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Navigating Feedback: Deepening Collaboration in the Conversations We Need (2 of 5)
November 26, 2024
11:30am - 1:30pm EST

Five Tuesday sessions: 

  • Four 2-hour sessions (11:30 am - 1:30 pm EST)
  • One 1-hour bonus session on the final Tuesday (11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST)
$300 (Requested); $200-375 (Sliding Scale)
Navigating Feedback: Deepening Collaboration in the Conversations We Need (2 of 5)

Imagine you are supported to approach conversations you usually dread feeling grounded, clear, confident and compassionate. This 5-session workshop is focused on deepening collaboration in feedback conversations with practical guidance for how we can prepare and communicate in ways that are rooted in empathy for ourselves and others.

*Details on fees, sliding scale, and scholarship options can be found below.*

A conversation between you and your collaborator is looming. They’ve initiated it, and you’re dreading it. Or maybe you have some things to say, and you waver between wanting to give them a piece of your mind and wanting to just avoid it, pretending it’s no big deal. When we’re working with others, it is important to make space for feedback that strengthens both our shared work and our relationships. Often, we shy away from engaging if feedback isn’t 100% positive. It can be fraught. But there are ways of navigating feedback that hold the promise of growth, insight, and greater trust and connection. And not only that: we believe that learning and practicing skills and tools that tap into the generative potential of the tension that arises when we work together is essential to a Just Transition to systems centered on economic and social well-being and governed by deep democracy.

So what helps us access the transformative potential feedback can hold? 

During this 5-session, online workshop, we will explore practical strategies for navigating needed feedback conversations through the framework of the Feedback Spiral. The image of the spiral will remind us both that the process of feedback can be iterative and cyclical, as well as transformative and collaborative (vs. unilateral). 

What new insight might come as we move through the spiral that can help us find movement and hope in the stuck places?

Each session will include interactive content and practices to engage with real-time examples from your work and life. You will have the opportunity to be paired up with another participant for practice in between sessions. Because a shared experience with colleagues can make it easier to bring this language and these skills into your working relationships, we encourage you to sign up with one or more of the people

you work with! 

Through engagement with the Feedback Spiral, this course will support you, and the colleagues and collaborators who join you, to move through a series of replicable steps to help you prepare for offering as well as responding to offers of feedback.

The Feedback Spiral supports us to:

  • Understand empathy as a foundational posture and practice: what is it and why does it matter in navigating feedback? How can I regularly come back to empathy as a resource for needed conversations?
  • Connect to purpose: why does this conversation matter?
  • Observe and analyze power dynamics at play and lean into the responsibilities and growth edges of your positionality
  • Grow your capacity to distinguish between what happened and the meaning you’re making about it
  • Lean into taking accountability: how can I own what’s mine when there’s tension?
  • Make clearer, more doable requests, that consider more of the needs on the table, in service of having more effective agreements and strategies to tend to tensions
  • Grow your capacity to tune into the body as an important source of information, while also developing practices to stay more centered under pressure
  • Work with your defensiveness and learn to meaningfully integrate feedback
  • Develop an empathetic listening practice with a buddy between sessions as a foundational tool for resourcing yourself to show up better in navigating feedback

Session 5 will be a one hour Bonus Session co-facilitated by Nicole Bauman and GWI workers, beginning to explore institutional applications (how can your group or org integrate more liberatory and collaborative feedback practices, policies and culture) as well as starter resources for tending to feedback conversations when harm has been done.

This workshop series complements Navigating Conflict: Building Resilience for Your Working Relationships by delving deeper into applying nonviolent communication skills to feedback conversations. If you’ve participated in that workshop, the focus on feedback in this series will bring in new material alongside a refresher on the concepts and practices of Navigating Conflict. Because this series will include a condensed introduction to nonviolent communication, Navigating Conflict is not a prerequisite. At the same time, we encourage you to consider joining us in September for Navigating Conflict to strengthen your understanding and experience with this conflict resilience paradigm and practice! 


This offering will be facilitated by Nicole Bauman with the support of GWI workers. 

Nicole Bauman is a midwest-based queer parent steeped in the sacred work of facilitation, transformative justice, somatics and Nonviolent Communication. They see building conflict resiliency as an essential part of living into the world to come, and are passionate about creating space where personal and collective liberation feel possible. As the descendant of white Western European peasant farmers who carried their trauma with them to the Americas, Nicole is committed to centering racial justice and ancestral healing in their work. Nicole’s background in farming, intentional community, yoga, doula work and natural building grounds their work in connection to the earth and the body. Nicole is a Certified Professional Healing-Centered Coach and a student of Somatics with the Strozzi Institute and in the lineage of generative somatics. Nicole finds rootedness in growing food, daily walks to the river, weaving willow baskets, and tending and being tended by community in the Rust Belt city of Elkhart, Indiana (occupied Potawatomi territory). You can learn more about Nicole’s work at


We plan to close registration around November 8th, and are reserving spots for people identifying as BIPOC through that date. Register early to save your spot!


Accessibility: Our registration form includes a question about accessibility needs. We are able to offer closed captioning for this online workshop.

Fee: This program is offered at a sliding scale. General guidance for selecting your fee can be found below. If it would be helpful to see how others think about sliding scale price points with more specifics, here’s a link to an external resource. Your registration fee covers online workshop facilitation and materials. Note: If you work with a nonprofit organization based in Kingston, NY, email Micah for information about deeper discounts available.  

Amount requested: $300 

If your participation is paid for by an organization with a regular professional development budget or if you are paying for this class on your own and your current level of expendable income is adequate, we encourage you to select this fee that supports us in covering the actual costs of offering this program. 

Sliding scale: $200 - $375

Tier one fee $200 If you are paying for this class on your own and doing so creates a sense of hardship because you currently experience limited access to a level of financial resources adequate to meet all your needs, we encourage you to select this discounted fee.

Tier two fee $250 If your participation is paid for by an organization with an irregular or limited budget for professional development or if you are paying for this class on your own and doing so creates a sense of trade-offs within your limited expendable income, we encourage you to select this discounted fee. 

Pay-it-forward fee $375 If your or your organization’s current access to financial resources is ample, we encourage you to select this pay-it-forward fee above the actual costs of offering this program to support discounts and scholarships that help make programs like this accessible to participants experiencing limited access to financial resources.

Scholarships: If the low end of the sliding scale is still out of reach, we have a limited number of scholarships available. Apply here or email if you would like to speak to someone first. 

Donations: We welcome donations to help provide discounts and scholarships for Good Work Institute programs. Email if you would like more information before considering a donation.

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