Creative Approaches to Facilitation Challenges
It is exciting and inspiring to work with organizations that share our priority of truly participatory and community-led projects. PARCEO just had the chance to do this with Portland-based Growing Gardens. We facilitated our second facilitation session as Growing Gardens develop inclusive and multilingual facilitation skills that center participant interests and voices. This is especially important now, as they plan and conduct focus groups to understand how to make the garden an entry point into the school for parents.
Our facilitation training builds inclusive facilitation skills that support community involvement and leadership. During our session we explored tools for building collective expectations and decision making process that foster inclusion and shared-leadership. To keep a lively spirit on the raining afternoon, we role-played various facilitation challenges and identified ways to work through many of the tough moments that arise–like insensitive comments or conflicting group needs.