Each online workshop offered in this Specialty 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.

Each short workshop has been designed to teach you hands-on applications of holistic ways of working with leaders and organizations. Workshops in this series will offer you ways to develop the skills, knowledge, and capacity to thrive in change that you can begin implementing in your work immediately.

More Than One Story

Online | January 26, 2022 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EST / 15:00-18:30 CET

Come join and experience sharing stories with an award-winning card game while experiencing the power of using a Whole Person Process facilitated container for your favorite group facilitation methods.

In this online workshop, you will learn how to use an online version of the famous, More Than One Story (MTOS). We 'learn by doing' so you will be invited to listen to stories from others and share some of your life stories. MTOS is useful in many situations in your work or private life - to build relations and deeper understanding between individuals in a group. It can be used both online and in person.

You will learn:

  1. The card game More Than One Story.
  2. How to use the meeting container Whole Person Process Facilitation (WPPF) to play the game in small or large groups.
  3. How and when you can use MTOS in your own organization or private context.

MTOS has received the Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award, among others. It has been used around the world for more than a decade. It has been translated into 20 languages and more than 70,000 card decks have been spread around the world.

In 2020, your workshop facilitator, Thomas Herrmann, collaborated with the originator in the municipality of Simrishamn, Sweden to create a website so this game can be used online. Together, they also discovered the value of adding a facilitated meeting container to create more safety, presence and to harvest results. Whole Person Process Facilitation, the preferred meeting container, is one of the methods taught in The Genuine Contact™ program.

If you're already familiar with Whole Person Process Facilitation, in this workshop you'll experience how Thomas uses a WPPF container to support working with MTOS...and perhaps be inspired to consider how you can use WPPF to support the value of some of your favorite methods and techniques for participatory conversations. If you're new to WPPF, you'll have the opportunity to experience it in action, all while learning about a fun and engaging card game that builds relationships amongst communities of people...and maybe be inspired to learn to facilitate using Whole Person Process Facilitation too.

With MTOS you create space to look again. When you listen to more than one story about a phenomenon it creates more diverse, wide, and deep perspectives.

You will have many opportunities to use this game both professionally and with friends. It can be part of building a common culture in your organization, increasing relations, or ’just’ making better friends.

Thomas has decades of experience as a Genuine Contact trainer and facilitator. He discovered MTOS in 2015 and introduced it to several organizations. One example is an NGO in his hometown that supported newly arrived refugees. MTOS was successfully used for years and helped us to get to know each other and build trust and understanding.

Join this workshop and use your learnings in the future. Together we create a better world!

Facilitator: Thomas Herrmann

Upcoming Programs

Save the date for these upcoming workshops:

  • Board Governance the GC Way with Birgitt Williams and Rachel Bolton | March 23, 2022
    As a Board Member or a Consultant working with Boards of Directors, this workshop will support you in making the most of your Board's contributions...working the Genuine Contact Way. Renew, re-energize, and harvest ideas for working even better together.
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  • Attending to Your Worldview: The Key to Making Change Successfully with Doris Gottlieb and Rachel Bolton | May 25, 2022
    Every decision and action you take is informed by your worldview. And your worldview is usually subconscious – leaving you operating on auto-pilot. When embarking upon an intentional change – for you or your work – the need to become conscious of and attending to your worldview is both pragmatic and ethical.
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About the Facilitators

The facilitators of the Genuine Contact Specialty Series are all Genuine Contact Trainers and Professionals working as consultants, coaches, facilitators, and trainers, or inside of organizations as leaders, executives, and managers. They share a commitment to working the Genuine Contact way.

Each specialty series workshop is based on the experience of these facilitators in working with the tools and methods learned in the Genuine Contact Program. They are experts at what they do, having spent years or even decades developing specialized applications of Genuine Contact. The Specialty Series workshops will introduce you to these applications in ways that you can begin working with immediately, whether or not you've taken any of the Program modules before.

Past Programs

Miss a program you were interested in? Each Genuine Contact Specialty Series workshop is available as a self-study once the real-time event is over. The self-study package includes:

  • audio recording of the original workshop
  • guidebook to accompany your learning
  • copy of the program whiteboards to support your learning

Check out our past programs here: