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Facilitation Resources

While our publications below provide some background theory and rationale for exploratory discussion, they mostly focus on and provide more of the practical, “nuts and bolts,” or “how-to” guidance on facilitating, especially, but also planning, organizing, participating in, and following-up on exploratory discussions. All of these publications, except the book “Let’s Talk Politics,” are downloadable in PDF format at no charge.

Note: References to either “Public Discussions” or “Citizen Discussions” are what we now refer to as “Community Conversations.”

Title Pages /File Size or format
Facilitation Guidebook for Small Group Citizen Discussions (2nd edition, 2009) a guide for facilitating Public Discussions 89 pages / 535 KB

IF Workshop Materials for facilitated small-group discussions (2017):

2 pages/ 60 KB
1 page/ 22 KB
Tips for Planning an IF Discussion (for public discussions) 2 pages/ 201 KB
Tips for Facilitating an IF Discussion (for public discussions) 4 pages/ 212 KB
Facilitation Guidebook (1st edition, 2005) a guide for facilitating Project Discussions 132 pages / 505 KB
Support Materials for the IF Discussion Process (1st edition, 2009) a guide for participants in a Project Discussion 90 pages / 463 KB
Let’s Talk Politics (Gundersen and Goodney Lea, 2013) approximately 130 pages; available in printed form from both Amazon and CreateSpace, and now available for download in e-book form as well
Facilitation Basics – roles, goals, and pacing 1 page/ 191 KB
Some Alternative Discussion Strategies 1 page/ 180 KB