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This PowerPoint presentation accompanied my Senior Synthesis presentation during March 2010. The project was based around my creation of a discussion group in which I function as the facilitator. The ...

This PowerPoint presentation accompanied my Senior Synthesis presentation during March 2010. The project was based around my creation of a discussion group in which I function as the facilitator. The project explored the importance of dialogue and how I believe we can facilitate empowerment through discourse.

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  • 1. When Women Gather Facilitating Empowerment through Dialogue Kari Solberg March 4, 2010 Antioch University Seattle Senior Synthesis Presentation
  • 2. Opening Exercise
    • “ Setting Your
    • Baggage Aside”*
    *From Cool Tools for Hot Topics by Ron Kraybill & Evelyn Wright [Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2006]
  • 3. The Women’s Group A multi-generational group of women that meet to discuss cultural and community related topics.
  • 4. The learnings that inspired this project What sustains the group? The future of the group What has my role in the group taught me?
  • 5. Inspired by studies in… Storytelling for collaborative action Dialogue Group Facilitation
  • 6. Narrating Change: Stories for Collective Action Winter 2009
    • “ Oral Testimony can give communities more power to set their own agenda for development.”
    • Hugo Slim and Paul Thompson
    • Listening for a Change
  • 7. Reading that demonstrated the effect of narrative practices in a community
    • The book
    • The chapter
    • Chapter 11
    • “ Health
    • Promoting
    • Conversations”
    • by Bev McKenzie
  • 8. Individual Stories for Change: Women and Money When: February 8, 2009 Participants: 12 (women aged 16-72) The First Meeting of The Women’s Group
  • 9. The Power of Storytelling
    • Support, validation, collaboration, reframing of experiences, healing, restoration of confidence, enthusiasm…
  • 10. The Circle Process
    • “ The circle is a mechanism for empowerment and action, and the organizing power within us.”
    • Christina Baldwin
    • Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture
  • 11. The Circle Process
    • The 10 Constants*
    • Honor the circle as sacred time and space .
    • Create a collective center
    • Be informed
    • Express gratitude
    • Create a container for full participation
    • Listen from the heart
    • Speak from the heart
    • Make room for silence
    • Empower each member
    • Commit to an ongoing relationship
    • * From http://www.wisdomcircle.org/format.html
  • 12. The Art of Dialogue
    • “ Dialogue is about expanding our capacity for awareness and learning with and from each other.”
    • - Glenna Gerard
  • 13. Group Facilitation including active listening, strategic questioning and group decision making
  • 14. fa·cil·i·ta·tor
    • one that facilitates; especially : one that helps to bring about an outcome (as learning, productivity, or communication) by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, or supervision.
    • a content nuetral guide to the process of group work.
    • http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitator
    • Ron Kraybill and Evelyn Wright Cool Tools for Hot Topics
  • 15. What sustains the group?
    • Democratic participation
    • A sense of community
    • The engagement of participants
    • A belief in the ability to create change
  • 16. How does this result in empowerment?
  • 17. em·pow·er  
    • To invest with power.
    • To equip or supply with an ability.
    http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/empower
  • 18. The Rules Just kidding!
    • We will speak for ourselves and
    • from experience.
    • We will not criticize or judge the
    • views of other participants.
    • We will respect each others opinions.
    • We will challenge each other!
    • We will participate within the time
    • frames suggested by the facilitator.
    • We will not interrupt each other.
    • We will hold each other accountable.
    • We will “pass” if we don’t wish to
    • speak.
    • We will respect the confidentiality of
    • the group.
  • 19. EMBRACE ANXIETY! “ We must acknowledge that confusion, anxiety and digression often precede clarity, excitement and focus.” - Marvin Weisbord, Sandra Janoff, Jack MacNeish Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!
  • 20.