Facilitation can make or break a meeting or event, especially when navigating differing viewpoints, goals, or participants from diverse backgrounds. This past week in Portland, Oregon, individuals from over 10 different organizations and communities came together to consider how Participatory Action Research (PAR) provides a helpful framework to approach many of the facilitation challenges we face in our work and lives.
Some of the unique areas explored in these two trainings included:
- How to facilitate a multilingual session that minimizes the privileging of one language over another
- The importance of knowing when to step up and when to step back, both as participants and facilitators
- What it means when we say “facilitation is never neutral” and how we use and share our power as facilitators
- Ways to develop and share facilitation responsibilities within a group
- Considering the negotiation between consensus building and taking action
- Thinking about our needs for a circle of support as we engage in this work