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Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings

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Stakeholder Engagement

Priority Issue(s):

Community Resilience

Host Partner(s):

Grand Bay Reserve


map icon Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Point, MS


calendar icon3/18/2015 - 3/19/2015



Max Applicants:


Learn to design meetings that enhance problem solving and minimize conflict.  Collaboration can be complicated, requiring  a systematic approach. This course provides the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches. The skills will be useful even when attending, but not running, meetings.  This two-day course will be taught by national trainers from NOAA's Coastal Services Center and is designed to increase your ability to plan and facilitate a meeting that minimizes conflict and enhances problem solving.

Course overview:
Collaboration is often cited as a good way to address coastal resource management issues, but the collaborative process is complicated, requiring a systematic approach. This course provides the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches. The skills will be useful even when attending, but not running, a collaborative meeting.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
-  Determine if a collaborative process is appropriate
-  Select people with the skill sets needed to fill each meeting role
-  Learn and practice facilitation skills
-  Use appropriate process tools and techniques to address the meeting objectives
-  Manage conflict in meetings by understanding group dynamics
-  Identify disruptive behaviors in group processes and practice strategies to deal with them

Topics that will be covered:

The Collaborative Process
Step 1 – Assess the Collaborative Potential
Step 2 – Engage Stakeholders
Step 3 – Understand the Issue
Step 4 – Generate Alternatives
Step 5 – Select Alternative
Step 6 – Implement Alternative

Your Instructors:

Ann Weaver joined the Center in July 2004 as a program and training specialist. Her courses include “Public Issues and Conflict Management,” “Project Design and Evaluation. Ms. Weaver was certified as a Professional Facilitator by the International Association of Facilitators in April 2011. Prior to coming to the Center, Ms. Weaver worked as the Coastal Training Program coordinator at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, where she coordinated the completion of a market analysis and needs assessment for the program. Ms. Weaver obtained her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Washington, and her master’s degree in biology at Florida Atlantic University.

Marian Hanisko joined the NOAA Coastal Services Center in 2010 as a coastal management specialist with The Baldwin Group. In this position, she teaches Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings and works with federal, state, and local partners to address community resilience and climate change adaptation planning issues. Mrs. Hanisko has over ten years of experience in coastal management and policy with a special emphasis in workshop design, meeting planning, and facilitation. Before joining the Center, she served as the coastal training program coordinator at the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Moss Point, Mississippi, where she designed and hosted training workshops for natural resource managers and local elected officials.

To register, visit www.gulfalliancetraining.org and look to the left-hand column for “Upcoming Workshops”. Look to the right-hand top corner and click "Register Online". 

Registration is FREE and Lunch is provided!!

Questions? Contact Sarah Harrison at 228-475-7047 or Sarah.Harrison@dmr.ms.gov.