This course is for community activists who wish to develop their skills in facilitating deliberative (eg citizen’s assembly type) events – for example to support the development of local climate emergency response plans.
Deliberative processes engage and support diverse groups to work together to make considered decisions and take action on complex issues.
Good facilitation enables groups to work cooperatively and effectively together and ensures the involvement of all participants in a meaningful way.
- what is unique about a Citizens Assembly? (Exploring the principles – the hardlines and the variables – between Citizens Assembly and other deliberative processes)
- when is Deliberative Engagement useful? How does it differ from traditional methods?
- understanding Deliberative Engagement – a process of learning, dialogue and deliberation (and what does that mean in practice?)
- setting the context for facilitating deliberative processes
- creating the conditions for dialogue and deliberation
- principles of facilitation
- key qualities of a good facilitator
- discursive resources
- active questioning and re-framing dealing with difficult behaviours some common facilitation techniques
- putting it into practice (opportunities to facilitate exercises with other members of the group)