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Daily Nourishing Reflection #17: Structured Participation & Empowering/Disempowering Structures

Welcome to day #17 of the Intentionally Equitable Hospitality (IEH) series for May 2024! We hope you are having a nice end to your week (or weekend for some).

Daily Facilitation Tip: Structured Participation

Today’s video is by Sherri Spelic, where she talks about how as facilitators we should prepare workshops/learning spaces that we ourselves would be interested in attending, which would help us think about what it would be like to be in this workshop and thus come up with the best ways to engage our participants. She shares facilitation tips about structuring the audience’s participation and mentions structured dialogue as well. Enjoy watching/listening!

Daily Optional Additional Material

Video: Structured Dialogue

Daily Activity: Empowering/Disempowering Structures

Reflect on structures that empower or disempower certain groups. Or structures or experiences that naturally engage or disengage certain people, from your experience facilitating.

Even “liberating structures” meant to “liberate” may work for some groups and not others – explore a couple of them and reflect on who may be empowered or disempowered by such structures. As always, please make sure to post your reflections on the SPLOT so we can all see and engage with them as well.

One More Thing…

Have you shared your feedback with us yet? We would love to gather your insights about how the IEH Series went for you. We are using the 2 minute paper format so please take a couple of mins to fill out the form. If you were registered for IEH you will receive the link again to the feedback form in your email today.

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This post is part of the Intentionally Equitable Hospitality Series in May 2024, which includes daily emails (of the same content here) and three live sessions.

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