultant / educator, with a diverse set of clients from the private and public sectors. He is a Visiting Executive Lecturer at the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia), an instructor in Marlboro College’s graduate school, a designer and instructor of the Boeing Engineering Leadership Program, and co-designer of the Legislative Health Certificate Program at the Georgia Health Policy Center. He is a contributing author to The Change Handbook (Berrett-Koehler, 1999) and delivers systems thinking webinars for isee systems, where he is a consulting partner. His video, Finding Leverage, won the Communicator Award of Excellence for Cause Marketing. His most recent video series is available on the CDC-TV channel.

Chris’s most recent focus areas include adaptive learning and leadership; collective impact processes; community / regional well-being (including economic, public health, energy and environmental policy); NGO strategic planning; and local, community-based sustainability efforts. Additionally, his research interests include linking dynamic modeling with social network analysis, as well as dashboard/scorecard development, implementation, and monitoring. Some of Chris’s clients include: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The World Bank, UNDP, World Economic Forum, the State of California, the State of Georgia, the Cincinnati Child Poverty Collaborative, The Boeing Company, Hewlett-Packard, Nissan, and Northwestern Mutual.