Accelerate your career, unlock your organization’s potential, and build better worlds with proven facilitation skills.
We’ve all been in working environments that lack purpose, focus on the wrong issue(s), fail to address ingrained group dynamics, or become hijacked by conflict and difficult personalities.
By the end of this two-week, live, online course, you’ll be able to contribute to or lead a working environment that:
- Cultivates shared meaning around the content of their work.
- Makes productive use of difference and conflict.
- Focuses on the actual/real challenge at hand — both internally and externally.
- Makes meaningful progress toward achieving their goals.
- Offers a sense of belonging to all team members.
The Facilitation Leadership Lab is a live, online, cohort-based course for rising and established leaders who want to sharpen their facilitation skills in order to unlock their organization’s potential, accelerate their career path, or grow their consulting practice. You’ll practice these skills and frameworks in a simulated, lab-like environment, and receive personalized feedback, 1:1 coaching, and access to a peer-learning community.
Facilitating organizational change isn't magic -- you can learn the skills that will help you turn stuck organizations into thriving ones, and accelerate your career.
Enroll today! We will be offering different prices depending on when you register:
- $750 if you register before January 15, 2024
- $1,000 if you register from January 15, 2024 through February 15th.
- $1,500 if you register after February 15th.
*There is a special offer of $750 per person for groups of three or more people, regardless of the registration date.
Rising or established leaders who want to level up their facilitation skills and transform their organization
Coaches and consultants who want to grow their practice with proven facilitation tools and frameworks.
Sick of bad processes preventing your organization or community from achieving its goals? This is for you!
You’ll learn proven facilitation tools and key concepts like agenda setting, active listening, relational anchoring, reframing and reflecting, conflict de-escalation, managing challenging principals, diagnosing the present adaptive challenge, and identifying ideal outcomes.
A successful facilitation requires more than a rubric — it is an embodied craft that requires practice in dynamic contexts. You’ll practice these tools and frameworks in a simulated, lab-like environment, and receive personalized feedback, and 1:1 coaching.
Facilitating change in organizations is hard, often lonely work. Leaders need peers to learn from and with. This course is your passport to a thriving peer-learning community and privileged access and discounts to future offerings from the instructors.
You'll have the opportunity to engage 1:1 with the instructors in a free coaching session after the workshop is complete.
Facilitation Leadership Lab
Mar 9—Mar 10
Objective: Participants will learn how to listen with purpose.
Objective: Participants will learn how to reflect and reframe the emotions, conflict, and opportunity present in group dynamics.
Objective: Participants will learn how to identify unhelpful patterns, separate underlying positions from interests, develop shared action agendas to address underlying challenges, challenge unproductive behaviors, and ultimately, create a container for productive conflict.
Objective: Participants will learn how to effectively engage with the challenging behaviors of people in power without letting them derail a group’s shared work together.
Mar 11—Mar 17
Objective: Participants will learn the process for determining the core challenge that a group needs to solve together.
Objective: Participants will learn how to identify and make meaningful progress toward their group's goals.
Objective: Participants will learn how to identify the specific intended results that signal to the participants that their work together has been successful.
Objective: Participants will learn how to develop an agenda to ensure the success of a meaningful gathering.
Kate’s work as a facilitator, researcher, and organizational strategist has addressed a variety of public challenges, often with an intersection of technology. As an organizational development strategist, Kate has over 20 years of facilitation, mediation, and conflict resolution experience. She specializes in qualitative methodologies, including ethnography, user research, and design research. Applications have included organizational strategy, product design, policy recommendation, and programmatic design.
Kate has served as a consultant to Google, Facebook, the Trusted Elections Fund, Luminate, Mobius Executive Leadership, and the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Project, among others. Kate also served as a consulting user researcher for the U.S. Digital Service within the Executive Office of President Barack Obama.
Kate is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Charley is a writer, teacher, and facilitator who works at the intersection of technology and social change. He founded Untangled, a newsletter and podcast on technology, people, and power, and teaches at George Washington University on related topics.*
Charley has spent much of his career facilitating multi-stakeholder collaborations. He currently leads the Public Technology Leadership Collaborative, a new peer-learning collective of scholars, researchers, and government leaders committed to addressing the social and cultural implications of data and technology. Before that, he led the Disinformation Action Lab at Data & Society, which won the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public inaugural ‘Award for Excellence’ for its multi-stakeholder work on the 2020 Census. Once upon a time, he co-founded and ultimately led the Center for Digital Development at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
He’s graduate of the University of Washington (Go Huskies!) and the Harvard Kennedy School. Most importantly, he’s an obnoxiously proud uncle.
*This is a personal project and is not affiliated with Data & Society Research Institute or George Washington University.
Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00pm EST
Session 1: Saturday, March 9, 12:00 - 4:00 pm EST
Session 2: Sunday, March 10, 12:00 - 4:00 pm EST
Session 3: Saturday, March 16, 12:00 - 4:00 pm EST
Session 4: Sunday, March 17, 12:00 - 4:00 pm EST
1-2 hours per weekend (optional)
In between the two weekends, participants will be given ‘homework’ that they can use to practice the skills they’re learning with course participants and deepen their understanding of the frameworks.
Practice in a lab environment
Facilitation is an embodied craft that requires practice in dynamic contexts. Apply your new skills and frameworks via interactive exercises, and receive personalized feedback.
This course is your passport to a thriving peer-learning community that will continue after the course comes to a close.
Get input or feedback on a complex facilitation you’re preparing. Or debrief one that you just led!
Access the Facilitation Leadership Lab ‘workbook,’ a set of tools, frameworks, and templates that you can use during and after the course to support your ongoing facilitation work.