Seattle Workshop Invitation

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Group Pattern Language Project is pleased to present an interactive workshop on

Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings

Seattle Washington  |  Saturday, March 28th, 2015 | 9:30am-4:30pm


Are you interested in improving your work with groups and communities?

Calling facilitators, project and group leaders, nonprofit board members, managers, committee chairs, public engagement practitioners, teachers, organizers, personal coaches, activists, anti-oppression trainers, and others whose work involves empowering people to participate in groups, workplaces, and communities in a more dynamic and effective way.

We invite you to attend a highly interactive workshop where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the usefulness of thinking in vital group patterns and how to apply them to organizations you are involved with
  • Share dilemmas and seek solutions with colleagues
  • Reflect on your facilitation practices
  • Get support on upcoming meeting designs
  • Engage with others who care about these things!

The day will be an introduction to using this set of patterns to engage with group dynamics in ways that are engaging, useful, and replicable. The workshop will be richly participatory, with plenty of opportunity to explore how this relates with your own experience.  We’ll be using the deck Group Works:  A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings as our lens. While familiarity with the deck is helpful, it’s not essential—you’ll recognize the patterns from your own experience and be able to pick it up. To better apply this tool within organizations you are part of, we encourage you to bring along one or more colleagues from the same group.

When:  Join us starting at 9:00am for tea/coffee & registration; workshop runs 9:30am-4:30pm.

Food:  Snacks at breaks and a simple lunch will be served, with gluten-free and vegan options. (If you have other dietary needs let us know on the registration form.)

Where:  Offices of Emdeon, 600 Stewart St, Seattle 98101 (at Westlake). Further details on room and parking will be sent to all registrants closer to the date. We thank Emdeon, and Michael Wolf, our event sponsors, for graciously providing the room for this event.

Cost:  Sliding scale $40-$200. If the bottom of the sliding scale is not affordable for your circumstances, creative arrangements are available—don’t let finances be a barrier to attendance; contact Tree Bressen at tree[at]ic[dot]org.

Registration:  Please register in advance so your hosts can plan appropriately; sign up at If you have further questions contact registrar Dave Pollard at

Led by:  Sue Woehrlin, Tree Bressen, and Dave Pollard. To learn more about the workshop leaders, visit the following links:

      Sue:          Tree:    Dave:

What is Group Works?  Group Works is a way of thinking about great group process in the form of best patterns. It was created by a volunteer collaborative of practitioners from a wide range of organizational backgrounds with many years experience, then published in the form of a card deck for maximum participatory possibilities. The deck can be used in a myriad of ways to improve group dynamics: for planning events, running sessions, reflecting afterward, studying facilitation by yourself or as part of a group, assessing organizational functionality, quick guidance in a tight spot, and lots more. It has the potential to serve as a common vocabulary for people who care about good meetings and events. The 100-card deck is available for free download from, printed copies sell for $35 each, and there is an iPhone app too. The project has been developed in an open-source manner and your future involvement is welcome. Check it out!

Come participate and spread the word:  We expect this will be a great learning and networking opportunity. Hope to see you there! Please forward this invitation to anyone who would benefit from better meetings.

This workshop is presented by the Group Pattern Language Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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