Designing Facilitated Processes that Work

Catherine Barnes

Do you ever think you need to go beyond basic meeting facilitation to design processes that will help groups to address challenging situations, deal with differences, and envision a better future?  To create processes that will help to transform conflicts and facilitate justice? This class is intended for people with some experience of facilitation who want to take their skills to the next level. We will:

  • Design processes that are appropriate for the context and will help the group achieve their goals, including focusing on the difference between designing one-off events and complex, multi-stage processes.
  • Understand theories and methods underpinning processes aimed at transformation and justice.
  • Explore how to engage key stakeholders, define the purpose, frame the focus, create a strong container, and select process methods for conflict-sensitive, dialogue-based  transformation.
  • Work with methods designed to promote understanding and build relationships through dialogue; methods designed to foster shared analysis and envision innovative solutions through deliberation; and methods for participatory decision-making.

Exercises throughout the week will enable participants – including those who enroll as teams – to begin to design a real world process for their context.

This course is being offered for training and for academic credit. The syllabus details the number of credits hours and associated course requirements.