Planning is underway for the 2018 Spring Training!
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Spring Training Topic Announced: Toolz for Tough Conversations with Mary Dumas
The Education Committee is pleased to announce the presenter for the 2018 Spring Training: Mary Dumas.
Toolz for Tough Conversations is a conflict de-escalation and civil discourse training program that prepares individuals, organizations, and communities for cross-sector discussions, deliberations, and decision-making.
Civility in our democracy is not about squelching assertiveness, protest, civil disobedience or rigorous discussion of the issues. Civil discourse and deliberation is a set of attitudes, behaviors, and skills that support thoughtful, fact- and values-based discussions when community residents and public officials come together. Inclusive engagement strategies assure that leaders and those who will be impacted by decisions are engaged in constructive and functional ways to move forward on strategies for the future.
Excerpt from Toolz curriculum
The Toolz program is the result of five years of piloting and refinement based on peer review from professional organizations and feedback from clients (reviewers shown on page 3). Dumas & Associates, Inc has trained over 500 individuals in Washington State and California in the Toolz for Tough Conversations’ key concepts and practical skills for interpersonal conversations, small group discussions, and public forums.
— From the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
Training Dates and Locations
Dates and locations are being finalized. Trainings will be held in June in Portland, Bend, Eugene, and Medford.