Civic Engagement Facilitator Training: Moving from Dialogue to Collaborative Action

September 6, 2017

Application Deadline September 21

Workshops in Ohio:

  • Cleveland (Case Western Reserve University, Community Innovation Network)

  • Columbus (The Ohio State University)

  • Dayton (Sinclair Community College)

Join Essential Partners, Welcoming America, Conflict Education Consultants, and League of Women Voters of the Akron Area and Hudson, for a unique opportunity to be on the forefront of a new statewide initiative to build capacity for local leaders in dialogue, conflict management and collaborative problem solving to help bridge local political divides, strengthen relationships and take concrete community action to address local issues.

The need

In this increasingly polarized time when it seems like nothing can be accomplished without shouting matches, it is possible to hold on to our deeply held values and work together respectfully even when we disagree. This series of trainings and technical assistance for implementing action plans on community issues, provide communities and local leaders with a set of skills and tools for communication and problem solving that promote listening, relationship building and collaboration across differences in ideologies and identities.

 

Examples of types of issues

The following are a list of examples of types of issues that your community may decide to work on.  They include, but are not limited to:

  • Water quality
  • Environmental issues
  • Gun safety
  • Community violence issues
  • Immigration
  • Land usage
  • Health care

 

Who should apply

This highly competitive opportunity is for community members who are representative of the diversity, of varied ideologies and identities, in the community and who have the ability/platform to convene regular groups around topics of concern in their community including but not limited to:

  • City and Local Government Officials
  • League of Women Voters Members
  • Community Leaders Associated with Formal and Grassroots Organizations Grassroots
  • College and University Leadership (may include faculty, staff, administrators, students)

 

Instructions  

1.  Please download this PDF for an overview of training locations, dates, team requirements, costs, and other details before submitting an application.

2.  Have questions after reviewing the document?  Please contact Jennifer Batton, Conflict Education Consultants, at 216-952-5609 or by email at conflicteducationconsultants@gmail.com

3.  Complete an application either on-line or by submitting the word document to conflicteducationconsultants@gmail.com

 

Project Manager

Kathy Eckles, Practitioner and Project Manager. Kathy is a skilled facilitator, trainer, business person and therapist. She has built an effective ongoing community dialogue program that uses Essential Partners' approach and knows what it takes to build and sustain community dialogue projects.

www.kathyeckles.com

 

Trainers (Please check back the week of September 11th for the trainer bios)

 

​Schedule of events

 

1) First Training (Must select one set of dates) - Conflict Management for Collaborative Decision Making (2 days/16 hours)

  • Thursday, Friday October 6-7, Location: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Thursday, Friday October 12 - 13, Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Saturday/Sunday October 28 – 29, Location: Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio

2) Second Training (Must select one set of dates) - Facilitated Dialogue (2 days/16 hours)

  • Friday/Saturday January 12-13, Location: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Thursday/Friday January 25 – 26, Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Friday/Saturday February 16-17, Location: Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio

3) Third Training (Must select one set of dates) - Achieving Collaborative Action (2 days/16 hours)

  • Thursday/Friday March 15-16, Location: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Friday/Saturday March 22 - 23, Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Saturday/Sunday April 7-8, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio

 

Skills gained from participation in this project

  • Recognizing signs of polarization and dynamics of conflict
  • Ability to take different perspectives
  • Active listening
  • Appreciating diversity and understanding different experiences
  • Community mapping and participatory planning and preparation
  • Using structure, reflection and agreements in meeting design to achieve established purposes
  • Collaborative Decision Making
  • Operationalizing action plans

Fees

These fees will be collected if your application and team is accepted, and will need to be paid in full before the training begins.

  • $60 per person for team members from host organizations, Sinclair Community College, Case Western Reserve University, League of Women Voters Akron Area, League of Women Voters Hudson, for the 6 days of facilitator training, project planning, and technical assistance
  • $210 per person for team members that are from non-profits/community organizations and college/university student team members for the 6 days of facilitator training, project planning, and technical assistance
  • $310 per person for team members that are city/local/state government officials and college/university faculty/staff/administrators for the 6 days of facilitator training, project planning, and technical assistance


Reminder: Application Deadline is September 21, 2017

 

Questions?

Please contact Jennifer Batton, Conflict Education Consultants, at 216-952-5609 or by email at conflicteducationconsultants@gmail.com