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Welcome Back, Katya

For the brand new position of Director of Education we brought in a familiar face: Katya Matanovic. Katya has been with the Pomegranate team for years in various roles, most recently as a trainer alongside her father Milenko. We’re excited for Katya to join the team as we grow our Pomegranate Method training, and hope you’ll join us in celebrating the good news.

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Pomegranate Launches First Training Refresher Course

After surveying graduates of our Pomegranate Method training, it was clear: you want refresher courses!

So, this summer, join Milenko and Katya for a special REFRESHER COURSE HAPPY HOUR: four hours of project specific coaching, practice, and inspiration to help you put the Pomegranate Method into action in your work.

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Ground Rules Deep Dive #1: Turn Opposition Into Proposition

By Milenko Matanovic

Together we are capable of extraordinary achievements. Over the years, Pomegranate Center has encouraged people to uphold a code of conduct that leads to creativity and collaboration. These ground rules are important in creating a positive atmosphere that focuses on how things can be improved, away from complaints. In this series of short pieces, I will look at different ground rules, why they are important, and share stories from the field.

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Conveners, Not Leaders: A Note From Our Executive Director

Here at Pomegranate Center we are careful to distinguish between conveners and leaders. What’s the difference?

A leader is someone in charge, who has the authority to make decisions. Our current president, for example, is a leader.

A convener, on the other hand, is someone who has the ability to bring people together, capitalize on their diverse strengths, and move an issue toward collective action. Our current president, I would argue, is not a convener.

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Registration Now Open for Seattle Area Two-Day Training

Do you work with community groups?

Are you tired of public processes that get bogged down because they are unwieldy, ineffective, or meaningless? Are you sick of meetings that get hijacked by a boisterous few? Do you believe that community involvement is essential to creating successful public spaces and public policy?

In this two-day introduction to the Pomegranate Method, you’ll learn how to fully engage communities in a productive and creative process, while creating broad ownership over your project. Each day is a mix of lecture, practice, and discussion led by the dynamic duo of Milenko and Katya Matanovic.

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