Facilitating Deliberative Processes

Saturday/Sunday, 1st/2nd February 2020, Edinburgh

Please note that this course is now fully booked. Please get in touch if you would be interested in future training.

A two-day, hands-on training course organised by Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and delivered in conjunction with Kaela Scott from Involve. 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.

Thanks to funding from Awards for All we are able to offer this course at a subsidised rate. Recognising that some participants will be unpaid community volunteers whilst others will be staff from funded organisations, we ask you to select the most appropriate fee depending on your circumstances. For those attending from outside the Central Belt we may also be able to support your travel and accommodation expenses.

Places will be strictly limited. Book your place here now: booking form 

Course outline:

  • 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)

The course is likely to run from 9.30am-5pm on Saturday 1st Feb and 10.30am-5pm on Sunday 2nd Feb. in central Edinburgh.