Workshops to transform ideas into action!

Workshops to transform ideas into action

Enabling innovative thinking through best practice stakeholder dialogue

The overview

We design and deliver engaging workshops that catalyse change. We have over 20 years’ experience in designed deliberative dialogue – taking a bold approach to deliver lasting results. We get the best from people; giving you great value for money.

Through our workshop facilitation, we not only shine a light on the key themes of the dialogue, but we work with you to clearly outline the steps needed to turn those themes into actionable outcomes. 

People want to feel respected when sharing their views in workshops. To enable this, we design and facilitate workshops drawing on our knowledge of power, psychology, and group dynamics. When we facilitate, we stay neutral and manage group dynamics and behaviour to ensure everyone can speak and express their view. We facilitate so stakeholders make progress based on the merit of points, not power, dominance, or status.

Facilitation

When facilitating, we encourage cooperative behaviour using a variety of skills and techniques:

  • In the way we group people and use space
  • Creating norms of respect via ground rules and our own behaviour
  • Ensuring quiet people get the chance to speak
  • Managing strong or dominating individuals
  • Writing the essence of everything down so people feel listened to
  • Creating norms around using everyday language
  • Managing any unhelpful behaviour or status games

✓ Gain clarity
✓ Communicate ideas
✓ Align key themes
✓ Create an action plan
✓ Imagine success

Davis Mason
National Trust of England
LIFE Project Manager

There has definitely been a shift in people’s perceptions and attitudes to what we are trying to achieve. Also from here an appreciation of the value of this process. Listening to people, allowing them to be heard and have a real input into the decisions we are taking and information we are putting out has generated a positive feeling from those involved.

Steve Avery
New forest National Park
Director of Strategy and Planning

I would whole-heartedly recommend them to anyone seeking to resolve conflict and to better understand different viewpoints.

Mark Reed
Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability
Senior Lecturer

I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work and the amazing job you did under a very challenging brief! I couldn’t have wished for things to go better but more than anything it was just great being able to trust you to do a great job and keep everything under control.

Adrian Clarke
National Trust

I have never seen such expert facilitation before – the level of detail that went into the pre-planning to ensure workshops and meetings went smoothly was staggering – and highly effective.

Rosemary Selling
Stronger Kent Communities

The Away Day has been very helpful in developing the strategic plan for SKC and has given the plan new life! I would be very happy to recommend you to other colleagues.

Steven Husbands

I had a blast and this was definitely one of the best, if not the best, workshops I have attended. Absolutely the best facilitators and facilitation process to date.

Jovo Pokrajac

It was fantastic, mostly because everyone was included. I would like to participate in training like this again if ever I had the chance – phenomenal experience!

UNFCC
Manager of Programme

Heartfelt thanks for your excellent contribution to this project, which was an un-contested success.

Institute of Marine Science Norway
Principal Scientist

It was a pleasure working with you – and the stakeholders were of the same opinion. A job well done!

Sarah Curtin
Devon and Severn Ifca
Environment Officer

Very informative and good mix between interactive and listening….I learned a lot of useful techniques and learned about myself

David Bavin

Huge input of energy from the team – great investment in the experience for participants.

Sean P Kelly
Northern Ireland Environment Link
Development Manager

I think you have done an excellent job in very trying and constantly changing circumstances.

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