What commitments does ethical facilitation require?

Effective facilitation is more than just tools and techniques. It is also about values, ethics, and integrity.

Note: The previously shared January content schedule will start up next week with the posts originally scheduled for January 5 and 8. Until then, here are a few questions I sit with regularly as I contemplate how to facilitate ethical and inclusive conversations. I invite you to do the same

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What does facilitating ethical and inclusive conversations look like in action when some of the voices in those conversations may spout lies, conspiracy theories, or other potentially harmful rhetoric?

When individuals profess unwavering belief in, and/or commitment to, disproven information or irrational beliefs, what is the appropriate facilitative response?

Can we build containers for meaningful conversation if in order to do so, some participants are asked to endure speech that is marginalizing, dismissive, or oppressive of their very identity?

How do we help group members enact a commitment to mutual respect if the beliefs or positions of some participants are inherently disrespectful of others?

How do we ensure that we do not become a unilateral moral arbiter for a group’s conversation instead of facilitating a group’s members aligning their speech and other actions with the group’s stated and shared values?

What speech, if any, would disqualify individuals’ right to be heard by other members of a group?

What questions or considerations would you add when thinking about facilitating ethical and inclusive conversations? Note them in the comments section.