The Science of Effective Convenings – Smart Approaches to the Details

Friday, November 14, 2014 -
7:45am to 10:30am EST
Philanthropy New York 79 Fifth Avenue, Fourth Floor, NY, NY
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Convening is part art, part science. The “art” is having a strong sense of purpose and what you will and won’t focus on. The “science” is being thoughtful about the details, so that the design supports your capacity to achieve your convening’s purpose. Join us for this program where we’ll explore the nuts and bolts of effective convenings. In it we will discuss the major design components articulated in the Gather guide, as well as get and share advice about how to navigate trickier aspects of design (such as – how to get the right people in the room?).  Join us for a workshop and bring your questions. Come prepared to share your own experiences of what worked well and perhaps not so well.

  • Design team's make up and goals of the group
  • Ways to choose the right facilitator
  • Identifying your target audience
  • Development of an effective agenda and structuring the flow of activities
  • Types of assessments and follow through activities that might happen afterwards


Designed for

All interested funders. 


8:45-9:00 AM Check-in
9:00-10:30 AM Program
Registration is required by November 13th. 

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Guests of Organizers: Please email with your name, title, organizational affiliation, business mailing address, and phone number.  Please indicate by which organizer you were invited. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Please email ($150 fee)

Please email with any questions.