Mastering ToP is an intensive skill-building experience from the Institute of Cultural Affairs Technology of Participation (ToP). The year-long program helps you hone facilitation dexterity and leadership capabilities during quarterly intensives, field work, and mentoring.
Deepen your knowledge and have fun while learning new tools, processes and applications for engagement and facilitation methods. Your cohort of peers will become a network of support for years to come! Popularly known as MToP, the program includes:
I. Learning Intensives: Each quarter, MToP cohorts meet in-person for three days of intensive work:
Intensive 1: 10/9, 10/10, 10/11/2024 (in-person, Homewood Suites Oakland – Waterfront. The location address is: 1103 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606)
Facilitating Depth Reflection – Learn to create participatory environments and dive into the science behind focused conversation, wave methodology, and image shift methods.
Intensive 2: 1/8, 1/9, 1/10/2025 (Virtual)
Facilitating Consensus Building – Build your skills in creating a multi-sensory impact.
Intensive 3: 4/9, 4/10, 4/11/2025 (Virtual)
Orchestrating Group Action – Co-facilitate Action Planning sessions with real clients and deepen knowledge of Strategic Planning.
Intensive 4: Intensive 4: 7/9, 7/10, 7/11/2025 (in-person, Homewood Suites Oakland – Waterfront. The location address is: 1103 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606)
Designing for Transformative Change – Learn to design exceptional events, produce effective results, and explore integrating other methods.
II. Field Experience: Practice and learning in between intensives
III. Mentoring: Group mentor meetings with colleagues
If you love the ToP Facilitation Methods and other ToP methodologies, MToP promises to deepen and increase your capacity to use these methods bringing you new tools, processes and capabilities with groups.
For those interested in Becoming certified as a ToP facilitator, MToP will help you prepare for it.
Click here to Watch A Short Video about the MToP Program.
ToP Facilitation Methods (TFM)
ToP Strategic Planning (TSP)
“MToP was a wonderful opportunity to be among my peers in practicing and improving my skills as a facilitator. I am reminded that being a ToP facilitator is a process of constant growth and self awareness that I will use the rest of my life. By understanding the theory behind the methods I am better equipped for my journey toward certification and creating change in my communities.”
– Savannah Gene, Diné
“The ToP Mastery Course was one of the best investments I made in myself. It was an intense, immersive, and supportive personal journey of co-learning, co-discovery, and co-creation. The intensives were fun and exciting, yet challenging. My journey took me through a range of emotions that were at times emotionally and physically exhausting, but in a way that led to a deeper understanding of the methods, taught me about my personal strengths and challenges in relation to the methods, and showed me how to give the best of myself as a facilitator. ToP mastery is as much about mastering yourself as it is about mastering ToP methods. I strongly recommend this course for anyone brave enough to open their hearts and minds and embark on this life changing journey.”