September 15, 2016 at SEEDS Community Resolution Center in Berkeley.
Join us for SEEDS’ next Third Thursday event on Building Safe Spaces for All Voices: Facilitation Best Practices from Storyworkers.
Suggested Donation: $20 general public, $10 SEEDS volunteers
Space is limited. RSVP on Facebook or email email@example.com.
One of a facilitator’s hardest challenges is to balance the voices in the room. Addressing power dynamics, empathy and agency are factors in establishing a space where all feel safe to express themselves. Best practices for facilitating this kind of safe space come from many fields including mediation, dialogue and storywork.
Storyworkers are those who bring stories to life. This takes the ability to work with people to express their genuine voice. The field of digital storytelling specializes in helping people tell their personal narratives through digital media workshops. Facilitating these workshops requires clear ethical guidelines, an established process and a practiced facilitative tool belt. Participants of this Third Thursday will learn tools from the field of digital storytelling and walk away with a best practices framework for facilitating safe spaces.
About the Facilitator
Evelyn Thorne has a background in community organizing, arts education, storytelling and dialogue, along with a master’s degree from the University of Oregon in Arts Administration with a concentration in Community Arts Management and a BA in Creative Arts from San Jose State University. She’s a trained digital storytelling facilitator by StoryCenter and led a series of storytelling workshops with the Trauma Healing Project of Eugene, OR. Her research looked at storytelling as a tool for community engagement and arts education for diverse adult populations.