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Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy

Facilitation Services

ICDD seeks to increase the quality and quantity of public conversations. To support this, our trained faculty, students, and community facilitators offer experienced facilitation across a wide array of issues and contexts.  Some examples include:

  • Community food system conversations in Junction City, Topeka, Emporia, Colby, Salina, and Peabody
  • Public discussions of community policing, safety, and justice in Manhattan, Overland Park, Kansas City, Wichita
  • Civility workshop for Area Agencies on Aging, Salina
  • Deliberations on water issues in Manhattan, Lawrence, Hutchinson, Topeka, and Wakefield
  • Strategic planning for art centers and museums in Manhattan and Ellsworth 

As a member of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), ICDD selects models or processes for facilitation that meet specific goals of public conversation, e.g., Exploration, Conflict Transformation, Decision-making, Collaborative Action.  Below is a sample of processes or models and faculty/staff who employ them:

Appreciative Inquiry (Collaborative Action)Donna Schenck-Hamlin, Terrie McCants
Charrettes (Decision-Making)LaBarbara Wigfall, Katie Kingery-Page
National Issues Forums (Exploration)Timothy Shaffer, David Procter
Nominal Group Processes (Decision-making)David Procter, Donita Whitney-Bammerlin
Public Narrative (Collaborative Action)Timothy Shaffer, Brandon Kliewer
Samoan Circles (Conflict Transformation)Terrie McCants
Strategic Planning (Decision-Making)David Procter, William Richter
Victim-Offender Dialogue (Conflict Transformation)Gregory Paul
Visual Thinking Strategies (Exploration)Linda Duke, Karen Schlageck
World Cafe (Exploration)Donna Schenck-Hamlin

To request professional facilitation services, please email icdd@k-state.edu