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International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus

The International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus is a professional team of facilitators, trainers and consultants who specialize in participatory processes. We work with change-oriented groups in both the public and private sector, as well as with national and international networks. Headquartered in Mexico, IIFAC relies on a group of skilled colleagues around the world to provide customized services designed to meet our clients' training and facilitation needs. IIFAC's monthly electronic publication, Bonfire, is designed to inform and inspire facilitators. (continue)

Insight and Action: How to Discover and Support a Life of Integrity and Commitment to Change

This handbook will teach you how to facilitate both support groups and 'clearness groups' (sessions for assisting individuals to make wise decisions). The book also includes an excellent section on the art of 'Strategic Questioning.' (continue)

When the Client is the Problem

This is the handout from the workshop entitled "When the Client is the Problem" given by Susan Christy, PhD, CMC at the 2006 NCDD conference in San Francisco. It includes some great talking points to help you construct how to prepare your client during contracting, how to deliver feedback constructively (How to say, 'You're the problem.'), how to support his/her shifting emotions and understanding, and how to help the client accept responsibility, take action and repair damaged relationships. (continue)

Sample Ground Rules for D&D Processes

Facilitators of dialogic and deliberative processes often develop their own standard set of ground rules which they suggest groups adopt or modify to meet their needs. Here are some samples of ground rules from organizations which represent various streams of online and face-to-face D&D practice. Use this list to get new ideas for ground rules or to show a variety of sets of ground rules to facilitators you are training. (continue)

Let’s Talk America: Framing Questions and Starting Conversations

Let's Talk America (LTA), a project that encouraged conversations that bridge across political difference, provided a resource to help conversation hosts frame questions in a way that is not polarizing. LTA recommended starting with a question that invites a personal story from people, in order to create a context in which they feel invited to speak. They suggested the question "What about the invitation to this conversation moved and inspired you? What led you to come?" Here are some other ideas... (continue)

Institute of Cultural Affairs

The Institute of Cultural Affairs is one of the oldest and largest providers of training in facilitation. Their techniques are known collectively as the Technology of Participation, and they offer an extensive series of courses in the various techniques. (continue)

Photo Voice

Photovoice is a process of collecting information and expressing issues and concerns through photos. Photovoice is highly flexible and can be adapted to specific participatory goals (such as needs assessment, asset mapping, and evaluation), different groups and communities, and distinct policy and community issues. (continue)

Let’s Talk America Wallet Card

This "mini-manual" gives an introduction to the 2004 dialogue project "Let's Talk America," as well as the process and agreements used. It's a great model of a simple, tiny handout that explains a dialogue process in a friendly, accessible way. (continue)

Opening Doors: A Facilitator's Handbook

Opening Doors provides practical methods developed over many years of experience for bringing consensus to business group discussions, cutting to the essence of an issue, and dealing with a multitude of communication problems. The author presents effective techniques for facilitation from the beginning of preparation through the creation of the meeting environment, to the actual carrying out of meetings in the modern business world. (continue)

For Convenors and Moderators: Organizing for Public Deliberation and Moderating a Forum/Study Circle

This 24-page guide for moderators and convenors of National Issues Forums-style deliberation includes sections on how to get started, organizing a forum, moderating, reporting, posters, materials and more. (continue)

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