Facilitation Skills for Conservation and Development Practice

LAS 6291
Section 6304, Class #27352

Days: Tuesdays
Times: 9:35am- 12:35pm
Location: Grinter Hall 376

Course description

Do you plan to work in the public sector? The private sector? Higher education? The non-profit sector? Professionals working in Sustainable Conservation and/or Development (and other fields) must know how to work collaboratively as members of in-house teams, inter-organizational partnerships and projects requiring engagement with diverse actors, groups, and institutions. Effective collaboration and governance require a specific set of skills that range from designing and running effective meetings to helping diverse and often competing interests work and plan together. Graduate students in this class will develop and strengthen facilitation skills and approaches through active practice and reflection. By the end of the class participants should feel more confident leading groups, facilitating group decision-making, working with research partners and being effective collaborative problem-solvers both off and on campus. This class fulfills the professional skills requirement for TCD certificates and is designed for graduate student from ANY discipline.


Jonathan Dain
Director, Natural Resource Leadership Institute
Senior Lecturer, Tropical Conservation and Development Program
Center for Latin American Studies
388 Grinter Hall
Email: jdain@latam.ufl.edu
Tel: 352-273-4713

Research Interests

Natural resource conflicts, collaborative governance, facilitation and mediation, training program design, natural resource conservation and management, sustainable development

Geographic Expertise

Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru