Facilitated dialogue supports the emerging creativity or potential for systemic change within communities dealing with complex problems and painful history.

Out of such Forum dialogue a fabric of community relationships emerge; clarity about needs and directions; and new initiatives, projects or organisations arise. We follow with mentoring and training facilitators to support these initiatives on their feet.

Each situation is unique, and so we design our intervention based on local process, and in tandem with the local Partner and community.

A useful ‘template’ of a strategy is as follows:

1. Initial clarification of the issue

An individual or organisation recognizes a complex problem that needs a community involved and working together to find a way forward.

2. Gathering the community in its diversity
The individual organizer or organization on the ground works together with CFOR to network and bring together people who are actively engaged with working on some aspect of the issue, or who are impacted by the issues, and bring diverse experiences, including groups and viewpoints that may be marginalized. This will include local and international organisations, business, government and civil society, and citizens including youth and elders.

The number of people involved in such a forum may range from 10 people to 100 people. Facilitating larger forums within conferences or other contexts is also possible.

Outreach includes getting to know what people are doing, letting potential participants know that their voices are welcome and needed, and inviting participants to present their work in conversations, presentations or posters.

3. Forum planning
The local organizer coordinates the venue, catering, equipment, interpreters and translation of materials with support from CFOR. Forums are often 3 days, but can range from ½ day to 6 days, or longer. A one-year or a three-year programme involves annual Forums, plus modular Training and mentoring sessions.

4. The Forum

The Forum will include opportunities for participants to immerse themselves in the problem, and in each others’ expertise, research, experience and knowledge, with opportunities to network and learn.

At the heart of the Forum is a facilitated deeper dialogue.
These conversations are intense, emotional and meaningful as key issues are brought to the surface. While the group focuses on a particular theme, we also facilitate awareness of the underlying dynamics creating or perpetuating conflict or the sense of getting stuck or hopeless.  We facilitate awareness and direct interaction between opposing positions or roles; and work with escalation, accusations, issue of rank and privilege and communication style.

Whereas normally people might either avoid emotions around hot issues or fall in headfirst, we carefully facilitate at such ‘hot spots’ as doorways to a deeper dimension of understanding and contact, and finding creative pathways together.

Our methods are based on the principle of ‘deep democracy’. The premise is that communities are wiser, when all viewpoints and dimensions of experience are included in a facilitated interaction. When awareness enters the picture, we don’t just repeat the conversation, but rather begin to transform it.

5. Forum outcomes
Out of these interactions, a new fabric of community relationships is woven. Deeper understanding emerges. Needs are differentiated and clarified, and directions forward become apparent or fleshed out.

6. New initiatives and Hubs of activity

Forums bring inspiration, relationships and clarity, which can bring spontaneous new initiatives or the formation of new community organisations.

To encourage this impact, working groups or ‘hubs’ are selected to pursue a strong initiative or action that arises out of the Forum.

Each working group or ‘hub’ has a ‘hub coordinator’, who will stay closely connected to the local Partner and CFOR, and to the other coordinators. In this way we stay linked as a network of activities, seated in the depth of feeling, clarity and possibilities experienced at the Forum.

7. Sustainability, Long-term work or three year cycles

Sustainability and long-term programmes arise from the community and dreams. One strategy that supports sustainability is to invite selected participants who have been actively involved in the Forum and ‘hub’ activities to continue in a three-year programme.

The three-year programme consists of Facilitation Training and Mentoring designed to support the community activities underway.

Participants present their ‘hub’ work within the following years’ Forum, and continue to study facilitation skills for dealing with polarisations, backlash, and hot spots that inevitably arise along the way, while staying close to one’s dreams.

For example, in a Forum dealing with issues of recovery and reconciliation in the aftermath of genocide, we might anticipate a creative initiative to address the legacy of gender violence, and current issues of gender in society. The participants of this ‘hub’ will receive training to support their facilitation skills around this topic.  And the participant may develop educational opportunities and dialogue within schools and other community organisations, and across different parts of the country.

8. Getting it out and being part of a larger network of activity

At CFOR we write and publish articles and reports, but also support programme participants in grass-roots social media, filming, art projects, and more.

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Upcoming Training Courses

The Spirit of Practice: Worldwork Facilitation for our Times [Flyer]
Autumn Intensive in London
October 12-17, 2018

Annual Facilitation for Leaders course [Flyer]
Modular Training Course in London
2018 - 2019

CFOR follow-up courses [Flyer]
Worldwork Series and Dojo in London
Various dates in 2018 and 2019 (please consult the flyer)

Please contact admin@cfor.info for applications or any questions.

Events and News

Seminar with Arlene and Jean-Claude Audergon

Jean-Claude and Arlene Audergon are giving a 2 day seminar in Bonn, Germany on October 26 and 27 2018: "Inner Work as pathway to your inner and outer world". You can find the flyer here.

Seminar with Arnold and Amy Mindell

Your Dreams, Body and Dreambody’s Message for our World: Arnold and Amy Mindell at the C.G. Jung Club, London, 27 & 28 April 2019 (Saturday and Sunday), from 10.00 – 5.30. See the flyer here.


Watch the episode ‘Perpetrators and Youth’, a part of the new CFOR film series, ‘Stopping the World: Worldwork in Rwanda’.

USA - Montgomery Alabama

We visited the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum.
See Arlene's blogpost: 
'Back in the USA' - Bryan Stevenson's contribution to our needed conversation about Truth and Reconciliation 


Watch the excerpt from 'For the Next Generation: Worldwork in Rwanda':View 4.5 min short video

Watch the full Documentary 'For the Next Generation: Worldwork in Rwanda':


Recent article: ‘Contribution of worldwork methodology for violence prevention and community recovery after mass violence: An example from Rwanda’, in Psychotherapy and Politics International, John Wiley and Sons. [ Click Here ]


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