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Kavana Tree Bressen

Kavana Tree Bressen has been blessed with a calling to help groups function well. Over more than two decades, she has served a wide variety of (150+) organizations. As a consultant, her design work focuses on alignment of human action towards purpose. She facilitates lively, connecting meetings that produce effective results, and offers trainings that are engaging and practical.

Kavana is also the founder of the nonprofit collective producer of Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings. This beautiful 100-card deck has been used by thousands of people in dozens of countries around the world to make meetings better.

Kavana's website effectivecollective.net includes an extensive selection of readings, articles, workshop handouts, and other resources.



How to Run a Mediation Preparation Meeting

This template guides users through a pre-meeting interview in preparation for a conflict resolution session of 2-6 participants (+ facilitator). The latter session may be referred to as a mediation. The planned session will attempt to heal a relationship that has broken down so that the parties can work effectively together in the future. Use this template to help you learn about the conflict...

Contributed Blog Posts

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A Guide to Holding Interviews Before a Conflict Resolution Lucid Meetings Blog

Recent Published Articles

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10/01/2003 Handling Inappropriate Blocks in a Consensus Process Tree Bressen's Group Facilitation Site
10/01/2002 The Importance of Nurturing Dissent in a Consensus Process Tree Bressen's Group Facilitation Site
10/01/2001 Agenda Planning Tree Bressen's Group Facilitation Site
10/01/2000 Consensus Basics Tree Bressen's Group Facilitation Site
10/01/1999 Community Meetings: Getting Off to a Good Start Tree Bressen's Group Facilitation Site