Spring Workshop: Effective Group Facilitation for Conservation Leaders

Please join us for a facilitation workshop sponsored by the High Divide Capacity Building Initiative and led by acclaimed facilitator and coach Julian Griggs.

Date: April 26 -27 
Location: University of Montana Western in Dillon, the Great Room in the Swysgood Technology Center 
Cost: Free to participants of High Divide Capacity Building Initiative, $100 to others
Who: Julian Griggs, facilitator and coach www.dovetailconsulting.com
Julian Griggs specializes in the collaborative decision making process for land use and natural resources management, energy and climate, and aboriginal rights. Over the past 22 years, he has designed and facilitated hundreds of multi-party planning processes, workshops, meetings, strategic planning initiatives and conferences for nonprofit, corporate, government clients in the US, Canada,  and abroad, and has developed a reputation as a gifted strategic planner, facilitator and trainer. 
This workshop is geared towards community-based conservation organizations and their partners working across the High Divide. Julian will design the workshop to give each participant the practical tools and strategies he or shes needs to enable collaboration, resolve conflict, and bring groups of diverse interests to come to long-lasting solutions.

Learning Objectives

  1. To clarify the respective roles of facilitators, trainers, chairpersons, resource persons and project managers in supporting the effectiveness of group collaboration, and understand the scope/limitations of each of these
  2. To build familiarity with a basic, comprehensive toolkit of process design and facilitation concepts and skills that can be applied in a variety of settings—including within conservation advocacy organizations, with industry groups or state resource agencies, and with stakeholders or members of the
  3. To experiment with the application of these concepts and skills through exercises, simulations, and case
  4. To provide a foundation for on-going learning and professional

Anticipated Outcomes

  • clarified the definition of a facilitator relative to other roles and developed a clear understanding of the boundaries of impartiality/neutrality and how this issue affects group dynamics and empowerment;
  • an appreciation of the breadth of the facilitation toolkit, including the importance of personal styles and values;
  • an understanding of the importance of group climate, shared norms for collective behavior and skills by which to identify these norms and help groups manage their own behavior accordingly;
  • a template for the design and delivery of facilitated group session within typical grassroots conservation initiatives and collaborations;
  • tools for scoping and assessment in the preparatory stages of a facilitation project;
  • developed their skills in process design;
  • understood the importance of clearly defined objectives for facilitated group discussion;
  • practiced basic skills for managing group discussions;
  • understood the purpose of interventions and developed skills in selective interventions to improve group effectiveness;
  • developed skills in evaluating group effectiveness and their own performance; and,
  • applied selected skills developed during the

Draft agenda coming soon – content will be tailored to the specific needs and interests of participants. 

Please register as soon as possible because space is limited. We look forward to having you join us!


For questions or more information, please contact Alice Buckley at alice@future-west.org or (406) 587-2974


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