Spring 2023 SD Moderator Skill Series (Thursdays in Feb.- May)

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Spring 2023 SD Moderator Skill Series (Thursdays in Feb.- May)

Join our 10 session series to build skills for facilitating dialogue, held virtually on Thursdays from February 23 to May 18

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Are you looking for skills to facilitate a structured dialogue to action process for your community, workplace, or school? Are you looking for skills to build coalitions to tackle complex problems affecting your community? If so, this Sustained Dialogue Institute open workshop series is for you!

This 10 session series, facilitated by Sustained Dialogue Institute staff trainers, will meet virtually on Thursdays from 3:00pm-4:30pm Eastern US time from February 23, 2023 to May 18, 2023 (while skipping March 23, April 6, and April 13). Punctual attendance at each session is mandatory to complete the skills series. Space is limited to 40 participants, so please sign up only if you can make the session each time.

Thursday, February 23 - Workshop 1: What is Dialogue?

Thursday, March 2 - Workshop 2: Turning Strangers Into Coalitions: Relational Lens for Facilitation

Thursday, March 9 - Workshop 3: How to do Stage 1 (how to recruit people and build space for dialogue)

Thursday, March 16 - Workshop 4: Active Listening Pyramid of Success

Thursday, March 30 - Workshop 5: Exploring Social Identity for Facilitators

Thursday, April 20 - Workshop 6: Asking Strong Questions in Sustained Dialogue® Facilitation

Thursday, April 27 - Workshop 7: How to Lead a Root Cause Analysis

Thursday, May 4 - Workshop 8: Intent vs. Impact - Expecting Key Mismatches

Thursday, May 11 - Workshop 9: Dealing with Power in the Room: Equitable Facilitation

Thursday, May 18 - Workshop 10: How to do Stage 4's action planning

Not able to join this time but want to be notified about later offerings? Join the waitlist for this 10-session skill series: Sustained Dialogue Institute Open Enrollment Workshop Waitlist Sign up Form

Organizing a group from your school, workplace, or institution? We highly recommend sending them this link and having them register directly, or by asking them to join the waitlist linked above. This series often sells out and organizing a group can be a slower process than this registration process allows.

Why should you learn how to facilitate the Sustained Dialogue® process?

Join this 10-session workshop series about Sustained Dialogue® (SD), a dialogue process that helps diverse groups build relationships and move from talk to action on issues affecting their communities.

Many in the U.S. recognize the need to bridge divides and to build relationships across differences to tackle complex problems like coastal flooding. Yet, addressing these problems can often feel overwhelming. Sustained Dialogue® is a process that can be applied to solve community problems in a less overwhelming way. The Sustained Dialogue® process can help diverse groups find shared interests and identify achievable group actions to address challenges. Through dialogue, participants collectively develop effective solutions more quickly than any would on their own.

During this workshop with the Sustained Dialogue Institute, workshop participants will learn:

  • skills for being in dialogue with others
  • how to create conditions for dialogue
  • how to apply these skills to building relationships and addressing complex problems within their communities

If you complete all 10 sessions of the series, you will be trained to co-facilitate a dialogue group for your workplace, community, or campus using the Sustained Dialogue Institute materials provided by the Sustained Dialogue Institute.

The Sustained Dialogue Moderator Skill Series will :

  • NOT train you in how to train others to facilitate dialogue or to replicate the training experience that you received from the Sustained Dialogue Institute through this course. This means that you may NOT use any of the activities, content, or materials from the Sustained Dialogue Institute workshop series to train other people in how to facilitate dialogue.
  • You also may NOT distribute, reproduce, share, or upload any content from the Sustained Dialogue Institute (including Sustained Dialogue Institute Sustained Moderator Skill Series handouts) without first receiving explicit written permission from the Sustained Dialogue Institute staff to do so.

This workshop series is for people who are interested in learning by “doing” and who are willing to participate in large and small group activities that may involve:

  • sharing about their own identities openly
  • listening deeply to others
  • working collaboratively with others to develop solutions to community problems

Do you tend to struggle to not be confrontational in group settings? please consider requesting alternate ways to learn the Sustained Dialogue® process as this workshop requires that participants be interested in building relationships with others regardless of their backgrounds.

In order to participate in the Sustained Dialogue Moderator Skill Series you must commit to the terms and conditions for accessing Sustained Dialogue Institute Materials as outlined below:

Terms and Conditions for Accessing Sustained Dialogue Institute Materials

The Sustained Dialogue Institute’s materials, including the Sustained Dialogue Moderator Skill Series workshop handouts shared in connection with this workshop, are protected by U.S. copyright law. The Sustained Dialogue Institute is the exclusive owner of the copyright in the materials that the Sustained Dialogue Institute creates. You may take notes and make copies of Sustained Dialogue Moderator Skill Series materials for your own use. You may not reproduce, distribute or display (post/upload) session notes or recordings or Sustained Dialogue Moderator Skill Series workshop materials in any other way — whether or not a fee is charged — without express written consent from the Sustained Dialogue Institute. You also may not allow others to do so. Unauthorized use, disclosure, distribution or copying of any information contained in this message or accompanying materials is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful.

Looking forward to seeing you!