Bring Dialogues Across Difference To You
Create welcoming workplaces
Build Inclusive Leadership
Increase Staff Diversity
Inviting Growing A New Heart to Do a Workshop for Your Organization
If your organization or workplace experiences tensions across class, gender, race, ethnicity, gender expression, we can help. Perhaps you have trouble attracting a diverse workforce? Or maybe you have a diverse workforce and tensions have arisen? Dealing with differences across social location is often the most challenging aspect of working with groups and organizations. These differences impact supervisor and supervisee relationships, Board and Executive relationships, as well as the overall effectiveness and quality of any group. Groups can unintentionally limit access and participation of the people who are most insightful about community needs, power structures and need for change. Our consulting services can help your organization elevate its skillfulness and accessibility. We have worked with schools, community Task Forces, nonprofit social justice and social service organizations as well as chambers of commerce who have identified that issues of differences in understanding social location have impacted their work.
We will train individuals or small groups of facilitators so that your group or organization can hold ongoing Dialogues Across Difference, increasing your capacity to fulfill your mission. We offer consultative follow up, as your work evolves and grows.
What does Dialogue Across Difference Training entail?
Part 1 – Working with Adults in a Process of Learning and Social Change
Part 2 – Working With Content and Process, Anticipating Tensions
Part 3 – Powerful Facilitative Questions, Practice and Feedback
When we facilitate dialogue across profound differences of social location in order to create social change, we can employ a set of Popular Education principles that are respectful, empowering and accountable. We can ensure that participants’ contributions and learning are at the center of every dialogue.
As facilitators, we can improve even our most successful dialogues by:
- considering the most effective sequencing of prompting questions
- that ensure the participants know they are learning
- in a respectful, energetic and challenging forum
- that offers participants positive engagement
- with ideas, attitudes, skills and concepts thoughtfully selected
- to address common and predictable misconceptions/values conflicts in our communities and culture
JAC Patrissi has been crafting creative solutions to relationship trauma and abuse for 29 years. She works as a couples’ counselor and trauma clinician and is author of Should I Stay or Should I Go: A Guide to Knowing If Your Relationship Can—And Should—Be Saved. (Penguin/Berkley 2011)
“I feel I can take over the world thanks to JAC’s endless trust in my potential to become a Social Justice Dialogue Group Facilitator for the agency we work for. In fact, since February 2018, I have facilitated for an estimate of 50 employees, and I am in process to facilitate for even more. There are two things JAC points out about facilitation that stay with me: “Facilitation involves courage,” and “Adults learn by doing.” These two statements have helped me become an effective facilitator. Lastly, I feel I am making a tremendous change in an organizational level, and this change would not be happening if it were not for JAC’s initiative to start this movement. Thank you.”
—Ysabel Garcia, Department of Professional Development trainer, Behavioral Health Network
“When I first heard about the Dialogues Across Difference Training, I was immediately interested in learning how to better engage in harder topics and pick up some valuable communication skills. Who hasn’t struggled with communication?
“What I got from the training was so much deeper than that. As human beings, our inclination is to be right and argue for our point. The skills JAC teaches in this training challenges this inclination and replaces it with something so much better. We can have differences of opinion and talk about them in such a way that it allows a person to consider a different thought. Watching this practice unfold with JAC was like magic and it happened so seamlessly and naturally.
“Using this skill, she was able to teach how to take radical comments and still engage in facilitation and move the conversation forward, WITHOUT hostility or a shut down. This is a training I highly recommend and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to participate.”
—Tanisha Areena VRP Advocate, Fenway Health