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The Gardian Blog, featured in Alltop and Association Universe, serves as a rich content library that illuminates topics and issues of importance to the association community, particularly as they relate to professional development.

Consensus: The Five Key Ingredients

One of the most common concerns for which groups seek outside support is struggling to find consensus on a particular issue.

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The Gift of ToP : Knowing the Questions not the Answers

The past few years have been ones of tremendous growth for me personally and professionally. As I have been reflecting on the gifts these changes have brought to me, I have of course reflected on my journey with the Technology of Participation (ToP) methods.

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5 things to consider when selecting and promoting speakers for your event

A well-planned line-up of guest speakers can make an event more memorable and increase attendee satisfaction.

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Association learner: Extreme skeptic or eternal optimist?

Challenging problems require creative solutions. But if you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got. Therefore, we have both the power and the responsibility to innovate upon those who have come before us. So, today and every day, choose to see the good in association learning. Choose to create your palette of possibilities.

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Bright Idea: Equity in discussion

At events, panel discussions are meant to educate and offer various perspectives. Diversity is important in fostering a comfortable learning environment, especially for women.

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Facilitator: Neutral Party or Expert Guide?

​Facilitators should actually be expert guides. Their understanding of the subject matter allows them to have a deeper understanding of the goals of the group and how to assist them in achieving those goals.

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