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August Leading Conversations that Build Community Workshop

August 30, 2023 - August 31, 2023

How can we design satisfying conversations that connect us not just in spite of differences but because of differences? How can we convene people in ways that allow their intelligence, creativity, and unique perspective to shine? Join the Alaska Humanities Forum for a two-day workshop to discover the answers together!
The Alaska Humanities Forum trains discussion facilitators to lead conversations about vital issues and ideas across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. These discussions help build strong relationships within organizations and among communities.
Over two days, you will participate in reflective discussions in large and small groups and learn techniques to lead them. All participants have the opportunity to plan and facilitate a conversation and receive feedback from trainers and other participants.
Conversation is as natural as walking. It doesn’t feel like something we need to learn how to do. But just as a great running coach can teach you to run faster and more efficiently, a great conversation coach can teach you to design conversations that more effectively strengthen relationships and build community. This workshop will help you bolster your skills in planning and facilitating conversations on issues you care about within your organization or in the broader community. This handbook includes suggestions, tips, and best practices to help you prepare for leading conversations that build community.
During the workshop, participants will learn to:
  • Understand both the value and limitations of conversations for building community
  • Develop a concrete set of tools for planning and facilitating meaningful conversations
  • Co-design and facilitate a conversation
  • Experience a variety of conversation designs and facilitation styles
  • Practice both giving and receiving feedback in order to learn and grow as a facilitator.
In order for each attendee to receive the best hands-on facilitation experience, participation is limited to 16. If event gets sold out a waitlist will be added.

Alaska Humanities Forum

421 W 1st Ave, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK, 99501

The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.

Founded in 1972, the Forum represents and serves Alaska as one of 56 state and territorial councils supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and as a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.​