Endorsements

“When you open this book, be prepared to be amazed. Amazed at how technology can enable real human interaction—you know, the face-to-face, look-’em-in-the-eye kind where people get up close and personal and find common bonds through honest communication. In case after case, Karl Danskin and Lenny Lind show you how one-way monologues from leaders to followers can be transformed into effective, trust-building, two-way dialogues between members of a community. I’ve seen it work, and it’s close to magic. I highly recommend that you not only read this book, but that you put the process described in Virtuous Meetings into practice.”

Jim Kouzescoauthor of The Leadership Challenge; Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

“It was personally rewarding to be part of a virtuous meeting. The methodology described in this book works. With two hundred leaders from the organization around the world at our leadership conference, everyone felt that their voice was heard, their suggestions were truly valued, and the shared vision was collectively embraced.”

Patrick Y. YangPhD, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Technical Operations, Roche Pharmaceuticals (Retired)

“Danskin and Lind have made an important contribution to the theory and practice of large group meetings. If you think you can’t get work done or people engaged when they are in large meetings, be prepared for a surprise. Virtuous Meetings is an engaging handbook that will help leaders understand why and how to create large meetings that engage everyone present.”

Barbara BunkerProfessor Emerita, University at Buffalo; coauthor of Handbook of Large Group Methods

“Hands down, these guys are best in the world at facilitating meaningful conversations amongst large groups of people. For nearly 20 years, Lenny and Karl and their team have supported me in crucial meetings with the senior leaders of the world’s largest companies in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia. They are process experts who masterfully use technology, rather than technologists who pretend to understand process. This practical and inspiring book reveals their secrets. It’s a must-read for anyone designing or facilitating a large meeting where conversation
and understanding really matter.”

Brian BaconFounder and Chairman, Oxford Leadership Academy

“Virtuous Meetings is a must-read book for anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of how to work with large groups to ensure that the outcome of a gathering is clear, concrete, and actionable,
and that it represents the collective views of the participants. All of us at AmericaSpeaks were proud and delighted to work with Covision’s talented team to integrate their technology platform into our 21st Century Town Meetings.”

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, PhDfounder of AmericaSpeaks; executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse

“When we started DTA and Whole-Scale Change consulting in the 1980s and 1990s, our thinking quickly outran the technology to do it fully. We did magic with post-it notes and flip charts, but Danskin and Lind are the jet engine of system change. Technology is either a constraint (when you don’t have the right stuff) or an accelerator (when you have it right). Covision has it right.”

Albert B. Blixtsenior partner, Dannemiller Tyson Associates

“How can you make your voice heard? How do you work productively in large meetings? It is astonishing how convincing the arguments of the authors are – and how helpful. As an experienced member of parliament, who has attended meetings around the globe for decades, I can only lean back and recommend: Read this book. The time it takes to read it will be paid back tenfold in efficiency gains.”

Dr. Hans-Peter Martinauthor of international bestsellers The Global Trap and Bitter Pills, and 15 year member of the European Parliament

“The success of any large or small org is the direct function of people’s ability to collaborate effectively, think and act and do things together. The lesson of Virtuous Meetings is very clear: when the participant-centric model happens in the room as part of a meeting, the participant-centric paradigm is infused into an organization. By having the participant-centric approach to meetings, you role model and upscale people to do exactly the same things which they need to do on a daily basis in order for the company or the organization to be successful.”

Bjorn Thomas Atterstamformer Group Head of Talent and Senior Management Development at Prudential PLC

“We had this challenge of wanting to bring together many different participants coming from different backgrounds and have them start thinking about what the future world would be in terms of relationships between humans and nature. We chose to work with the method described in Virtuous Meetings, even though in the science world it’s still extremely difficult to use more of these conversation-based meetings. But it’s improving, and more and more scientists are now aware of these new ways of doing meetings. All of the participants whom I could talk to in the following years told me it made a change, a major change, in their way of thinking, and I would say in their way of working, in their life.”

Estelle BalianBelgian Biodiversity Platform, Director of International Positive Visions For Biodiversity Conference