Facilitation Labs & Workshops

Conversation is as natural as walking. It doesn’t feel like something we need to learn how to do. But just as a great running coach can teach you to run faster and more efficiently, a great conversation coach can teach you to design conversations and ask questions that more effectively strengthen relationships and build community.


The Forum offers 3 labs and 3 workshops. All 6 programs are perfect for community leaders, coaches, supervisors, facilitators, and anyone looking to improve the quality of their relationships. We also assist in recruiting for Braided Stories: Equitable Communities for Alaska’s Children and Families in concert with R.O.C.K Mat-Su. To register for future labs or workshops, please explore below!


Aud Pleas

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Leading Conversations That Build Community trains facilitators to lead conversations about vital issues and ideas across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. On day one, Forum trainers will model a conversation and teach various techniques to elevate facilitators' skill sets. On day two, all participants will, as pairs, plan and facilitate a conversation and receive feedback from trainers and other participants.

Register for our August workshop here!


The Art of Powerful Questions is a highly interactive and experiential workshop held in a series of four 2.5-hour sessions across four weeks. Participants can expect to hone their questioning skills and gain new insights about real dilemmas they are facing in their personal or professional lives.


Facilitation Foundations works to demystify the art and science of facilitation so that you can practice on your own. Guiding Questions: What is the power and potential of effective facilitation? What does effective facilitation take? Over two days, we will take the time to explore the importance of planning and preparation and how it is vital to uplifting the purpose of our gatherings.


Facilitating Through Conflict is an interactive four-hour workshop for participants seeking ways to navigate difficult conversations and using these moments as opportunities to build trust. This workshop identifies strategies for leaning into conflict, grounding oneself, and prioritizing equity.


Making Space for Conversation is a one-day four-hour interactive workshop designed to help participants create spaces where people feel safe and participate bravely. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with other community members to develop a set of concrete tools for identifying the domains of safety in a conversation space, self-reflect on one’s own needs for bravery, and practice collectively developing community agreements.


Braided Stories: Building Equitable Communities for Alaska’s Children & Families workshop, created by R.O.C.K. Mat-Su and presented by Alaska Humanities Forum, understands addressing historical trauma in the Mat-Su is critical to achieving its vision. The workshop aims to engage community members and social change leaders in an educational experience that will deepen their understanding of systemic racism, as a catalyst to make systemic and cultural change in their spheres of influence.

Alaska Humanities Forum

The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.

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