Introduction to Lewis Deep Democracy

with Myrna Lewis, Deep Democracy in partnership with Collaboration for Impact

In collaboration, ensuring that all voices are heard inevitably means there will be diversity, tension and conflict. Lewis Deep Democracy is a powerful yet easy-to-learn methodology used globally in organisations and collaborations. This methodology gives you unique tools to safely enable people to lean in and resolve tension in a manner that ensures personal and transformational growth.

Embedded throughout CFI’s collaborative processes, the principles and practice of Lewis Deep Democracy provide confidence and skills to know how to work with challenging dynamics in collaborations.

The course, led by Myrna Lewis the Founder of the methodology, will help you develop further insights into yourself, your colleagues, the communities you serve and broader world issues. You will feel better equipped to deal with the resistance when it arises; provide you with methods, tools and processes to make collaboration more inclusive. You will be equipped with unique skills and techniques to work productively with tension and conflict when it arises.

Who is it for?

Senior/Middle managers in organisations and collaborations e.g. Collaboration backbones, community, government and organisational leaders, facilitators, convenors, consultants, and practitioners in collaboration and systems change.

Throughout the workshop series participants will:

  • Skills and tools to create inclusive collaborations, whilst understanding and working with resistance
  • Increased capacity to recognise, diagnose and understand resistance to change.
  • Skills and methods for navigating tension and addressing unresolved conflict to make effective decisions.
  • Increased awareness and understanding of Metaskills – your unconscious motivations, principles or rules and ability to recognise and manage triggers when working with diversity and conflict, to enable you to work with neutrality and not get ‘hooked’ by the group process.
  • Greater foundational theory & skills of Lewis Deep Democracy.


This online workshop series will comprise of 3 x full-day (6hr) sessions and self-directed learning. To manage Zoom fatigue, each day will have a 2-hour break between 12 and 2 pm.

9:30am – 12.00pm & 2.00 – 4.30pm AEDT on

Tuesday 8 November 2022
Thursday 10 November 2022
Tuesday 15 November 2022

Participants will be required to set aside approximately 2 hours for pre-work and between sessions for self-directed learning.


Each day will have a combination of theory and practice with reflection time to apply daily learnings to your own collaboration and the challenges you face.  You will work in both large and small learning cohorts.

Each live session will have a key focus. They are as follows:

Day 1: Leadership and facilitation tools to lessen resistance and gain buy-in.
Day 2: Working with group dynamics, role fluidity and role rigidity in relation to tension and conflict.
Day 3: Development of Meta skills – linked to practice, role theory and self-awareness.

Accessibility and technology

Participants will be given access to the Lewis Deep Democracy online Learning Management System, where workshop materials and resources will be made available.

Participants will be required to download Zoom and Chrome in order to be able to participate. Internet access is required to participate.

We recommend participants use a desktop whilst participating (rather than a mobile phone). We also encourage all participants to use their video throughout the course.


Price per person (+ GST):

Standard $ 900
Not-for-profit $ 810
Group discount (bookings of 3+) $ 720

A 10% discount is available when you purchase 3 or more events (as one purchase) in CFI’s Systems Change Learning Program 2021-22. Get in touch for package offers, large group discounts and tailored sessions for your organisation.

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Myrna Lewis - CEO, Deep Democracy

Myrna Lewis, a recipient of a Distinguished Talent Visa to Australia in 2017, is a leading thinker and practitioner in the field of transformation and systems change. She skillfully helps leaders, teams, organisations, and individuals uncover their potential and make effective decisions.

Myrna co-founded Lewis Deep Democracy together with her late husband, Greg Lewis. It was born out of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy in 1993 and has subsequently spread to over 30 countries. Today she is the CEO and Head of Professional Services of Deep Democracy Pty Ltd. She is responsible for quality control, innovation and development of Lewis Deep Democracy.

Alongside this role, Myrna consults to organisations providing leadership and organisational development and facilitating strategic change. Her strength lies in understanding complex organisational dynamics and the more profound individual and systemic issues influencing individual and group behaviour. She has an MA in Clinical Psychology and continues her private practice.

Myrna is the recipient of a 2001 Ashoka Fellowship award from the Washington DC-based Ashoka Foundation, which supported her empowerment work with South African teachers and HIV/Aids counsellors. In 2006, the United Nations recognised Deep Democracy as one of eighty leading African innovations. In 2008 Myrna was a Finalist in the South African Business Women of the Year award and author of Inside the NO published in 2008.

Myrna was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the mother of two and grandmother of four and lives in Sydney, Australia.

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