D&D Training Opportunities

If you know of additional organizations or programs that regularly provide training in D&D organizing or facilitating, please use our Ideas & Suggestions Form to let us know.

Center for the Study of Work Teams

Roger Schwartz, the author of "The Skilled Facilitator" offers a values-based approach to facilitation that focuses on creating highly effective groups and organizations.

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Jim Rough facilitating a session of the Rogue Valley (Oregon) Wisdom Council.

The Center for Wise Democratic Processes

The Center assists communities in creating Wisdom Councils - randomly-selected, facilitated "juries" reflecting the larger diversity of the community - which engage in dialogue about the larger system and arrive at creative consensus on shared visions. These visions in turn serve to increase the quality of the dialogue among the larger community. ?Dynamic facilitation? is used to facilitate Wisdom Councils, and the Center provides trainings in dynamic facilitation regularly.

Conversation Caf?

Vicki Robin, a pioneer in the voluntary simplicity movement, came up with the idea of using the "conversation caf?" model in attempts to take her ideas of simpler living to a higher level. Her organization has more than 60 trained caf? hosts and has spread internationally after a tremendous start in Seattle.

Community At Work

The authors of "Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making" offer a variety of courses on group facilitation skills, effective teams and consulting skills.

Connor Development Services, Ltd.

Desmond Connor, Ph.D. offers an Internet Tutorial on Public Participation. This one-on-one tutorial, which takes 2-4 weeks, provides you with a systematic approach to preventing and resolving public controversy by applying the concept of ?Constructive Citizen Participation.? Participants receive a copy of Connor's Public Participation Manual and review a 25-minute instructional video.

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Dialogue Introduction: AoTT (The Art of Thinking Together) is a two and one-half-day, integrated introduction to multiple levels of dialogue, group structures and individual effectiveness. Advanced Capacity Building: LCI (Leadership for Collective Intelligence) is an 18-day, 10-month program equipping leaders to design, initiate and facilitate large systems change. Coached by DIA-logos faculty, participants undertake actual change projects in their organizations.

Full Circle Associates

The consulting practice of Nancy White and a network of independent professionals, Full Circle Associates provides strategic communication, online community development, facilitation, marketing, and project management services for the community, non-profit and business sectors. Full Circle provides training in online facilitation and distance collaboration.

Group Process Consulting

Dialogue seminars that emphasize truth-telling, truth-listening, and using conflict as a resource for creative thinking. With Annette Simmons, author of "A Safe Place for Dangerous Truths: Using Dialogue to Overcome Fear & Distrust at Work."

The Grove Consultants International

The Grove Consultants International has been offering workshops and training systems for over twenty years, focusing on the use of graphical language to enrich communication, capture the input of many stakeholders, and convey whole-system perspectives. They offer public workshops in Principles of Graphic Facilitation and Strategic Visioning, which provide participants with the skills to create a more collaborative culture within their organization or community. Group Graphics and Facilitating Team Performance workshops are available as In-House Workshops at your company or organization's site.

Hansard Society

The London-based Hansard Society, which promotes effective parliamentary democracy, offers a 5-week online training course for 'E-Democracy Coordinators.' E-Democracy Coordinators are trained to facilitate online discussions involving the public and decisionmakers.

Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation

Trainings to help you improve your skills and understanding of transformative conflict theory and practice. Includes work with materials and videos prepared exclusively for the Institute.

The Institute of Cultural Affairs

The Institute for Cultural Affairs is one of the oldest and largest providers of training in facilitation. Their techniques are known collectively as the Technology of Participation, and they offer an extensive series of courses in the various techniques.

The Intentional Living Institute, Inc.

The ILI offers training in the art and skills of Intentional Heart Centered facilitation of dialogue and negotiation. Through the intensive weekend experiences that the ILI offers, participants develop a theoretical and experiential knowledge of facilitating dialogues using the Intentional Creative Dialogue model [Integra], which is inspired by the approach of Gandhi as well as Carl Jung. The ILI training is also a rich personal development experience that allows people to achieve major shifts in their approach to life and work.

Interaction Associates

Interaction Associates is a global provider of collaborative change consulting and workplace learning solutions. Their public workshops are designed to bring vital skills and new ways of working to individuals who want to grow professionally and provide extraordinary contributions to their companies. They provide courses in facilitation (Essential Facilitation and Facilitation for Advanced Practitioners), Change Management (Facilitating Change), Training Excellence, Leadership and Coaching.

The International Association for Public Participation
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IAP2 regularly offers four training modules: Foundations of Public Participation, Designing Effective Public Participation Programs, Effective Communications for Public Participation, and Tools & Techniques for Public Participation.

International Institute for Restorative Practices

Two IIRP programs, RealJustice and SaferSanerSchools, offer trainings in restorative justice. RealJustice offers trainings for bringing the restorative justice model to the police and legal systems in our communities, including how to facilitate restorative conferences. And SaferSanerSchools offers trainings on bringing the restorative justice model into schools, including how to facilitate restorative circles with young people.

Jim Rough & Associates, Inc.

Transformational workshops on facilitating Dynamic Facilitation - generative dialogue for creative and practical problem-solving, applicable to both technical and social issues.

Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

The Wosk Centre offers a one-day, customized dialogue capacity-building workshop that introduces groups to the study and practice of dialogue within various contexts - organizational change, workplace conflict, difficult conversations, as a preamble to decision-making, and healing rifts between individuals. Custom workshops for off-site groups can be created for groups of 20 or more. Call 604-268-7925 or email for more details.

National Issues Forum
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Public Policy Institutes (PPIs) provide workshops on convening and moderating National Issues Forums (NIF). Some PPIs also offer instruction in the fundamentals of framing issues for deliberation. PPI participants observe and participate in community forums and study circles, practice moderating forums and study circles, and discuss how to organize NIF programs in their communities.

National MultiCultural Institute

NMCI is a national training and development organization which holds diversity conferences, conducts trainings, develops educational resource materials and initiates special projects of interest to the field. Organizations and communities which contact NMCI can request many types of diversity trainings, including interracial dialogue.

Open Futures

Since 1997, Open Futures has facilitated 63 large group events involving 4,176 participants or an average of 66 people per event. Open Futures specializes in six large-group, whole system processes: Open Space, Future Search, Giant Mind Maps, Vision Search, Strategy Search and the Perth Process. In 2003, they published The Large Group Facilitator's Manual and, using the Manual as a professional platform, Open Futures offers open training workshops or customized workshops in understanding, planning and running large group events involving from 20 to 500 people.

A picture of some PCP staff.

Tom Atlee (the one with the beard) poses with PCP staffers Laura Chasin, Kathy Regan and Talya Bosch after a great visit (photo by NCDD's Sandy Heierbacher).

Public Conversations Project

The Public Conversations Project offers workshops to help participants experience and understand the values, principles and premises that guide their work and practices. These workshops invite practitioners to develop a "reflective dialogic mindset" in which alignment is sought between belief, intention and action. Two of PCP's popular workshops are The Power of Dialogue and Inquiry as Intervention.

RMIT University

RMIT University in Australia offers an 8-week online course in e-moderation and online learning for educators, teachers and trainers. Use the link or email [email protected].

Socratic Seminars

The introductory workshop includes participation in a Socratic Seminar as well as a critique and a discussion of the implications for schooling. In the Leadership Training workshop, participants learn how to use Socratic questioning techniques and dialogue with students.

Study Circles Resource Center
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The Study Circles Resource Center offers Orientation Workshops, designed to give a general overview of the community-wide study circle process and help explore whether study circles are right for your community. They also offer Organizing Clinics, designed to assist those who want to implement Study Circles in their community.

Wise Circle

High-quality trainings on facilitating online interaction, hosting and moderating live chat environments, hosting and moderating on-line communities and effective global teamwork. These interactive trainings are hands-on, in-depth, personalized and fun.


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