Stakeholder Dialogue/Consensus Building     

Stakeholder dialogue workshops use a range of techniques, some in plenary sessions and some in small groups.  Techniques include: visioning, metaplan, listing, (genuine) brainstorming, carousel, common grounding, continuums, measures of agreement/levels of support, timelines.

We also invent new techniques where they are needed.  Examples include: interactive Venn diagrams and sustainability triangles, benefit and disbenefits analysis.

De Bono Facilitation and Thinking Systems     

Facilitation of De Bono’s thinking systems including: Six Thinking Hats, Parallel thinking, Lateral Thinking techniques. Random entry technique, Consequence and Sequel.

Asset Based Inquiry     

This involves processes and questions that help people study, discuss, learn from and build on what’s working rather than simply trying to fix what is not.

Participatory mapping     

Many of the processes we facilitate require participatory mapping.  We have developed methods for doing participatory GIS in workshops.

Participatory Rural Appraisal

Time Lines, semi structured interviews, mapping, techniques which do not rely on literacy.

Participatory Systems thinking  

 ‘Systems thinking’ is a discipline that encourages analysis at a systems level (it rejects the idea that adding reductionist knowledge adds up to understanding a system).  Techniques include: Rich Pictures, Causal Diagrams, Effect Diagrams.

Group Process Consultancy    

GPS is an approach for working with groups and helping people to be mindful of both the task and the dynamics.  It is most relevant for groups of 12 or so people who work together on a regular basis but provides insights for working with larger groups.


Sometimes as part of a stakeholder dialogue it is necessary to undertake other forms of engagement outside workshops such as semi structured interviews, questionnaires, and surveys and we have experience in these methods.

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