Designing

Conversations

How might we design conversations that inspire internal reflection?

AGENCY

Partnership with NYU

ROLE

Facilitator

LOCATION

New York

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The Facilitators

In communities ranging from big corporate organizations to small religious groups, people want to make a change, but aren't sure about how to achieve that at a bigger level. 

 

We help catalyze this transformation process. 

Elana Wolpert and I, facilitate conversations on diversity and inclusiveness, that give people a space to reflect on their own actions and ideate on actionable steps.

Our Process

Our first step in working with a community is to understand it's needs and current state/culture. We then try to identify a preferred state and the motivations of the community partner to hold a conversation. Each conversation's goal therefore varies with the community's needs.  

 

These conversations are often about uncomfortable or sensitive topics, and hence, need design. Our primary purpose is to make these difficult conversations constructive between people with diverse identities and opinions. Therefore, Elana and I spend a lot of time planning the right flow and minute details for each session. 

Facilitators

Community

We brainstorm with our community partners to identify topics most relevant to them

We co-create the flow of the session with the partners by getting their feedback on the facilitation guide

We facilitate the conversation with the community and get extensive feedback to improve our practice. 

COMMUNITY

TOPIC

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

DATE

Clay Space

Peoples needs as a creator and as a part of the community 

10

November, 2018

Muslim Graduate student group and various interfaith communities

Identity: Who We Are and What We Choose

22

April, 2019

NYU Dental Community

Exploring the Self and Others in Daily Dental Life

8

Oct, 2019

Muslim Graduate student group and various interfaith communities

Otherness

40

Nov, 2019