Every gathering has the potential to build greater community and have great impact.  For purposes of this paragraph, we define convening as a gathering of people for a common purpose.  Ideally, a convening would consist of a target population of fewer than 40 people.

An excellent source for an effective convening is the publication:  Gather: The Art and Science of Effective Convening.

In planning a convening, consider:

  1. Whether or not to host a convening (is the purpose clear? Is the timing right?);
  2. Clear purpose for the convening that shapes all other decisions;
  3. Building an effective team;
  4. Do you want to develop an experience; and
  5. How do you ensure follow through for impact?

For more information, click the following hyperlink: “Gather. The Art and Science of Effective Convening