Facilitating for Change: Building Skills and Possibility in a New Era
June 24-27, 2019
3 day workshop
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. We believe these times require challenging our assumptions, creating space for new awareness, and bridging polarities. Our process of civic dialogue seeks insight and empathy in divided places through actively understanding difference and fostering dialogue on matters of consequence to our lives.
Whether you are a change-maker advocating for an issue, an elected official seeking durable public policy, or anyone trying to advance an idea this workshop will help you to lead difficult conversations that can transform situations. This workshop offers opportunities to gain personal awareness and enhance practical facilitation skills. Participants will explore how to create safer, more welcoming environments for people to have brave and honest conversations about issues that often separate us. We will explore how our identities play a role in facilitation and how they affect group dynamics.
Knoll Farm will be used as a beautiful setting in which to learn as well as a tool for understanding the role of place in facilitation.
Please join two veteran cross-cultural facilitators, Peter Forbes and Deb Bicknell, for a skill-building professional development workshop on process facilitation techniques that seek dialogue, awareness and new possibility among groups and communities. Inquiry on all levels and all peoples welcome.
Deb Bicknell is a seasoned international educator, curriculum designer and facilitator. She works in organizations and communities near and far, focusing on leadership development, cross-cultural communication and engagement, critical thinking and creativity, conflict transformation and youth empowerment. She believes deeply in the power, creativity and resourcefulness of people and communities and is a global citizen, who hangs her hat in (and is from) the great state of Maine.
Peter Forbes is a northern New Englander with more than 20 years of experience as a process facilitator for dozens of communities 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 experience as a writer, photographer, father and farmer.
Full workshop cost:
Room & meals (2 nights): $250.00
Tuition: sliding scale from $300-$600
Facilitating For Change Workshop: June 24-27, 2019
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