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Capacity Builder: Intro to Participatory Event Design

Frustrated by lackluster meetings and events? Does your group seem to be spinning its wheels, perhaps with most of the work being done by just a couple of members? Concerned that members of your community are not getting their voices heard or, alternatively, that some voices seem to dominate conversations or discourse?  Are you interested in embracing the wisdom of groups and leveraging that power to create quality outcomes drawn from the passions and talents of all participants?

Consider attending this event to add another important tool to your social permaculture toolkit, especially if you are involved in convening meetings of any sort.  If you are an organizer, activist, manager or facilitator, this session is for you.  Space is limited for this very timely event.

The time of centralized, top-down and hierarchical decision-making is giving way to a new reality based on participatory design.  After sharing a potluck supper, Rachel Lyn Rumson will lead the group through a survey of practical, accessible strategies for participatory events.

  • You will learn about and compare/contrast such approaches as:
  • Framing events based on well-formed questions
  • Open Space Technology
  • Art of Hosting
  • World Cafe
  • Circles
  • and, ultimately, cultivating leadership from within groups based on passion and talents

These strategies can apply to everything from meetings and forums to business events and family dinners!

  • 6:30 Potluck (bring a dish or beverage to share and your own potluck kit - plate/bowl/utensils/cup/napkin - for a zero waste event.
  • 7:00 Program Starts
  • 9:00 Program Finishes

Rachel Lyn Rumson joined the Resilience Hub in 2013 to coordinate training events related to social permaculture and to provide facilitation services consistent with the permaculture design ethics and principles. She brings her energetic presence and passion for process work and design to our mission.  Her specialty is participatory structures for self-organizing systems serving ad hoc coalition groups and organizations in transition.

She is also a process consultant and educator. With more than ten years of facilitation and training experience, Rachel Lyn values learning processes and dialogue as vital design elements in social permaculture. She has been called an animator due to the “life” that she brings to groups, actively engaging them in the work.  Her masters thesis on regenerative systems combined with her study of Permaculture Design form a keystone of her practice.


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  • Zizi V.

    Great and very useful. Well worth it.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    Link to the Presentation:

    May 21, 2013

  • liz b.

    I would like to attend, anyone coming from Gorham who woud like to carpool?

    May 20, 2013

    • Lee

      I'm coming from Gorham, Liz, but need to do errands in town. Next time...

      May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone!
    Looks like my schedule has changed and I'll no longer be able to make it to this event tonight. I'm bummed, because I was really looking forward it. I hope you have a great time this evening!

    May 21, 2013

    • Rachel L.

      Okay Erin. Catch you next time!

      May 21, 2013

  • Deborah G.

    Is it OK if I get there a little late like 7:15 ish? I have work commitments until 6:30.

    Great topics!!

    May 20, 2013

    • Rachel L.

      Potluck will start us off so come when you can.

      May 20, 2013

  • Molly S.

    I may be a little late as well!

    1 · May 20, 2013

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