Why should you become a facilitator in the Resilience Dialogues?
Resilience Dialogues is designed around the idea that well-structured conversations with carefully chosen people can make connections that advance climate resilience action. Resilience Dialogues facilitators - trained to represent a diversity of perspectives, reframe and clarify comments, and synthesize ideas - are the glue that hold these conversations together.
Serving as a Resilience Dialogues facilitator will help you build skills, expand your network, and gain local knowledge:
- Our live facilitator training, written guidance, and support from the Meridian Institute will ensure that you are well-equipped to help Community Dialogue participants succeed. You’ll leave the experience with new skills and expertise.
- You’ll engage with a diverse group of community leaders and subject matter experts, providing an opportunity to form relationships with new colleagues and peers.
- The Resilience Dialogues puts cutting-edge community engagement, co-production, and climate resilience principles into practice. This is an opportunity for you to gain experience facilitating discussions through the lens of these principles, and integrating them into your own work.
What does it mean to be a Resilience Dialogues facilitator?
Dialogue structure & length
Each dialogue consists of a team of 3-5 community leaders, 3-5 SMEs, and a facilitator. Teams participate in a series of two dialogues, collectively known as a “Community Dialogue.” The Community Dialogue is a total of ten days, and includes:
- Framing dialogue: Climate Variability and Vulnerability (5 days in length) = Focused on understanding local climate impacts and identifying the key adaptation risks and opportunities
- Connecting dialogue: Resilience Planning Resources & Next Steps (5 days in length) = Focused on identifying key action areas and next steps, and identifying the tools, resources, and experts that are most relevant to the community and its needs.
Role of a Facilitator
- Ensure discussions are mindful of the full fabric of the community, especially perspectives not represented in the dialogues.
- Reframe and clarify comments to help participants develop a shared vocabulary and sense of direction.
- Synthesize related lines of thinking and summarize key findings or recommendations.
- Identify and redirect conversations that do not contribute to the intended outcomes.
- Produce a synthesis report that captures the key highlights and outcomes of the discussion.
The full facilitator time commitment is approximately 60 hours. This breaks down as follows:
- Dialogue participation - approximately 40 hours: you should expect to spend at least 3-4 hours/day engaging with the online platform while participating in a dialogue. Facilitators can engage at any time of day that is convenient for them, (including evenings), but are expected to participate regularly each day the dialogue is running.
- Dialogue preparation and synthesis - approximately 20 hours: You will spend time before and after the Community Dialogue in facilitator training, getting to know dialogue participants, and preparing and producing the Community Dialogue synthesis report. Some of this will happen on your own time, and some will happen in scheduled calls with other participants and program staff.