Transformative Dialogue:  Organizing and Facilitating a Co-Created Process 

June 18-19-20 

Start June 18th 10:00 (your welcome from 09:30)

End June 20th 17:00

See Agenda for details

This three-day, interactive Transformative Dialogue training teaches the skills needed to lead a Transformative Dialogue.  It covers the different ways an intervenor interacts with a group or community as s/he introduces the process, helps community members determine what needs to be discussed, whether they are ready to interact with those who disagree with them, how to shape those discussions, and how to respond to any externally imposed boundaries or mandates.  It teaches the core skills used in one-on-one interactions as well as how those skills are adapted when facilitating interactions with small, homogeneous groups and large, heterogeneous groups.  It includes an overview of the monitoring and evaluation process that can be used to document the relational changes among those who participate.

The training also grounds trainees in the premises and principles needed for this unique way of working with communities, organizations and groups.  It supports trainees in developing strategies that will allow them to be guided by a clear commitment to use their skills in service to participants’ needs – without defining those needs for the participants.  The training not only teaches specific skills but allows trainees to consider how to use these skills to enhance participant decision-making.  Exercises will draw from a range of situations, including one-time events and multi-session processes. Additionally, there will be time for trainees to apply what they learn to actual or potential conflicts in their home communities or organizations.

Topics covered include:

  • A Relational Understanding of Conflict
  • Staying Grounded in the Values & Premises of the Transformative Approach
  • Applying the Relational Model to Community Conflicts
  • Identity & the Premises of Community Conflict
  • Transformative Dialogue: the Basics
  • Guiding a Transformative Dialogue: an Intervenor’s Roles & Goals
  • Entering and Engaging with a Community or Organization
  • Key Skills for Having Transformative Conversations
  • Guiding & Following: Managing the Tension
  • The Purpose & Practice of Facilitating Groups
  • Maintaining Intention: Power & Culture
  • Facilitating Open Dialogue
  • Alternatives to Open Dialogue
  • Monitoring & Evaluation: Documenting Interpersonal and Community Change
  • Dealing with Donor Demands & Expectations
  • Dealing with Real Constraints & Challenges