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Summit affiliated workshops offer half and full day sessions for deeper exploration, connection and collaboration with experts in their fields, colleagues and peers. Choose from half day, or full day workshops.

All workshops are hosted on , in the Shepherd Union Building. Light refreshments will be served.

The Art of Convening: Methods and Frameworks for Working Skillfully in Complexity and Community

Presented by Tenneson Woolf, Facilitator, teacher, blogger and coach of Tenneson Woolf Consulting,
and Quanita Roberson, Executive Director of Nzuzu

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Shepherd Union, Ballroom C
Cost $110 regular, $95 early bird, $40 students, scholarships available

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This workshop is for people that yearn to work more skillfully together to create supportive communities, grounded leadership, and impactful results. The workshop provides tools to address the challenges for which there are no finish lines.

Together participants will work with, not against, complexity though the Cynefin framework, and learn two engagement methodologies; World Café, and the Circle Way.

The Cynefin framework explores four types of environments: simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic, and the differing leadership approaches needed in each.

World Café is a method for creating many small table conversations, four to five people per table, and then interweaving these to form a larger conversation with the whole group. Small tables are often the places where traditions and movements are born. This process is less intimidating than a large group conversation, and far more energizing and invigorating. World Café is a way of deliberately connecting groups from 16 to 1,600 through ideas, stories, plans, and energy.

The Circle Way is a practice that helps participants shift from informal socializing or opinionated discussion into a receptive attitude of thoughtful speaking and deep listening.

Who should attend: Community Organizers, Activists, Engaged Citizens

Science, Stories, and Sustainability: The National Climate Assessment and Opportunities in Utah

Presented by Brenda Ekwurzel Senior Climate Scientist, Director of Climate Science for the Union of Concerned Scientists
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Shepherd Union, Room 404
Cost: $55 regular $45 early bird, $20 students, scholarships

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We invite you to a workshop to learn about the fourth National Climate Assessment and what it means for Utah. Whether you’re a business leader, researcher, city planner or Utah resident, this interactive workshop will provide opportunities for you to explore how to combine science and storytelling. Share ways to reduce damages to Utah from changes in drought, wildfires, water supply, forage, and cattle productivity, snowpack, extreme weather events, and more. Learn tips for turning the report’s findings into compelling personal stories for opportunities for Utah. You’ll also have the occasion to build connections with others in the room and learn about the importance of having a diverse set of voices calling for solutions for a more sustainable future for all.

In light of the need to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 to reduce damages, Utah based organizations have the opportunity to implement economic strategies, new technologies and policies that can help us reach the goal. Investigate how Utah could reach the first of these goals in the next decade (with assistance from participants representing clean energy expertise, local government officials, academia and others). Explore policies that are working at city, state and national levels. Discuss hard choices as well as practical solutions that don’t require policy. Identify the leaders, groups, and institutions that can move these strategies forward (in the workshop and beyond).

Who should attend: Government, Nonprofit, Private Sector, Higher Education, Climate Advocates and Utah residents

Intermountain Living Future Workshop

Presented by Kenner Kingston, President Arch Nexus
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Shepherd Union, Room 404
Cost: $55 regular $45 early bird, $20 students, scholarships

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What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?

The Living Building Challenge is the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings, and Regenerative Design is the next horizon beyond the summit of sustainability. People from around the world are using the International Living Future Institute’s framework to create places that give more than they take. Living Buildings are:

  • Regenerative places that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature, and community.
  • Self-sufficient and remain within the water and energy resource limits of their site.
  • Create a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.

Come to this half-day workshop, tailored to the unique nature of the Intermountain West, to learn about and discuss how you can help to “support the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.” - ILFI Mission Statement

Who should attend: Building Owners and Operators, Architects, Construction Managers, Designers, Engineers, Realtors, Students, and those who want to go beyond LEED.