Oregon Humanities facilitates dialogue and reflection activities with community groups, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses. We get people talking across differences about the big questions that drive their work in the world. Additionally, we train discussion leaders to facilitate conversations on particular topics or at their own workplace.
Our facilitated discussions help build strong teams and improve employee engagement and morale. We can help your team members build strong relationships with colleagues and community members and deepen their commitment to your mission.
Our discussion facilitation training can help you organize and lead more creative and productive meetings and articulate your values to engage more effectively with your employees, partners, and community.
To learn more about Oregon Humanities’ workplace programs, contact Rachel Bernstein, partnership and training manager, at (503) 241-0543, ext. 124, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Some recent examples of our workplace programs include the following:
Portland Children’s Museum
Oregon Humanities led a series of three workshops on the subject of diversity and equity for seventy Portland Children’s Museum employees from all levels and departments of the organization.
Ruth Shelly, the museum’s executive director, said, “The way the conversation was facilitated got us all talking together about complex, sensitive issues of both personal and organizational importance. The skillful guidance through self-reflection prepared us to tackle difficult topics from a safe place of trust and respect. I know there’s a long and challenging road ahead, but this work—the process, not the product—helped us take the first steps in the right direction.”
Portland State University
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Portland State University asked Oregon Humanities to plan and facilitate focus-group and college-wide discussions to determine what major issues the college faced and potential routes to resolving those issues.
Karen Marrongelle, interim dean of the college, said of “played an essential role in asking the right questions so that the goals of the conversation were appropriately framed; this was a critical piece of making the Conversation a success.”
Oregon Community Foundation
Oregon Humanities planned and facilitated dialogue and reflection activities at a team retreat for Oregon Community Foundation’s Studio to School initiative. Oregon Humanities staff prepared discussion materials, introduced and wrapped up the session, and led breakout conversations with seventy-two team members.
We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the following organizations on facilitated discussion programs.
- Cambia Health Solutions
- City Club of Portland
- Great Books Foundation
- Maine Humanities Council
- New York Humanities Council
- North Portland Library
- Oregon Campus Compact–AmeriCorps VISTA
- Oregon Community Foundation Latino Partnership Project
- Oregon Community Foundation Studio to School Project
- Portland Children’s Museum
- Portland Playhouse
- Portland State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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