Video: Moderating Deliberative Discussions
This free workshop served as an introduction for new moderators and as a refresher and deeper dive for those who are experienced. Watch a recording of the workshop below, download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation here.
For most of us, it’s a new experience to sit down with others to talk about a complex public problem. When these kinds of discussions do occur, it can be challenging to consider different perspectives in ways that are thought-provoking and deliberative.
Many find that such discussions are much more constructive when led by a moderator who helps participants maintain an atmosphere for productive conversation. The moderator asks questions that probe deeply into the issue at hand and helps participants weigh possible actions and next steps.
While the skills of being a moderator are not hard to grasp, it takes conscious effort for most of us to deliberately step out of the role of participant and into the role of moderator. Many people find it useful to explore and practice the skills of being a moderator before they step up to that role in public.