Community Facilitation & Dialogues
Our Community Facilitation program offers advising, coaching, facilitation, and training in the areas of community visioning, community dialogue, and meeting facilitation processes. Through “Introduction to Facilitation” trainings and facilitation and meeting support, we aim to increase the capacity of community initiatives to hold meetings and community engagement forums that are welcoming to all, participatory, and well-planned and facilitated.
The Center for Community Stewardship (C4CS) is excited to announce that they are collaborating with the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion in Milwaukee to bring a process called Dialogue Circles to the Dane County area. The Zeidler Center has ten years of experience helping communities and organizations have challenging conversations, using a structured process that allows people to deeply listen and understand differing perspectives. We believe that this collaboration will help us expand the types of facilitation methods that we are able to offer to our community.
We are seeking community members who wish to be trained as circle facilitators – please click here to learn more and apply to be part of the January 20th Facilitator Training.
Building Participatory, Collaborative Meetings Workshop
Lisa Dugdale and Haywood Simmons offered a “Building Participatory, Collaborative Meetings” workshop twice in Fall 2017 at Community Shares’ Center for Change, and Madison Nonprofit Day. We are currently planning additional 1.5 hour workshops that will be open to the public, as well as private workshops for organizations. Email us for more information about bringing this workshop to your organization.
In 2017 we have provided assistance to a Memorial High School all-school read planning group, given facilitation support to United We Stand Community Forum, and provided facilitation and meeting coaching for Grey Panthers meetings.
If you have a project you’d like facilitation services for, please contact us, or donate to increase our ability to offer facilitation to all community initiatives who would benefit, regardless of ability to pay.