Facilitate for Change
Lead in a way that inspires action, invites participation, and builds commitment to impact
Upcoming Cohort: April 4 - May 2 // 20 Spots Available
Facilitate for Change is a 5-week training session that develops practical collaborative skills and tools for exploring the challenges and aspirations as leaders. At the heart of the training are powerful leadership practices that, when fully embraced, create the conditions for people to move together from vision to action in extraordinary new ways.
The tuition for our first cohort is $320. Attending students include up-and-coming leaders at large organizations, as well as entrepreneurs and freelancers. We offer a few payment options, including a free work-exchange over a 6 month period. We want this essential leadership skill to be accessible to anyone and everyone who wishes to learn it.
Our next training starts from April 4 - May 2, and takes place virtually, online only. We have 20 spots available in our first Facilitate for Change Cohort.
Meet online once a week for 60 via Zoom or view that week's recorded session
Participate in the week’s topic discussion online via our Facilitator's Facebook Group where we will have beginning and mastery level facilitators and coaches
Read the week’s assigned reading that should take an average of 30 minutes to complete
Please sign up here to register.
It takes less than 5 minutes to reserve your spot.
The Facilitate for Change Curriculum
+ Week 1: The Purpose of Facilitation
The dictionary defines facilitate as "to free from difficulties or obstacles; make easier, aid, assist." That is the role of the facilitator - to design and manage a process that helps a group accomplish its work while minimizing problems within the group.
The facilitator is a neutral guide who takes an active role in guiding the process while adhering to principles of effective facilitation showing no vested interest in the outcome. A good facilitator guides the process.
We will cover the following topics:
- The Role of a Facilitator
- Moving from Coordination >> Cooperation >> Collaboration
- Asking the right questions
- Holding Space for Emotional Highs and Lows
Reading: The Tao of Holding Space
+ Week 2: Group Dynamics
Facilitation can be like steering a boat– you know where you must go, but sometimes the waters are choppy and wish to throw you off course. This week we will practice the skill of noticing and speaking up when we must intervene with a troublesome participant. Steering back on course, we will remain focused on the container of the group process to completion.
We will cover the following topics:
- Define and frame the question or focus for the group
- Design and plan the group process
- When and how to intervene
- Set and Adhere to Ground Rules
Reading: Pros and Cons of Different Group Processes
+ Week 3: The Facilitator's Toolkit
This is a fun week of playful experimentation as we try out different facilitation methods. A facilitator's toolkit is a set of methods that can be used to achieve different goals within a meeting, and to have them all at your disposal increases your power to move quickly and effectively through meeting group goals.
We will use the following methods:
- Quick Group Consensus or Agreement
- Trust-Building Exercises
- How to Encourage Participation and Discussion
Reading: Facilitation Tools for Meetings and Workshops
+ Week 4: Conflict Mediation/Difficult Dialogues
Mediation is for the goal of negotiations, but is a useful skill within facilitation. It helps us dive into what is uncomfortable rather than letting the feelings fester in resentment and lack of participation. It should be a regular practice to make sure everyone feels heard and understood to the degree in which they feel safe and encouraged to engage with the group.
Together, we will explore:
- Radical Honesty
- Emotional Pain Tolerance and Holding Space
- The Difference Between Peer vs. Professional Support
Reading: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
+ Week 5: Facilitating From The Front
We move on our final chapter through experiential learning! This week everyone will pair up with another student and reach out to an organization offering a free facilitation session. With your partner, you will facilitate under supervision from an experienced facilitator who will offer feedback and support during and after your session.
Our final online training will include a discussion on following and straying from the plan. We will practice leading intuitively, listening and learning to trust the quiet voice within seeking to guide us forward.
We will cover the following topics:
- Giving and Receiving Feedback
- Co-Facilitation Roles and Support
- Improv/Intuitive Facilitation vs. Following The Plan/Preparedness
The Gamechanging Skill Every Leader Needs.
Many of us in the social sector are struggling with how to handle the complexity that we face in our work. Effective leadership in these times is not about striving to control what is uncontrollable; rather, it is about creating the conditions for teams, organizations, and communities to effectively and creatively cope with threats and leverage opportunities for greater social impact. Facilitate for Change is grounded in the belief that today’s leaders must inspire and create conditions that enable others to be their best in the pursuit of shared goals. This includes making it easy for others to offer their unique perspectives and talents, speak up when they have problems, take initiative, make appropriate decisions, work with others, and share responsibility for the health of the team, organization, or community.
The foundation of our facilitation
Leaders Empower Leaders
Facilitation is not a skill where one person holds all the answer to every question or becomes the keeper of control. When done right, facilitation is generously sharing knowledge, resources, and opportunities to teach all those involved to speak up, engage others, and raise collective awareness of the group as a whole.
Facilitation disseminates knowledge, decentralizes power, and evens the playing field for all those involved.
Week 1- The Role of Facilitator
Week 2 - Group Dynamics
Week 3 - The Facilitator's Toolkit
Week 4- Conflict Mediation
Week 5- Facilitation Practice
The Head Ringleader
Tara Byrne has facilitated over 100 support groups in person and online through Under 30 Changemakers. Her facilitation values includes playful experimentation, radical honesty, and deep personal inquiry. She created 101 Questions to Spark Authenticity in hope that we can break down outer walls and open ourselves up to new possibilities of meaningful connection. She wants you to feel safe enough to change what has always been invisible, visible. In doing so we can not only transform our current organizations, but how we relate to one beyond just a professional setting.
Our Visiting Facilitators
These facilitators will pop in on our weekly sessions to impart experience, knowledge, and wisdom on that week's course module. We may also go in-depth on certain facilitation methods with 30-minute Q&A sessions that will be pre-recorded to view at your convenience.
Helen is a heart-led, strategy-minded facilitator who navigates quickly and efficiently toward group goals and desired outcomes. She has a knack for finding common ground quickly across seemingly disparate groups of people. She has acquired her B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University, specializing in Leadership & Organizational Behavior.
Tanya has a wide range of facilitation tools that all seek the same end-goal: develop a sense of inner freedom. She has been teaching students for the past ten years on a variety of topics, from coding to ESL. She sharpens her skills by facilitating Zegg Forum, Meditation Sessions, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ Training Sessions and Online Participation
What do you use for the online training sessions?
All online training sessions are on Zoom, which you will only need to download once.
Are the online trainings downloaded?
Yes, all online training sessions are recorded for later viewing. We understand things come up in busy schedules, so it's okay if you miss one or two training sessions. We highly encourage participation in each session though.
What is the weekly discussion topic on Facebook?
A question will be posted once a week on our Facilitator's Facebook Group following our weekly meeting. Everyone is required to participate to whatever degree they are able. Even if you are not able to meet us online for our training, there is always a way to participate!
How do I apply for Facilitate for Change Training?
After reading this FAQ, you can find the application here. It takes around 5 minutes to complete.
Who can apply?
This training was specially designed for community organizers, founders, non-profit directors, and other impact leaders creating positive change. We accept any age from any industry.
What happens after the cohort fills up after reaching 20 participants?
There is a waiting list you will be added to and we will let you know when our next training is available.
Can I purchase training modules individually?
No, the course must be purchased as a whole.
Can I get course credit for this?
We need to note that the altMBA is informal, unaccredited, and non-bureaucratic. If you need an official course credit or the full facilities of a bursar’s office, this isn’t for you.
Tuition or Work Exchange
Are payment plans available?
Yes, we offer a 4 month payment plan if you cannot pay the full $320 upfront. The cost would then be $80/month starting the date. This payment plan can be chosen in your application.
If I want to opt for work exchange by facilitating 8 support group sessions for Under 30 Changemakers, what exactly is required from me?
You would commit to scheduling, planning, and facilitating 8 online support group sessions using Google Hangouts or Zoom. You would be required to...
- Choose 8 support group topics. We will send you a list to choose from or you can make up your own that will need approval before publishing.
- Time to look over your calendar! Schedule and commit to 8 online support times and dates within the next 6 months.
- We will post your support group session as an online event within the Under 30 Changemakers Community. We will need a short bio and support group description from you before posting.
- Show up and facilitate! You will likely be supervised by a trained facilitator the first few times who can provide guidance and feedback.
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