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We train people in the skills and states of mind they need to build:
- more participatory and democratic organisations and groups
- more powerful campaigns and change activities
This takes many forms. In recent months we’ve supported numerous groups with:
Consensus decision-making training
Consensus is often viewed as a highly participatory decision-making process. And when coupled with co-operative values, deep listening and empathy, it is. That’s why our consensus training emphasises the state of mind that underpins consensus and not just the technical process. We can also support you to explore consensus alternatives such as Crowd Wise and consensus-oriented decision-making.
Facilitation is a key group work skill. Our facilitation training explores facilitation as a role shared between all group members, and focuses on facilitation as an attitude and not just a set of tools and techniques.
Mediation and conflict resolution training
We draw on the traditions of community mediation and process oriented psychotherapy to work with you to increase your understanding of conflict, and leave you feeling more confident and competent at dealing effectively with it.
Nonviolent direct action training
For some nonviolent direct action is an effective tactic. For others it’s a ideological statement. Our nonviolent direct action training explores these debates as well as focusing on practical techniques, safety, support, comfort and communication. It’s as experience-based as we can make it to allow all participants to get a real sense of direct action and make their own decisions about their role and involvement.
Strategic campaign planning training
Understandably many social action groups and organisations want to work more strategically. As well as facilitating your strategy and visioning sessions, we offer training in the skill of strategic thinking and planning. We focus on meeting people where they are at. Not everyone is a natural strategist, so we can cover a variety of approaches to strategy to ensure you can plan in a way that works for your whole group.
We also work on team building, group dynamics, campaign communication, working with the media, public speaking and more.
Don’t be limited by this list. These are just examples, and we’re happy to talk to you about designing other training to meet your needs.