The Deliberative Democracy Consortium

Mar 30th
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Skilled facilitation

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Good skilled facilitation and convening can mitigate some tensions.

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Sharing facilitation skills with participants
Increasingly I've become interested in how we share the skills of facilitation with participants (as happens in World Cafes). I don't think we can continue to rely on professional facilitators (who mostly do the work for nothing or near-to-nothing), ie for small group facilitation when convening a large-scale event. I think we can build facilitation skills training into our process design when designing large deliberative events.

The lead facilitator still needs to be skilful, of course, and I agree, this can certainly reduce tensions. It's a very important role--weighing task and group maintenance. The opposite is true as well, poor facilitation (too laissez faire or too directive or anxious) can heighten tension.
Lyn Carson , 24 Jul 2011 10:26 AM

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