Dialogue Circles Facilitator Training

NOTE: As of 1/19, this training is full. Send us an email if you’d like to know about future trainings!

Do you want to be a part of helping people who come from different backgrounds and have opposing beliefs have better conversations with each other?

The Center for Community Stewardship (C4CS) invites you to become a Dialogue Circle Facilitator. In this training, you’ll learn tools and techniques to serve as a facilitator for small groups having productive and respectful conversations about challenging topics like policing, politics, gun control, and other topics.

Then in the Spring or Fall, you’ll be invited to practice these skills by serving as a facilitator for a series of dialogues around these topics.

Facilitators who have completed the January training and two observation/ practice facilitation sessions will receive a small stipend each time they facilitate.

C4CS will be partnering with the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion out of Milwaukee, who will be leading this training. The Zeidler Center has ten years of experience helping communities and organizations have challenging conversations in the Milwaukee area and internationally. We are working with the Zeidler Center to plan Police/Resident listening circles somewhere in the Dane County area, modeled after Zeidler’s work successfully holding these types of dialogues in Milwaukee.

Thank you to Summit Credit Union and Community Shares for providing sponsorship to this event.

Seeking Facilitator Trainees

We are recruiting 20-30 community members who wish to be trained as facilitators. Training will take place on January 20th from 9am – 4pm at the Fitchburg Library (5330 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI), and will include lunch. You do not need to have any background in facilitation – you just need to be comfortable facilitating instead of participating in a conversation, taking notes, and redirecting participants when they depart from the group conversation agreements. We are particularly interested in having a diverse set of facilitators of varying ages, races, ethnicities, and professional backgrounds who are representative of our community. Facilitators who are interested in being an active facilitator in our Spring/Fall Police and Resident circles will be given priority. We ask for a contribution of $50 toward the cost of training, and are seeking sponsors to cover the remainder of the cost. We are offering several reduced price slots for people unable to pay this contribution.

If you would like to know more about the Zeidler Center’s training, you can click here. (Please don’t sign up on this page, but it will give some useful information about similar trainings they conduct in Milwaukee)

Interested in Being a Facilitator?

If you are interested, please complete the form below. We will be in touch with to confirm your interest and send you a payment link. If you have questions please contact ldugdale@community-stewardship.org or call 608-620-4266.

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