Facilitating for Change: Building Skills and Possibility in a New Era

 Facilitating For Change Agenda

 June 24-26, 2019

3 day workshop, 10:30AM Mon-3PM Wed

Sliding scale tuition

Politicians say it’s getting harder and harder to talk with one another; sociologists say our nation is going through “the big sort” that divides us by race, class, and ideology. There are many ways to engage – one of them is reconsidering how we listen and respond to different world views.

Now more than ever, people who can sustain spaces for dialogue on important topics are doing the critical bridge-building work in our culture. If you are new to this work, or if  you are already doing this work and aspire to do more of it, this is the opportunity to join peers and seasoned leaders to push yourself to understand your personal motivations, explore the role of identity and difference, and be in a safe setting where you can try new approaches.  Our goal is to help you be more effective at facilitating difficult scenarios so that people can work more effectively together.

These times require challenging assumptions, standing in the heat of disagreement, creating space for new awareness, and bridging polarities. Our process of building civic dialogue rests on making visible and exploring differences as the foundation for real dialogue on matters of consequence to our lives. This training is built around core themes which we will explore and will and will offer context for related skill-building activities. These themes relate to facilitation as a concept and also as a set of tools.

The themes are:

  1. Preparing yourself and understanding the context.
  2. Making visible that which is often invisible.
  3. Invoking the pause.
  4. Exploring you in the mix
  5. Changing the conditions, creating a new environment

Whether you are a change-maker advocating for an issue, an elected official seeking durable public policy, a committed citizen volunteering in a group or community format – anyone trying to find ways to connect across difference, this workshop will help you to lead difficult conversations that can transform situations. Participants will explore how to create safer, more welcoming environments for people to have brave and honest conversations.

Please join veteran cross-cultural facilitator, Peter Forbes, for a skill-building professional development workshop on process facilitation techniques that seek dialogue, awareness and new possibility among groups and communities. 

Peter Forbes has more than 20 years of experience facilitating difficult conversations that matter for dozens of communities, organizations and coalitions from Alaska to Maine. He also has many years of experience in organizational development, having founded and led 3 social profit organizations. Peter draws on other life experiences as a published author, professional photographer, and farmer.

Inquiry on all levels and all peoples welcome.


Arrive between 10:30 – 12:00 on Monday, June 24 to settle in before lunch
Depart by 3 PM on Wednesday, June 26


Full workshop cost:

Room & meals (2 nights): $250.00
Tuition: sliding scale from $300-$600

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