Civic Engagement Facilitator Training: Moving from Dialogue to Collaborative Action

September 6, 2017

Application Deadlines:

  • Cleveland, OH: Friday, September 29, 2017 (Application date has passed - no longer accepting applications.)
  • Akron, OH: Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Dayton, OH: Friday, October 20, 2017

Workshops in Ohio:

  • Cleveland (Case Western Reserve University, Community Innovation Network)
  • Akron (Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron)
  • Dayton (Sinclair Community College)

Join Essential Partners, Welcoming America, Conflict Education Consultants and League of Women Voters of Akron Area and Hudson, for a unique opportunity to be on the forefront of a new statewide initative 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.

How is this different than other initiatives in my community?

Join us 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.  While there are many dialogue programs or opportunities to engage in one off dialogues in Ohio and the U.S., there are few opportunities and models for moving from dialogue to action plan development with key stakeholders and the implementation of that plan.   This facilitation training will prepare participants with the skills to enhance understanding between and among people who might be impacted by the plans that are developed collaboratively.  Attendees will prepare action plans for implementation of their dialogues and will be provided with technical assistance throughout the year as they move from stakeholder selection and issue identification, to the series of dialogues on that topic, to action plan development, to implementation of that plan over the course of the year with their team of facilitators (2 or more).

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
  • Bullying

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
  • State Government and Leadership from State-wide Organizations
  • League of Women Voters Members
  • Community Leaders Associated with Formal and Grassroots Organizations
  • College and University Leadership (may include faculty, staff, administrators, students)
  • Individual School and School District Leadership
  • Faith-based Leadership

Instructions  

1.  Complete the application on-line at https://goo.gl/forms/kI2mQUNDCYaKuZKZ2
2.  Have questions after reviewing the form?  Please contact Jennifer Batton, Conflict Education Consultants, at 216-952-5609 or by email at 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

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 12 - 13, Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Saturday & Sunday November 11-12, Location: Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • Wednesday & Thursday - Nov 8-9, Location: Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio

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

  • Tuesday & Wednesday - Jan 16-17, Location: Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
  • Thursday & Friday January 25 – 26, Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Friday & Saturday - Feb. 16 - 17, Location: Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

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

  • Wednesday & Thursday - March 7-8, Location: Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
  • Thursday & Friday March 22 - 23, Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Friday & Saturday - April 6 - 7 , Location: Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, Akron, 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

Application Deadline Reminders

  • Cleveland, OH: Friday, September 29, 2017 (Application date has passed - no longer accepting applications.)

  • ​Akron, OH: Friday, November 3, 2017

  • Dayton, OH: Friday, October 20, 2017

 

Questions?

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

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