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Practice Makes Presence: Facilitation Skills Training Workshop

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
9:00am - 1:30pm PST
The Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles (JPC)
221 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $30.00
Non-Members: $50.00
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Breakfast and Networking will begin at 9:00 am and the program will begin promptly at 9:30 am

Skillful collaboration is facilitated by an open mind and heart, keen powers of observation of self and others, compassionate communication, a whole-systems view and a willingness to witness and experience transformation. This workshop will promote these qualities while seeking to enhance leadership skills, self-awareness and a capacity to contribute to positive change at any scale. Participants will be introduced to a variety of facilitation skills and tools through both presentation and hands-on exercises. We will explore facilitative approaches to implicit bias, transgressions and managing difficult conversations related to diversity, inclusion and equity. We will also make space to discuss ways that we can intervene as participants and facilitators when our meetings’ dynamics mirror the racism or other forms of oppression found in the greater society.

By practicing presence, expanding our awareness of self and others and unlocking our creativity, we can realize our potential as inspired and skillful facilitators.

Participants can expect to:

  • Explore and better understand the role of a facilitator and core facilitative practices
  • Learn to Imaginatively embrace emergence in unpredictable meetings
  • Learn about compassionate communication skills, group culture and ground rules
  • Be introduced to a practical and comprehensive facilitator’s tool box
  • Learn strategies to address hurtful transgressions in group work

When arranging your schedule, please note that November 5 is Election Day.


Adam Wolpert  

Adam Wolpert is a facilitator, educator and fine artist. He leads workshops in group process and has worked as a facilitator with many institutes, communities, organizations and foundations since 1994. In the last 15 years, he has designed and led multiple workshops and trainings in creative collaborative leadership and systems thinking as it relates to group work. Adam has also taught workshops in building and sustaining community and has lived in an intentional community for over 25 years. Adam is a co-founder of OAEC ( an organization that focuses on cultivating ecological literacy and building the capacity of civic and social movement leaders and organizations to guide their communities toward an ecologically regenerative, economically viable, and socially just future. 



Current SCG and EPIP Members: $30
Eligible Non-members: $50

Who May Attend
Current SCG, EPIP members and eligible non-members.

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
EPIP members please register here.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

About this Location
This location is ADA compliant, has dedicated nursing rooms, and gender-neutral restrooms available.

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