Supporting a social mobilization effort to strengthen village development groups in Myanmar. Strategic Planning event for the Iraqi Legal Clinic Network Association Participatory Project Management Training Module in Zimbabwe Creating a participatory project planning meeting agenda with Afghan mobilizers. Program evaluation and strategic review, Haiti Newly trained facilitators work with 40 local NGO's to create a vision for the Iraq Access to Justice Project Scenario Planning in Iraq Partnering assessment for UNESCO Biosphere Reserves conservation program, Cat Bah Island, Vietnam Private sector and humanitarian agencies working  in partnership to promote mobile money innovations in London Women's group facilitators in Jalallabad, Afghanistan Participatory strategic planning results in a five year vision and  two year 'strategic directions' for this Phoenix company.

Six week training of ToP™ Facilitation Methods Trainers, Khujand, Tajikistan Facilitating strategic planning in Indonesia. Coaching mobilizers at a participatory project planning meeting in Afghanistan Innovation marketplace for program design in Palestine World Bank LAC Retreat Training of Trainers of Community Mobilizers A course in participatory event design for an internal co-hort of facilitators promoting more effective meeting culture agency wide. Program evaluation with humanitarian agency in Sri Lanka Community consultations with IDPs in Wasit, Iraq Designing Innovation Events

Holidays have always been our benchmarks of passing time, our opportunities to gather together and look back, take stock and reconnect.  Maybe now more than ever we are aware of the luxury that is sharing time and space and having the  attention of those we love.  The compression of these days, however, has been known […]

  I have been in Myanmar for about two weeks now working with Mercy Corps to review and update a community mobilization approach that is already underway in three districts around the country. The project is a community resiliency program aimed at engaging the communities in advancing agricultural and economic projects to address food insecurity.  […]

A video about the Mastering the Technology of Participation course I participated in many years ago as I was advancing my skills as a professional facilitator. The course takes place through four intensives of three days each quarterly, over the course of a year. It’s a great way to build a cohort of other professionals working to build their practice while still pursuing excellence in a common foundation of core ToP methods of group process. For anyone interested in professional development in this arena I would recommend checking this out.

Here’s a recently produced video describing one group of participant’s experience of the ToP Facilitation Methods course, the foundational course in the whole Technology of Participation curriculum. For anyone interested in learning about the course, for which I am a mentor trainer, it may be worth a glance.

Tried out a new opening to a recent training I delivered and like the way it turned out.  In the vast libraries of writing on facilitation skills available online and in good ol’ fashioned books, people come at the question from a whole host of different angles from the simple to the grand, the ‘state […]

Eight hours of training on how to use WordPress and I am finally able to make this post!