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


The Technology of Participation®

As a Mentor Level Trainer in the Technology of Participation® Facilitation Methods, Alisa teaches public courses, and custom designs in-house trainings.  For information on public courses please visit the Partners in Participation site.

What is the Technology of Participation? In the unique “Technology of Participation®” process, participants acquire practical skills for facilitation that focus on group participation and collaborative decision-making. Courses emphasize focusing the collective wisdom of the group to address workplace and community challenges. The methods produce authentic solutions that can lead to considerable results and significant change. ToP methods can be used as the foundation for a professional practice in  facilitation, consulting and community development.

The Technology of Participation methods are:

  •  A structured approach that spark individual creativity and recognize and honor all contributions
  • A way for teams to deal with large amounts of data in a short period of time
  • A methodology that pools participant’s contributions into larger and information rich patterns
  • Tools and processes that enable teams to foster an emphasis on common ground and to deal effectively with diversity and avoid conflict and polarization
  • A process that builds commitment by assuring effective action

A video about the ToP Facilitation Methods foundational course in the curriculum is available here: [vimeo 34103634]

(ToP® is the registered trademark of the Institute of Cultural Affairs)

Trainings for Humanitarian Aid Agencies.

With more than a decade of experience working in the Humanitarian sector primarily in South, SE and Central Asia, Alisa is also equipped to tailor and deliver training curriculums advancing the skills for quality community and civil society development programming.  Trainings she has delivered include:

  • Community Mobilization
  • Negotiation and Communication
  • Participatory Planning
  • Peacebuilding Program Design
  • Community Government Linkage Cards
  • Performance Management
  • Time Management
  • Feedback and Coaching
  • Training of Trainers and Adult Learning

Every training event is crafted to address the unique training needs of the agency, leadership, program and staff that are taking part in the event.  Delivering a training usually involves a training needs assessment, the negotiation of content and activities with the training convener, detailed agenda design, the packaging of professional training materials and the ongoing coaching and support of the learning cohort.  It is not uncommon to craft the delivery of curriculum content using a Train-the-Trainer model to better embed a skill set throughout an agency or large program geography.  Alisa is also regularly involved in multi-lingual training events and is skilled in the design of training through translation.  She would describe her approach as highly interactive, with a heavy reliance on adult learning principles of multi-modal learning, grounding in the existing knowledge and context of the participant pool, and relying on regular application exercises and practice sessions to embed the frameworks and behaviors conveyed.  Trainings often rely on the use of an explicit cohort of learners for ongoing mutual support and reinforcement of learning.

To discuss the design of a learning experience for your agency please contact Alisa directly.

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