Facilitation is the art of making visible that which has been less visible: about people, norms and behaviors, questions and histories so that we might see one another or an issue anew, which is the definition of respect.

My instinct is to always ask What are the differences in our personal experiences of life, how do we see things differently and why? Understanding and leveraging the differences between us, not the search for similarities, is what makes collective action possible. All of my facilitation is grounded in my own inquiry into power, class, privilege, race, gender, urban v. rural, and understanding how these differences play out in groups, communities and places.

20 years of experience has taught me that facilitation is at least half about listening and half about fearlessly acting upon what I’m hearing. I rely on extensive interviews to build curricula and agenda that respond directly to people’s experience. Listening and courage is at the core of all my work. My clients are communities, coalitions, governments and organizations, and my work is focused on healing community divides through civic dialogue, learning journeys to the borders of organizational experience, transforming conservation and co-creating unique conferences.

Types of Facilitation I Offer

Facilitation Examples

  • Try on their Boots: making allies in Western Maine

    Try on the Boots project  exists to build relationships and understanding through a deeper, more substantive engagement of citizens around their differences in a community grappling with potent changes that arise from a transition from forest products to tourism industry and the influx of residents from other places who often have larger incomes and different life experiences.  

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  • Geography of Hope, California 2018

    I was asked by Black Mountain Circle to help them transform their popular annual Geography of Hope Conference toward a more inclusive and interactive gathering that brought together generations, ethnicities, world views to consider resilience in nature.

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