Next Introduction to Conscious Contracts®

If you are interested in taking a training or hosting one for your group, please email info@consciouscontracts.com.

Introductory trainings are offered a couple of times a year. 
The next one begins on November 10, 2021 at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. US Eastern and will be led by J. Kim Wright and Chuck Kanafi.  
Email info@consciouscontracts.com with questions. 
Payment by PayPal: https://py.pl/wPVck  

Conscious Contracts is a registered trademark for a process of contract formation. It is consistent with many of the best practices of modern contracts like plain language, design thinking, visuals, but has distinctive elements of its own:

  • The Touchstone helps create the true meeting of the minds among the parties and makes sure there is alignment of purpose and values.
  • The Addressing Change & Engaging Disagreement (ACED Clause) allows the parties to design a sustainable culture including how they will communicate, manage change, engage disagreements and maintain a more conscious culture.  

Used on every continent, this model helps to build trust and certainty in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world.  Practitioners are often trained in nonviolent communication, restorative justice, collaborative practice, mediation, and other skills that expand their toolkit and capacity to practice in a new paradigm approach. Most participants are lawyers but we have also trained coaches, consultants, mediators, and entrepreneurs.

Time Commitment

This is an experiential course. In addition to the two hours per week of class time, you will have homework. Each week, expect to spend an average of 1 to 2 hours on activities outside of class. You will be working with classmates who will be depending on you.

While it is possible to record calls, Zoom will not record the experiential segments of the course so please plan to attend in person.

Financial Commitment

The course costs US $495 which is payable through PayPal.   https://py.pl/wPVck  

Recommended Reading

Discovering Agreement: Contracts that Turn Conflict Into Creativity

CLE/CPD Credit

Our participants are from around the world and represent different professions as well as jurisdictions. It is not practical to apply for continuing education credits is so many different circumstances. However, many jurisdictions are self-reporting or will allow you to apply for credit from a course offered outside your local area. We are happy to provide you with outlines, materials, credentials, and agendas to help you get credit from your local accreditation board.

Session Overview

1.Reinventing Contracts: An Overview & Shift of Mindset  – November 10

In this session, we will introduce ourselves, look over the outline of sessions, and I will give an overview of the Conscious Contracts® process and how it fits into the changes happening in business and law. I’ll also introduce the Workbook that will guide us through the process.

2.The Touchstone: A Foundation of Values – November 17

This session introduces one of the cornerstones of the Conscious Contracts process: The Touchstone. We will see how the values provide a foundation for the contract, how they build relationships, and how they inoculate the parties for future conflicts. You will begin to build your own Touchstone and co-create a hypothetical contract, working with a team of classmates. 

3.Addressing Change & Engaging Disagreement  – November 24

In this other cornerstone, the Accord or Harmony Clause, we will custom-design a conversation structure for having hard conversations, making decisions, and returning grace to the relationship. We will explore our own reactions to conflict and how we will design an ACED that allows for our human responses.

4. Negotiating Terms from Values: Creating the Action Plan – December 1

We can’t use the old methods of arm-twisting and intimidation in negotiating the terms of the agreement, so what do we use? We’ll explore some more tools and techniques for co-creating terms that work for everyone.

5.Drafting  – December 8

Plain, relational language is a basic requirement for the drafting process which pulls together the pieces of what we’ve been working on. We’ll share some examples of clauses that will help you to visualize your own drafting process. In this segment, we will also share some design and visual contract elements. 

6. Putting together the pieces  – December 15

In this last segment, we will share our contracts with all of the components. I’ll answer questions and plan a path forward.

About the Instructors

Kim Wright began to explore innovative ways of drafting contracts as lawyer in the USA. In 2010, she met Linda Alvarez and the Conscious Contracts process was born. Kim [and Linda] have continued to collaborate and refine the process which Linda wrote about in her book, Discovering Agreement.  In the last decade, Kim has trained lawyers and entrepreneurs on six continents. Recently we created a certification process for the Conscious Contracts(R) model. This introductory course fulfills the first requirement of the certification process.

Chuck Kanafi brings a pragmatic peacemaking approach influenced by his impressive career in resolving and preventing conflict in government, business, tech, and international trade.  

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received more than 2 weeks before the class commences will be given a full refund.  After that, we will refund 50% or apply the funds to a future class. 

Sponsorship

This program is also presented by Cutting Edge Law Enterprises, Inc. A Florida social purpose organization.