Coming Events

All of the events are open to citizens and community agencies seeking to regenerate citizenship and build abundant, sustainable communities. A light supper is provided for those who register at least one week prior to each event. Donations of at least $5 per event help cover expenses.

Signature Skill Workshop: Compassion Cultivation

Date: April 22, 2014
Hosted by: Translator, 415 East Monomonee Street, Milwaukee  (in the third ward)        
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

Recent research shows that cultivating compassion can have benefits such as improved health, well-being and relationships.  Scientists are finding that compassionate action can be increased through targeted exercises and practice too.  During this workshop, you will learn ways to boost feelings of caring for yourself and others as well as explore its many measurable benefits.


Kathy Larson is the organizer for Compassionate Milwaukee, a founding developer with the International Compassion Games committee, and a partner with the Charter for Compassion. As a professional certified coach, she helps individuals to develop self-compassion and management teams to create compassionate workspaces. Kathy has lived in New York, Colorado, Florida, Northern California, and Alaska. She is very proud to have two successful and well-travelled sons, to have stayed married for thirty-seven years, and to say she calls Milwaukee her home.



Signature Skill Workshop: Asset Mapping

Date: May 20, 2014
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

Community groups are mindful, appreciative and engaged with individuals, associations and institutions with time, talents and resources to share.  This workshop will feature two faith communities which identified such neighborhood assets for revitalizing their missions.  Participants will learn how to construct and administer an asset map as well as how to engage with their identified assets.

Signature Skill Workshop: Clearing Session

Date: June 17, 2014
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

When individuals discover a need for input on significant questions about their personal lives or professional work, they can convene a group of people to raise questions behind their question.  Participants will learn how to form, prepare and convene significant others for a Clearing Session based on Quaker Tradition.

Signature Skill Workshop: Playback Theatre

Date: July 15, 2014        
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

Signature Skill Workshop: Playback Theatre

In Playback Theatre, people speak about true life experiences which are then creatively re-enacted on the spot.  Participants will learn how Playback creates a space for generous listening and creative storytelling, and learn where it can be applied to community engagement and dialogue in community organizations and projects.

Citywide Network: Milwaukee's Economy and Employment

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

Community leaders of various civil society organizations will focus on strategies for building local economies to meet local needs.  Participants will have opportunities to talk with and learn about initiatives for access to jobs, financial literacy, financial policy regulations as well as affordable housing and transportation.

Signature Skill Workshop: Community Conversations Method

Date: October 14, 2014
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

How we have conversations matters just as much as what they are about.  But how can we have productive and meaningful conversations, especially when they are about hot-button issues?  During this workshop, you will learn the methodology of the national initiative entitled the Public Conversations Project and the ongoing work of the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion as a lens for how to have effective, productive conversations.  This workshop will also include a practical dimension where you have an opportunity to practice and participate in the dialogue itself.

Signature Skill Workshop: Reflection Practices

Date: November 11, 2014
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

This workshop will highlight the value and impact of contemplative and meditative practices as they relate to the work of community transformation.  Participants will learn several methods and disciplines of reflection and meditation, e.g., Buddhist and Vedic.

Celebration: Community Connectors Celebration

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

This citywide event will highlight the value and impact of civic society organizations working to transform Milwaukee communities in the areas of ecology, economics, enlightenment and equality.  Several community leaders will share their successes and lessons learned, and participants will engage in actively sharing their own examples of community connection, collaboration and transformation through story-telling, music and other artistic expressions.

For further information, contact Dr. Robert Pavlik, Focalizer, at
414-288-3886 or


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Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298