Keystone’s Adaptive Facilitation workshop is for those who want to leverage the wisdom and power of diverse groups to produce lasting solutions to complex questions.

Often the biggest questions require a combination of expertise, perspectives, resources, and authorities to resolve.  Managing such conversations in a productive and respectful way requires balancing the complex, interrelated needs, values, and experiences of participants.  This complexity benefits from a skilled facilitator who can focus on the context as much as the content of the exchange, on the interests that shape emotions, and on fostering the relationships necessary to support sustainable outcomes.

In this workshop, facilitation tools and techniques are underpinned with a solid grounding in theory, so workshop participants will know why they are effective and be able to select and apply them in differing situations. By the end of the workshop, participants should:

  1. Know when and under what circumstances a facilitative approach will be effective.
  2. Be able to plan a process from beginning to end that will build relationships and produce concrete outcomes.
  3. Feel practiced in the facilitative role and know the skills and traits of an effective facilitator.
  4. Have a range of facilitative tools and know when and how to apply them to accomplish well-defined goals.
  5. Understand ways to diagnose and respond productively to difficult situations and manage their own responses to conflict.

The workshop will occur in-person at the Keystone Policy Center offices at 303 East 17th Avenue, Suite 400, Denver, CO 80203

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For more information about the Adaptive Facilitation workshop, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop in your area, contact Jonathan Geurts,, (720) 295-9842.

Brad Sperber

Brad Sperber is a Senior Policy Director at Keystone Policy Center, providing expertise in collaborative decision-making — including facilitation, mediation, public and stakeholder engagement, and issue assessment — locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and facilitating dialogue and research processes that assist public, civic, and private sector organizations in solving complex shared problems. His project experience spans public health and healthcare, education, human rights, agriculture, energy, and the environment.  Clients include the Pacific Island Health Officers Association, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Asian Development Bank, and the Louisiana Department of Education.  He holds a M.Div from Harvard University and a B.A. in history and religion from St. Olaf College.

Jonathan Geurts is a Senior Project Manager at Keystone.  His focus on public and private land management has connected agricultural supply chains – from farmer to retailer – on sustainability principles, engaged communities on joint needs for adjacent public lands, and helped land and water planners problem solve for a water scarce future. He holds a M.A. in conflict resolution from the University of Denver.

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About Keystone Policy Center

Keystone Policy Center is a trusted non-profit organization founded in 1975 to drive actionable, shared solutions to contentious agriculture, environment, energy, education, and public health issues. Keystone is recognized by public, private, and civic-sector leaders throughout the United States for independent, collaborative problem-solving approaches that offer a proven blueprint for progress and collective impact.  Keystone’s trainers have tested theory with years of real-world experience building multi-sector collaboratives and facilitating public engagement.