The websites in this resource list are separated into three categories:

• Libraries, networks, and discussion groups

• Professional Associations
• Organizations that Promote Participatory Values

The descriptions come from the websites themselves. Their inclusion doesn’t constitute a review or endorsement.

This list is updated regularly. If you have any other favorite sites that you’d like to see included in the next round, please contact

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Appreciative Inquiry Commons

The “AI Commons” is a worldwide portal devoted to the fullest sharing of academic resources and practical tools on Appreciative Inquiry and the rapidly growing discipline of positive change.
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Nonprofit organization dedicated to building stronger nonprofit boards and stronger nonprofit organizations. Offers publications, consulting, and training.
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Change Management Toolbox

THE CHANGE MANAGEMENT TOOLBOOK is a platform on which you can find information and tools related to change in organizations, teams, communities and individuals and meet with other people who are involved in change processes.
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Community Problem-Solving Project @ MIT

A learning space for people and institutions worldwide. The users of this site work in all three sectors -- public, nonprofit (or non-governmental), and private -- and across them. They work on a wide variety of issues, from housing and health care to education and the environment, from labor and economic development to crime and public safety and "comprehensive" community change.
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Everyday Democracy

Everyday Democracy helps people of different backgrounds and views talk and work together to solve problems and create communities that work for everyone.  This website is chock full of useful guides to support facilitation of meaningful discussions.
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Future Search Network

Future Search Network is a collaboration of hundreds of dedicated volunteers worldwide providing future search conferences as a public service.  Their misson is to help communities everywhere become more open, supportive, equitable and sustainable.
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Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge

HBS Working Knowledge is a forum for innovation in business practice, offering readers a first look at cutting-edge thinking and the opportunity to both influence and use these concepts before they enter mainstream management practice.
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The Innovation Journal

An independent Internet-based Journal devoted to sharing ideas and
discussion of public sector innovation. It includes both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed material. It also keeps you up to date on upcoming seminars, publications, and other sites about innovation in government.

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Liberating Structures

Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless developed this collection of 33 "microstructures" to help groups become more innovative and adaptive. Liberating Structures draw from emerging insights from complexity science, organizational development, improvisational arts, and user experience.

Management Library

Community resource providing basic, how-to management information for managers — particularly those with very limited resources. Information on topics ranging from conflict management to valuing diversity. Also includes links and on-line discussion groups.
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Outcome Mapping

Outcome mapping is a new approach to planning international development work and measuring its results. Outcome mapping works on the principle that development is essentially about people.
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The Performance Juxtaposition Site

A Meta-site, compiling hundreds of articles and links on learning, training, leadership and all things related to improving human performance.
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Training for Change

Provides activist training for groups standing up for justice, peace and the environment through strategic nonviolence. Provides numerous downloadable group activities/ exercises aimed at developing participatory groups.
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Vernal Project

The Vernal Education Project is a long-term effort to create a comprehensive education and support network that can bolster and sustain grassroots progressive social change movements in the United States. Provides notes, handouts, and sample agendas for facilitating workshops on nonviolent direct action, cooperative decision-making and consensus with permission to download them, print them, and distribute them.
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Alliance for Nonprofit Management

A professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits - to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission.
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Association for Talent Development (ATD)

Professional association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ATD’s members come from more than 100 countries.  Offers conferences, career center, learning communities, publications and professional services.
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Asia Organization Development Network

The Asia OD Network (AODN) was formed in 2006 to provide a venue for all OD professionals to network with each other and to share knowledge and best practices with special emphasis on the unique needs of the dynamic Asian region. Holds an annual conference.
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Association for Conflict Resolution

Professional association aimed at helping members develop integrated organizational conflict management systems, so that organizations improve their ability to deal with conflict. And through such organizations, spread the principles of conflict prevention and management into their communities so that society improves its ability to deal with conflict. Offers forum discussion, listserv, and educational opportunities.
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Australasian Facilitator’s Network

The Australasian Facilitators Network (AFN) is a self-organising community of practitioners based in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and the Pacific, who have been meeting since 1998.  Holds annual
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Bay Area OD Network

Professional organization serving the professional needs of practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators in the field of Organization Development. Site offers resources, newsletter and journal.
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International Association of Facilitators

Professional organization dedicated to growing facilitators and encouraging the use of group process methodologies world-wide through newsletter, journal, annual conference, methods database, and electronic discussion on group facilitation.
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International Coach Federation

Nonprofit, professional organization of personal and business coaches offering resources for those in the field. Offers Coach Referral Service and conferences.
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International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)

Nonprofit association of members designed to promote and improve the
practice of public participation. Offers events, conferences, publications, and communication technology.
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National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation

A dynamic network of practitioners, scholars and activists working throughout the dialogue & deliberation community.  Over 80 pages of resources and more in the works.
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Organization Development Network (ODN)

An international, professional association committed to advancing the theory and practice of organization development. Sponsors a journal, e-zine, e-discussions and annual conference.
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Progressive Consultant's Network

The Progressive Consultants Network provides a forum for East Bay Consultants committed to social justice work to: collaborate; reduce isolation; channel work to one another; discuss challenges in a confidential, peer forum; and support new consultants to get a practice off the ground. Sign up for the list-serve at:
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Social Venture Network

Founded in 1987 by some of the nation's most visionary leaders in socially responsible entrepreneurship and investment, Social Venture Network (SVN) is a nonprofit network committed to building a just and sustainable world through business.
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South Bay Organization Development Network (SBODN)

SBODN is an informal forum that brings together Silicon Valley change leaders focused on making a difference in how organizations and the people in them survive and thrive. Known for their "First Monday" monthly events that feature experts speaking on leading edge concepts. No membership is required to participate.
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A.K. Rice Institute

A resource for people who are interested in the dynamics of people and organizations. It
An international research organization whose mission is to support and advance the study of group relations.  A resource filled site including articles, audios and videos.
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The Berkana Institute

Berkana supports life-affirming leaders around the globe. Berkana intentionally supports those who are giving birth to the new forms, processes, and leadership that will restore hope to the future. This site offers articles by leading thinkers in OD.
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Business for Social Responsibility

A global organization that helps member companies achieve success in ways that respect
ethical values, people, communities and the environment. BSR provides information, tools, training and advisory services to make corporate social responsibility an integral part of business operations and strategies.
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Center for Collaborative Policy

The mission of the Center is to build the capacity of public agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public to use collaborative strategies to improve policy outcomes.  Offers graduate courses, workshops as well as custom training and consulting.
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Center for Strategic Facilitation

A San Francisco bay area based consulting and training group.  They see their work as part of the movement to build a more participatory culture in the world.
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Center for Wise Democracy

The site promotes Jim Rough’s proprietary methods and innovations to solve many of today’s most pressing public issues.  The site features numerous videos with Jim Rough interviewing innovative leaders.

Cognexus Institute

The brainchild of Jeffrey Conklin, Cognexus offers tools and skills for groups dealing with complex and ill-structured situations. The Institute’s mission is to create organizational coherence in the service of world peace and healing. They specialize in teaching the Dialogue Mapping technique.
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The Co-Intelligence Institute

Tom Atlee, author of The Tao of Democracy, founded this organization in 1996. It focuses on catalyzing co-intelligence in the realms of politics, governance and conscious evolution of ourselves and our social systems. They research, network, advocate, and help organize leading-edge experiments and conversations in order to weave what is possible into new, wiser forms of civilization.
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The Consensus Building Institute

The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) is a not-for-profit organization created by leading practitioners and theory builders in the fields of negotiation and dispute resolution. CBI works with leaders, advocates, experts, and communities to promote effective negotiations, build consensus, and resolve conflicts.
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CoVision is a pioneer in the field of group engagement technology consulting.  It offers interactive group process tools and expertise in order to help facilitators and executives produce the world’s most productive meetings and conferences.
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Full Circle Associates

Nancy White’s site dedicated to online facilitation.  Nancy offers training and workshops, but also a ton of articles, tools and links to help you learn about online facilitation and collaboration.
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Global Facilitator Service Corps

Through the development and support of local networks of volunteer facilitators worldwide, Global Facilitator Service Corps helps build the capacity of communities to work through their challenges and create sustainable solutions.

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Good Group Decisions

Run by Craig Freshley, this website has many free resources to help groups make good decisions. Craig's organization offers meeting facilitation, training, team building, strategic planning, mediation, organizational development, and research and report preparation - all things that help groups make good decisions.
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Group Pattern Language Project

GPLP is the nonprofit creator and publisher of Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings. This evocative 91-card deck distills the core wisdom of skillful facilitation and convening and can be applied to learning good process, planning great meetings, evaluating past sessions, and other group needs.
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The Grove Consultants International

Offers consulting services as well as workshops in the art of using group graphics in the
development of group processes.  They also have an entire catalog of products for the graphic facilitator.
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Institute of Cultural Affairs

Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting social innovation through participation and community building. Offers training and services in group facilitation, participatory strategic planning, and others.   Creators of ‘Technology of Participation’™ method.
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The International Institute for Facilitation and Change

A professional team of facilitators, trainers and consultants who specialize in participatory processes. IIFAC works with change-oriented groups in both the public and private sector, as well as with national and international networks. Headquartered in Mexico, IIFAC relies on a group of skilled colleagues around the world to provide customized services designed to meet our clients’ training and facilitation needs.
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Jim Collins

Author of Built to Last and Good to Great, Jim has built his career on studying and teaching about great companies — how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies. His site offers free access to videos, audios, articles, and tools to aid in understanding and applying the ideas from his books and research to both business and life.
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Juanita Brown’s World Cafe

People around the world are finding the World Café principles and process easy to use, exciting and inspiring.  A World Café can be understood as a process based on a set of integrated design principles that reveals a living network of conversations..
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Kinzel Cadrin and Associates

Specialists in workplace human relations, Kinzel Cadrin & Associates apply behavioral science and open systems knowledge and thinking skills to workplace settings. They offer consulting, coaching, training, education, facilitation, and applied research services.
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The Long Now Institute

Providing a counterpoint to today's "faster/cheaper" mind set and promote "slower/better" thinking. The Long Now hopes to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.  Offers numerous video and audio downloads from their monthly seminars.
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Margaret Wheatley

Applies the lens of living systems theory to organizations and communities. She explores the question: "How might we organize differently if we understood how Life organizes?" Over 30 articles free to download.
. . . . serves as a bridge between professionals offering mediation services and people considering mediation services.  Forums, articles, links, resources, calendar of events, and trainings.
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Mediation Training Institute / Dana Mediation Institute

Resources for the prevention, management, and resolution of workplace conflicts and disputes in business, government, health care, and non-profit organizations.

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NTL Institute

Not-for-profit organization that offers programs for trainers and group facilitators with an
emphasis on social change. Provides publications and training products.
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Peter Block

Peter Block has devoted himself to putting ideas of stewardship and participative community into practice.  His site has numerous interviews, readings and links.
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Innovative programs in the areas of team building, stress management, internal customer service, reward and recognition, and fun at work.
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Society for Organizational Learning

An intentional learning community composed of organizations, individuals, and local SoL communities around the world. A not-for-profit, member-governed corporation.
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Tamarak Institute

An organization that aims to deeply understand community change and help organizations and citizens work better together for a collective impact. Their site boasts an impressive collection of resources for those involved in collaborative change efforts.
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Tavistock Institute

A non-profit organization dedicated to the study of inter-organisational relations, the emergence of the knowledge society, and problems of organisation, particularly in the delivery of public policy.
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Tree Bressen's Group Facilitation Site

Tree Bressen is an experienced facilitator working with nonprofits, cohousing groups, activists, schools, and a wide variety of other organizations. Her base is in intentional communities -- groups of people who live together and have to deal with each other every day! Her website provides lots of free articles and tools.
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