Tag Archives: Community

Community Issues Gatherings: A Tool For Resolving Controversy

Contact:  Ron Hustedde, ronald.hustedde@uky.edu

Description:  This brief article walks through key considerations around community issues gathering.

URL:  http://www.comm-dev.org/images/pdf/CDPractice-Issue1.pdf

Keywords:   Community, controversy, issue gathering

Target Audiences:   Community, Extension professionals



Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills


Martha Walker, walker53@vt.edu

Crystal Tyler Mackey, cmtyler@vt.edu

Description:  Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills is a facilitation training developed by Extension specialists with Virginia Cooperative Extension to help participants learn how to facilitate discussions that result in planning and clear direction. Specifically the 2- or 3-day training helps develop skills in dealing with challenges common to groups, and techniques to help lead a group discussion on problem solving when dealing with sensitive issues or conflict. Training participants have the opportunity to:

  • Learn core facilitation competencies,
  • Observe facilitation challenges such as constant change, competing priorities, changing team members, limited time and carefully guarded resources,
  • Practice skills in an experimental setting and receive feedback in a safe environment, and
  • Commit to build community capacity by volunteering facilitation skills to a community group or organization.

URL:  http://www.ext.vt.edu/community-leadership/leadership.html

Keywords:  facilitation, community

Target Audiences:  citizens, elected/appointed leaders, Extension professionals

Cultivating Community Conversations for Change

Contact:  Jody Horntvedt, hornt001@umn.edu

Description:  Cultivating Community Conversations for Change (C4) is a new program which consists of a series of events (trainings, community conversations, and a regional forum) designed to engage community members in conversations to deepen their knowledge of community demographics, identify strengths and opportunities, explore resources, and develop strategies for community change. Core to this program are training events which invite leadership program alumni from multiple counties to enhance their skills for extending invitations to new audiences, hosting conversations, and building the social fabric of community. Community conversations center around study circle topics from Everyday Democracy (www.everyday-democracy.org) selected by communities on one of these topics: Building a Healthier Community, Marketing Hometown America, Changing Faces Changing Communities, Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation, One Nation Many Beliefs, Thriving Communities (a discussion of poverty), and Toward a More Perfect Union.

URL:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByBEuE-gc-eLMjM3SlFOT2tmZ3c/view?usp=sharing

Keywords:  community, conversation, invitation, social fabric, facilitation, training

Target Audiences:  Individuals, Community