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Learn the Pomegranate Method for Creative Collaboration


Pomegranate Center offers training and mentorship for community organizers, nonprofits, and local government change agents wanting to convene design and planning projects within their communities. Our unique methodology, developed over 30 years, simplifies community engagement by bringing clarity and creativity to the challenging work of public process. We are creating a supportive network of changemakers and honing their skills through continuing education opportunities.

Now more than ever, our communities need help working together, they need new models, and they need new leadership. Community engagement work takes time, and we’re here to provide the tools and structure to make this work easier. Our training will give you more confidence in your facilitation skills, more competency around community process, and more connections to a network of like-minded individuals doing the gritty work of community engagement. Pomegranate Method graduates will have the opportunity to stay in touch with both Pomegranate Center and fellow graduates through our exclusive Facebook group and trainees-only newsletter.

We have codified our 30 years of experience, tested over the course of hundreds of community meetings and more than 60 built projects, into the Pomegranate Method. Through training, mentoring, and consulting, we teach neighbors, governments, and professionals how to fully engage communities in productive and creative public processes. The result is collaborative and socially engaged leaders who return to their communities or agencies with the skills for authentic engagement.

Ranging from 2-and-a-half-day introductions to 8-day project-supported intensives, we take the traditional planning process and turn it upside down, breaking every detail into simple, and practical explanations and applications. Each training is a mix of lecture, practice, discussion, case studies, and hands-on application. The modules unfold in a way that allows for both the big picture and the details to be understood. We introduce facilitation techniques right away so that there are practice opportunities at every class.


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