Facilitator Guide
Facilitator Guide

Facilitator Guide

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This is our guide to help you facilitate EA discussion groups, fellowships, and other programs. By 'facilitator' we mean 'the person who runs the discussion and is trying to make sure it goes well.'

For new facilitators

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is for bringing new facilitators up to speed: it contains what we think are the most important things for facilitators to get right. It starts with three points explaining how and why it’s important to get discussion groups right, and then focuses more on giving more practical advice.

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If you’re running a discussion group program for the first time, and have no support within your local group, we recommend that you reach out to Catherine Low at CEA to help provide you with resources to plan your program.

For intermediate facilitators

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is for giving new and intermediate facilitators techniques to develop their skills further.

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is more tailored to specific problems.

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covers three really important things that take more experience at facilitating to get right.

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We can’t predict every situation you’ll come across as a facilitator. One of the best things you can do is practice and then reflect on the decisions you made. Most of the time, you’ll have a good idea of what’s best for your group and your facilitation style, and where you get it wrong, you’ll find a valuable learning experience.

Acknowledgements

This guide is heavily indebted to resources produced by Jessica McCurdy, Anne Le Roux, EA Hub Resources (including Julia Wise), Sydney Von Arx, Joshua Monrad, and Marie Buhl & the designers of the Oxford Intro Fellowship curriculum of 2020 for its content, and to Isaac Dunn, Will Payne, Mauricio Baker, Michael Byun, Chana Messinger, and the Global Challenges Project for their comments.

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