Skip to main content

Examples for Facilitation Training

Examples for Facilitation Training

Examples of Moderating and Recording



This video shows a series of clips from two different deliberations. Many people ask for visuals to help their learning and they are often difficult to locate. We offer this as a teaching resource for those who are teaching or learning about the National Issues Forums approach to deliberation. We do not offer these examples as the only way or even the way to moderate a National Issues Forum deliberation. We offer these as a type of visual example for you to discuss and consider as you build your own or others’ deliberation skills.

These videos are available for your non-profit educational use with our permission. Please email for permission.

Race and Katrina

On Feb. 10, 2011, CPD organized a forum, “Race and Katrina.”

Initiative Goals

Hold a forum, allowing students and faculty to discuss issues related to the Katrina event and their relation to racial politics.

Abrahamic Faiths

On Mar. 8, 2011, CPD organized a forum, “Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Speakers were: Eric Luchetta, Rabbi Stuart Federow, Erkan Kurt, Institute for Interfaith Dialogue.

Initiative Goals

Bring representatives of these three faiths together to talk about common ground and to promote an atmosphere of peaceful dialogue and respectful disagreement.

UHD 3rd Ethics Conference

On Mar. 22, 2011, CPD co-sponsored the “UHD 3rd Ethics Conference.” There were three panel discussions: a) “Institutional Ethics”; b) “Intersection, Ethics, and Public Address” ; c) “Inter-religious Dialogue and Ethics in the University”

Initiative Goals

Hold a forum allowing students and faculty to talk about how we can best create a campus culture that is ethical.


In the spring of 2011, CPD held three episodes of “Dialectics,” a forum for faculty and students to continue discussing topics raised in previous CPD events.

Dialectics Episode 1 (Race and Katrina) – Discussion of a CPD event at UHD, “Race and Katrina.” Feb. 10, 2011.

Dialectics Episode 2 (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) – Discussion of a CPD Interfaith event at UHD on Mar. 8, 2011.

Dialectics Episode 3 (The Ethical University) – Discussion of the Mar. 22, 2011 UHD Ethics Conference, “What is the Ethical University?”

Initiative Goals

Continue and enrich the discussion that we had begun in the previously held CPD events.

Initiative Outcomes

Diana Bowen and Paul Fortunato published two articles building on the experience of these events, particularly the interfaith events. These articles are the following:

“Communication Theory Meets Interfaith Dialogue.” (Diana Bowen and Paul Fortunato). A Communication Perspective on Interfaith Dialogue: Living Within the Abrahamic Traditions. Ed. Daniel Brown. New York: Lexington Books, of Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.

“Deliberative Democracy and Interfaith Dialogue: An Applied Perspective.” (Diana Bowen and Paul Fortunato). Interfaith Dialogue in Practice: Christian, Muslim, Jew. Ed. Daniel Brown. Kansas City, Missouri: Rockhurst University Press, 2012.

Dialectics Episode 1 (Race and Katrina)

Dialectics Episode 2 (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)

Dialectics Episode 3 (The Ethical University)