These highly interactive and experiential labs and workshops provide the opportunity to learn and practice techniques for guiding conversations and asking powerful questions.
Forum Labs & Workshops: Training and tools for transformative conversation
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 three labs and four workshops. Our labs feature Leading Conversations That Build Community (LCTBC), Making Space for Conversation (MSFC), Facilitating Through Conflict (FTC), and our workshops feature the Art of Powerful Questions (AOPQ), Facilitation Foundations (FF), and Depolarizing Conversations (DC). All eight 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 lab or workshops, please explore below!
Leading Conversations that Build Community
April 4th and April 5th (Tuesday and Wednesday) | 8:30am - 4:30pm, Register here!
2 Sessions | 8 Hours | 16 participants | Held in Person at the Alaska Humanities Forum Offices.
Participants take part in interactive, reflective discussions in large and small groups, learn techniques to lead them, and then have the opportunity to plan and facilitate a conversation and receive feedback from trainers and other participants.
Making Space for Conversation
1 Session | 4 Hours | 16 participants
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.
Facilitating Through Conflict
1 Session | 4 Hours | 16 Participants
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.
The Art of Powerful Questions
October 27th, November 3rd, November 10th, and November 17th | 9:00am - 11:30am, Register Here!
4 Sessions | 2.5 Hours | 16 Participants | (held online via Zoom):
The Art of Powerful Questions is a highly interactive and experiential workshop held in a series of four 2.5-hour sessions. Participants can expect to hone their questioning skills and gain new insights about real dilemmas they are facing in their personal or professional lives.
Described as "the one conversation tool that will make you better at absolutely everything", the art of asking questions is too important to leave to instinct. Powerful questions build trust, inspire creativity and new ways of thinking, and encourage deep engagement. Powerful questions motivate insight, innovation, and action. Powerful questions ignite change.
January 25th and January 26th (Wednesday and Thursday) | 9:00am - 1:00pm, Register here!
2 Sessions | 4 Hours | 12 Participants
This highly interactive workshop 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?
March 21st - March 23rd, 2023 (Tuesday - Thursday) | Registration opens soon!
3 Sessions | 8-4-4 Hours | 12 Participants
A 3 day experience to identify and develop your facilitation style. Participants will learn how to create spaces where people feel safe to participate bravely, and harness the energy of authentic conflict to move towards intimacy, insight, and breakthrough.
Braided Stories: Building Equitable Communities for Alaska’s Children & Families. a Forum supported program.
October and December, Register here!
4 Sessions | 4 Hours | 12 Participants
R.O.C.K. Mat-Su created the Braided Stories: Building Equitable Communities for Alaska’s Children & Families workshop because understanding and 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.
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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