Facilitative Skills for Collaborative Leaders Donna Ching, Ph.D. September 22nd - 23rd, 2014 Facilitative Skills for Collaborative Leaders was two full days of exploring the philosophy, psychology and science of facilitation with Donna Ching. We were given tools and templates to generate agendas, promote collaborative meetings, and organize the group’s memory. We then practiced techniques for focusing group members on the tasks needed to develop the solutions they came together to find. We role-played to practice the language of an artful facilitator as we tried to “legitimize early and often” every person in the group. This is the most important role of a facilitator. Groups, especially ones not inclined to work together, need to have every person feel a part of the solution. If someone doesn’t feel their voice is part of the solution there will mostly like not be a lasting one. The two day training ended with a mock town meeting to resolve a real life situation.