Harnessing the power of conversation
to enhance our lives and communities.
Are you ready to get people in your community talking?
The Forum's Kindling Conversation program provides themed toolkits, training, and funding to Alaskans interested in hosting short, thoughtful community conversations that connect people across differences and foster inclusive, active, and resilient communities across our state.
Conversation Programs Manager
How It Works
At the bottom of this page, you'll find a list of topics with links to toolkits that provide springboards for discussion, a facilitator guide, and all the resources you will need for hosting a conversation in your community.
If you would like to learn how to design your own conversations and to develop and practice your facilitation skills, check out our Facilitation Workshops.
Individuals, tax-exempt organizations, and schools in Alaska are eligible to receive a $250 stipend to help defray the cost of hosting a conversation. Applications must be submitted at least 1 week prior to a scheduled event and recipients must host their community conversation within 3 months of receiving notification of funding.
- The community conversation must be at least an hour long and have at least five participants apart from the facilitator/host.
- The host must acknowledge the Alaska Humanities Forum in event promotion and during the event itself.
- The host must submit a short final report within 3 weeks of the completion of the conversation. This final report includes attendance information, evaluation surveys to be completed by conversation participants, and a brief (<500 words) reflection by the facilitator. Photographs are encouraged but not required.
Conversation Topics and Resources
Below is our current list of topics, each containing a guiding question, conversation guide, and springboard as resources for you to use in hosting a conversation. Don't see the topic you're passionate about? Send us a suggestion! We're adding new topics all the time.
Continuous Conversation: Gender and Culture
Guiding Question: How does culture shape our understanding of gender?
Springboard: Continuous Photo Essay
Journalism and Community
Guiding Question: What is journalism for?
Springboard: Essays and Video
Language Barriers and Bridges
Guiding Question: How does language connect us? How does language divide us?
Guiding Question: What do we expect from ourselves and one another with regards to homelessness?
Leadership in Alaska Series: Flexibility
Guiding Question: Do we ever live up to our own expectations?
Springboard: Magnetic North: Bill Sheffield
Leadership in Alaska Series: Mentorship
Guiding Question: How does our culture influence the way we teach and learn?
Springboard: Magnetic North: Nathan Jackson
Leadership in Alaska Series: Legacy
Guiding Question: What do we owe future generations?
Springboard: Magnetic North: Clem Tillion
Leadership in Alaska Series: Trailblazing
Guiding Question: When are we called to act without permission?
Springboard: Magnetic North: Arliss Sturgulewski
Leadership in Alaska Series: Sense of Place
Guiding Question: How does where we're from influence how we lead?
Springboard: Magnetic North: Roy Madsen
Leadership in Alaska Series: Changing Times
Guiding Question: In times of rapid change, what guides us?
Springboard: Magnetic North: Jacob Adams
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