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Senior Synthesis

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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Senior Synthesis

  1. 1. When Women Gather Facilitating Empowerment through Dialogue Kari Solberg March 4, 2010 Antioch University Seattle Senior Synthesis Presentation
  2. 2. Opening Exercise <ul><li>“ Setting Your </li></ul><ul><li>Baggage Aside”* </li></ul>*From Cool Tools for Hot Topics by Ron Kraybill & Evelyn Wright [Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2006]
  3. 3. The Women’s Group A multi-generational group of women that meet to discuss cultural and community related topics.
  4. 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. 5. Inspired by studies in… Storytelling for collaborative action Dialogue Group Facilitation
  6. 6. Narrating Change: Stories for Collective Action Winter 2009 <ul><li>“ Oral Testimony can give communities more power to set their own agenda for development.” </li></ul><ul><li>Hugo Slim and Paul Thompson </li></ul><ul><li>Listening for a Change </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reading that demonstrated the effect of narrative practices in a community <ul><li>The book </li></ul><ul><li>The chapter </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 11 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Health </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting </li></ul><ul><li>Conversations” </li></ul><ul><li>by Bev McKenzie </li></ul>
  8. 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. 9. The Power of Storytelling <ul><li>Support, validation, collaboration, reframing of experiences, healing, restoration of confidence, enthusiasm… </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Circle Process <ul><li>“ The circle is a mechanism for empowerment and action, and the organizing power within us.” </li></ul><ul><li>Christina Baldwin </li></ul><ul><li>Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Circle Process <ul><li>The 10 Constants* </li></ul><ul><li>Honor the circle as sacred time and space . </li></ul><ul><li>Create a collective center </li></ul><ul><li>Be informed </li></ul><ul><li>Express gratitude </li></ul><ul><li>Create a container for full participation </li></ul><ul><li>Listen from the heart </li></ul><ul><li>Speak from the heart </li></ul><ul><li>Make room for silence </li></ul><ul><li>Empower each member </li></ul><ul><li>Commit to an ongoing relationship </li></ul><ul><li>* From </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Art of Dialogue <ul><li>“ Dialogue is about expanding our capacity for awareness and learning with and from each other.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Glenna Gerard </li></ul>
  13. 13. Group Facilitation including active listening, strategic questioning and group decision making
  14. 14. fa·cil·i·ta·tor <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>a content nuetral guide to the process of group work. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Ron Kraybill and Evelyn Wright Cool Tools for Hot Topics </li></ul>
  15. 15. What sustains the group? <ul><li>Democratic participation </li></ul><ul><li>A sense of community </li></ul><ul><li>The engagement of participants </li></ul><ul><li>A belief in the ability to create change </li></ul>
  16. 16. How does this result in empowerment?
  17. 17. em·pow·er   <ul><li>To invest with power. </li></ul><ul><li>To equip or supply with an ability. </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Rules Just kidding! <ul><li>We will speak for ourselves and </li></ul><ul><li>from experience. </li></ul><ul><li>We will not criticize or judge the </li></ul><ul><li>views of other participants. </li></ul><ul><li>We will respect each others opinions. </li></ul><ul><li>We will challenge each other! </li></ul><ul><li>We will participate within the time </li></ul><ul><li>frames suggested by the facilitator. </li></ul><ul><li>We will not interrupt each other. </li></ul><ul><li>We will hold each other accountable. </li></ul><ul><li>We will “pass” if we don’t wish to </li></ul><ul><li>speak. </li></ul><ul><li>We will respect the confidentiality of </li></ul><ul><li>the group. </li></ul>
  19. 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!