Five to Fold Decision Making (Self-Study Program)


This workshop gives you a profound experience as well as the information you need to start using Five to Fold decision making (5toFold) right away.

5toFold is a collaborative decision making process, specifically suitable for purpose-centered organizations and teams. It ensures high quality conversations with all voices being heard. At the same time it is clearly structured and efficient. The result is real commitment by those participating in a decision. At times it may result in well-founded disagreement, which allows for the reworking of proposals until they are in alignment with the group’s purpose.

5toFold is an effective and powerful way for both: major, complex decisions as well as fast day-to-day voting. 5toFold fosters the development of trust and individual responsibility. With each decision being made, alignment with both individual and organizational purpose is strengthened.

5toFold​ ​is​ ​chosen​ ​by​ ​organizations​ ​that​ ​are​ ​conscious​ ​of​ ​themselves​ ​as​ ​living​ ​entities. The process​ ​honors​ ​each​ ​individual​ ​as​ ​a​ ​keeper​ ​of​ ​the​ ​organizational​ ​purpose,​ ​and​ ​fosters​ ​a culture​ ​of​ ​leadership.​ ​5toFold​ ​invites​ ​participants​ ​to​ ​engage​ ​fully​ ​in​ ​each​ ​decision,​ ​and provides​ ​the​ ​organization with in-depth​ ​information​ that improve​s ​the​ ​implementation​ ​of​ ​each decision.

In this workshop you will

  • Learn: “What is 5toFold and what does it provide that other decision making processes don’t?”
  • Understand the voting process of 5toFold, the meaning of each alternative vote: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Fold, and the benefit of these distinctions.
  • Learn how to use 5toFold  via theoretical and experiential learning: We will go through a full 5toFold process during the workshop (real time participation recommended).
  • Identify key benefits of using the method, including when to use it and when not to use it.
  • Understand how this practice ensures that decisions are actually executed upon and supported by a whole team.
  • Clarify your own values of decision making.
  • Hear stories of how we have successfully used the method in different organizations.
  • Get an opportunity to reflect on your next steps with 5toFold.

This is a highly experiential workshop. You will actually be guided through a real decision-making process and come out with a plan for your next steps. We know 5toFold can be of great service to humanity and we are dedicated to making it widely accessible.


Self-Study Program

This self-study program includes:

  • audio recording of the original workshop (2.25 hours)
  • workshop guidebook (3 pages)
  • workshop whiteboards (25 pages)

You will receive immediate access to these materials once your order is complete.

Your Facilitators

Thomas Herrmann is a Genuine Contact Trainer and Co-owner living in Sweden. He has worked the Genuine Contact way for 20 years, releasing life power in people, organizations and society.

Thomas has used Five to Fold decision making (5toFold) for 15 years and has been part of the development of how it is used in the Genuine Contact Organization. For several years he worked closely with the originator of 5toFold, Chris Weaver.

Thomas has extensive experience of using 5toFold with different organizations, projects and also in the company he is co-owning. He has taught how to use 5toFold in workshops and is mentoring facilitators using the method.

Thomas is dedicated to bringing this powerful method for collaborative decision creation out into the world.

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Marai Kiele - 5toFold Workshop FacilitatorMarai Kiele is motivated by the vision that millions of people around the globe access their collaborative power: Working together with respect and integrity, co-creating a world that works for people and planet.

Marai is a holistic business consultant and Genuine Contact trainer for 15 years. She lives in Germany and works internationally, both in-person and online. She is passionate about sharing Five-to-Fold, knowing how this powerful decision-making process liberates the spirit and raises the trust within dedicated teams.

Marai met the originator of 5toFold, Chris Weaver in 2005. She was moved by the wisdom and humanity, both in him and the process he had developed. They became friends, and several years later she got to work closely with him as co-leaders of a 5toFold development team. She has extensively worked with 5toFold as an active member of the Genuine Contact organisation. She teaches 5toFold to the inspired leaders and teams she works with.

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Genuine Contact Specialty Series

This online workshop is part of the Genuine Contact Specialty Series. Each program in this series is designed to showcase an original application of Genuine Contact as developed by Genuine Contact professionals. Genuine Contact provides a blended, synergistic, holistic approach to change and to leadership. It is not about a big quick splash, but rather about developing the skills, knowledge, and capacity to sustain the ongoing organizational change necessary to thrive in today’s constantly changing, complex times.

The Genuine Contact Program and all of its applications are used around the world in the private sector, non-profit sector, development agencies, health and social services, and in organizations of all types.