March/April 2021
Spring has sprung and as more vaccines are distributed, we get more excited about the possibility of seeing you in person. In person or not, HueLife has continued to deliver virtually (Less travel time? Yes, please!) and we have a lot to share with you!

In this issue of HUE News, you'll find:
  • Virtual Water Cooler with Irina Fursman TOMORROW - A Facebook Live event at 9am CST.
  • LAUNCH of our first HUE course, HUE Conversations, and upcoming virtual courses
  • HUE Journeys - Cohort programs to master your leadership, facilitation and engagement skills, while building a network of likeminded huemans to journey with you.
  • PRO-BONO Action Planning recipients announcement.
  • DOWNLOAD a free conversation template around returning to the office.

We look forward to seeing you in the virtual space or in person (cross your fingers) soon!

-The HueLife Team
What is leadership in loosely coupled systems?
The Virtual Water Cooler is where HueLife chats about various topics connected to the work we are doing in our team and communities. Since we can't run into you physically at the water cooler in the office, we'll bring the water cooler to you via Facebook Live!

When we shared that our co-founder and newly acronymed Dr. Irina Fursman, Ed. D. completed her Doctorate in Organization Development, we were flooded with support and inquiries about her research. Thus, we decided that this would be the topic for a virtual water cooler session.

Tune in on Facebook Live Tomorrow, April 13 at 9:00am CST to learn more about Dr. Fursman's research on LEADERSHIP IN A LOOSELY COUPLED, MULTI-STAKEHOLDER SYSTEM!

Add this event and link to your calendar:
Facilitate. Engage. Lead.

The HUE (Human Understanding and Engagement) Conversation offers space to understand different perspectives and better inform a group to create collective decisions.

This one-day workshop is an introduction to fundamentals of human decision-making process and group dynamics. Participants will learn a practical, structured, and easy-to-apply method (DEVCA) to facilitate conversations that lead to shared understanding and action.

  • Dates: Two dates to choose from Friday, May 7 – 9-4 PM and Tuesday, May 25 – 9-4 PM
  • Cost: Introductory offer price of $395 (regular price $550)
  • Location: Zoom Online Meeting

  • Foundational values of authentic engagement  
  • HUE™ Conversation Method (a.k.a. DEVCA)  
  • Tips and techniques to deal with various human dynamics 
  • How to lead a meaningful conversation that accomplishes the desired outcomes  
  • How to ask thoughtful questions 
Learn the what, the how, and what's next

HueLife is now offering HUE Journeys – Mastery programs that will significantly improve facilitative leadership capabilities, virtual engagement skills, deepen knowledge of various facilitation methods, and provide a fun learning environment. Learn the “what” and the “how” through a series of learning intensives over a period of a year with opportunities to practice, share, and gain feedback.

You won’t ever be on a HUE Journey alone – you will have the HueLife team there to support and mentor you and you will also create a learning community that will last well past the completion of your HUE Journey. 
Currently, we are accepting registrations for the following Journeys:
HUE Leadership Journey Virtual Cohort

*Launching in June! 10% discount for registering by April*
If you are striving to be a transformational leader, this cohort is for you! Build your leadership capabilities through an intensive skill-building cohort experience that focuses on engaging team members and stakeholders to create a collaborative work culture.
Mastering Technology of Participation (ToP)

*Beginning in July and already at 50% capacity! 10% discount for registering by April 30*
Designed for facilitators, change agents, and leaders who aspire for mastery level ToP facilitation skills and seek to expand their competencies in engagement work. You will learn more about ToP method theory, acquire and apply new tools, practice with real clients, and share feedback with peers and certified professionals. 
Conversation around returning to the office
Download a template for facilitating a conversation about returning the the office following our HUE Conversation method. As always, we are here to help if you are needing professional facilitation services. You can also connect with us on the conversation you facilitate at our monthly Community of Practice on May 3rd at 9:30 AM CST.
Upcoming virtual courses
Spending too much time in meetings sharing updates and not moving to action? This Quick Learn will show you how to keep your project on task and people on track utilizing a template that helps participants share updates efficiently and drives the team to action. 

WHEN: May 14 @ 11-12 PM
COST: $75
Need to quickly brainstorm solutions to an issue? This Quick Learn will offer a tool that will help the team clarify the issue so an informed decision can be made on how to resolve it quickly. All are welcome to attend and no prerequisites are needed! 

WHEN: May 14 @ 8:30 AM - 10 AM
COST: $75
Have you been asked to conduct a retrospective and are unsure of where to start? Or are you a new Scrum Master and unsure of what goes into facilitating sprint retrospectives? If you answered yes, this 2-hour online workshop is for you. This interactive workshop will provide you with a proven approach to preparing productive retrospectives. It is brought to you jointly by HueLife, experts in facilitation training and Collaborative Leadership Team, experts in the Scrum framework.

WHEN: May 19 @ 12:30-2:30 PM
COST: $79

HueLife extended an offer for a pro-bono half-day Action Planning Session to nonprofit organizations, civic groups, community partners and/or informal groups who are seeking facilitation support to advance their mission through participatory and inclusive processes.

Learn more about the recipients that will move to action with HueLife's support.

The Community Peace Celebration (CPC) was founded in response to violence that occurred in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, MN in 1996, a traveling Peace Pole with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages visited 30 neighborhood sites.

The CPC has evolved into a diverse network of neighbors, community organizations, local businesses, artists, and youth utilizing their superpowers for peace in one space. This powerful convening seeks to disrupt cycles of oppression, violence, and poverty through art, community health, education, youth empowerment, and reconciliation discussions.

The purpose of this action planning session is to plan a series of engagements to activate investments in peace, culminating in the 25th Annual Community Peace Celebration (CPC).

CLICK HERE to learn more and be a part of this event!

On the surface, One2One is a mentoring organization. Through mentoring and learning about what experiences are embedded into a system, we can work to create strong partnerships and foster systems change. One2One recognizes that individuals, institutions and policies need to be in alignment to create and sustain change. Many mentors that have partnered with the organization were students from community college working towards a career in law enforcement. Therefore their work has naturally connected with public safety. The organization has done work in Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and Roseville and now there is an opportunity to apply their model in Minneapolis.

The purpose of this action planning session to develop a plan for one community engagement event where people can split up across the facility with several processes going on simultaneously. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about One2One!

Ramsey County (Minnesota) designed the Community Response Team during the COVID-19 pandemic to help guide the county’s response and provide critical links between county operations the residents served by the county. After the death of George Floyd the county was interested in learning how community members felt about the county response. These efforts produced five recommendations, including the recommendation to develop a Community Response Team. The team also works closely with the Equity Action Circle. The County Manager and Emergency Management Team are supportive of this effort. 

The purpose of the action planning session is to develop an action plan that will lead to the kick-off of the Community Response Team where staff and community members come together.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Ramsey County Community Response Team.

The SoWashCo CARES (South Washington County Community Action Reaching Every Student) is a community-led effort to help meet the needs of our students in the South Washington County School District (ISD833). It's our community helping our community!

SoWashCo CARES is a fiscally sponsored project of the South Washington County Schools Education Foundation, which is a 501c3, serving all or parts of the communities of Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, Afton, Denmark and Grey Cloud Island - Eastern suburbs of St. Paul,Minnesota. 

The purpose of this action planning session is to develop plans for two upcoming events - Back to School Celebration and Employee Recognition Fundraising Event.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the South Washington County Education Foundation!

ToP Facilitation Methods and ToP Strategic Planning are eligible for 14 CEHs from the following boards: BOSA, PMI, APA, AICP, CHES-MCHES, NAICS
CEUs are also offered from Normandale Community College for any ToP course offered at their university.
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